Skiing in Auli, Uttaranchal
Skiing - just the thought of it sends the pulse racing. No avid
skier can resist the temptation at the sight of miles and miles of
snow covered fields. Simplest yet most exhilarating of all, it is the
unmatched adventure sport across the world.
Well Uttaranchal offers just that and much more. Wide spread slopes of Kumaon and Garhwal region are a skier's paradise. 10 - 20 kilometer runs among the snow covered valleys and glaciers with the advantage of fresh powder snow attract and welcome skier's.
Famous Skiing Places In Uttaranchal
Auli is one of the most preferred destinations for skiing in
Uttaranchal or even skiing in India. 16 kilometers from Joshimath, Auli Resort, run by Garhwal
Mandal Vikas Nigam(GMVN) is a favourite haunt in winters. The major
attraction among skiers here is a three kilometer long slope with an
altitude of 3049 m to 2519 m. Much credit of making the place a
favourite among the skiers goes to GMVN. They have facilities like
snow beaters to keep the slopes perfect for skiing and others. Another
good thing is that there is a 500 meter long ski lift to take skiers
back to the top so that they save time and energy.
All the equipment for skiing in Auli is available with GMVN, but the tourists should come equipped with heavy woolens as the weather is really chilled. The best time to be here for skiing is from December end to March. And if you are not trained for skiing, never mind, there are qualified ski instructors here to teach you the sport. GMVN organises 7 and 14 day skiing courses for starters. Together with the views of coniferous forests and oak trees, virgin slopes of snow points in Uttarakhand is a skier's dream paradise. Every year National skiing championship and skiing festivals also attract major chunk of skiers to the place.
Dayara Bugyal is a skiing resort some 28 Kilometers from Uttarkashi,
on the Uttarkashi Gangotri road. Bugyal is a local word meaning 'high
altitude meadow'. There is a 8 kilometer trek before you finally reach
Dayara. But if you are an avid fan of skiing then once you are here
you will realize that the trek is worth it. Located at an elevation of
3048 meters, the place is breathtaking in terms of natural beauty. The
view you get of Himalayas from here is panoramic.
Skiing at Dayara becomes a lifetime experience with its 28 kilometers of skiing slopes and literally few other skiers to cross your way, you are on your own for miles of virgin snow territories. Accommodation is available in Bhatwari which is a 6 kilometer trek from here.
129 kilometers from the capital of Dehradun is Mundali coming under the same district. The route to Mundali is via Chakrata, it is a unmettaled yet motorable distance of 36 kilometres. Not just the place has vast expanses of snow covered fields, but also offers some astounding views of Himalayas. The place comes across as a delight particularly for professional skiers, miles and miles of snow feilds and almost no traffic to crisscross. But accommodation here is limited to the forest guest house.
Sixty six kilometers from Munsyari and 127 kilometers from Pithoragarh is Munsyari at an altitude of 2135 meters. Munsyari is not just a skiing destination, it is also a base camp to treks to Milam, Namik and Ralam Glaciers. For accommodation purpose there is a rest house. The place is the bordering beauty since it is the getaway to Johar region.
Other Skiing Places In Uttaranchal
Apart from those mentioned above there are other slopes in
Uttaranchal where you can have a great skiing vacation with your
group. There won't be much facilities available at such places but the
slopes are mostly uncrowded and you have the place on your own.
Kush Kalyan in Uttarkashi along with Kedar Kantha, Panwali & Matya in Distt. Tehri Garhwal and Bedni Bugyal in Chamoli are other places with skiing slopes in Garhwal. Chiplakot trek Valley in Distt. Pithoragarh in Kumaon is also an option you could take up.