How to skiing in Auli?

The Indian Himalayas provide an excellent skiing experience owing to their great height which makes for long descents. The vast open spaces, snow clad mountains and the height of skiing slopes in India are enough to pump up the adrenaline in any ski enthusiast. India’s ski resorts are largely confined to the western half of the Himalayas- in Uttarakhand – high enough to get a good cover of snow during the winter months, yet low enough to be easily accessible.

For the avid skier, cross-country runs of 10-20 km are now available, with the added advantage of fresh powder snow, away from criss-crossing streams of skiers that overtake the slopes of the European Alps. Because of their height and spread, Garhwal, like other sectors of the Himalayas, offers the thrills of exploratory long distance skiing.

The skiing destination: Auli

Auli, in the Garhwal Himalayas, is a favourite skiing destination for many not just because of its beautiful glittering slopes but for the nice, clean environment as well. Located around 250 kms away from Rishikesh in UttarakhandAuli is a must visit destination if skiing is your passion. The slopes are located at an altitude of almost 2500 to 3000 metres, offering exciting skiing opportunities to both beginners as well as professional skiers

The potential of snow dressed slopes of Auli, once the training grounds for the Paramilitary forces was adjudged by the French and Austrian experts who compared it with the best skiing grounds of the world, and rated it as one of the best. The sheer height and spread of the snow clad mountains, with the added advantage of powdered snow are tempting enough to magnetize the adventurous spirits of the avid skier, providing all the thrill and excitement attached to the game. From January to April, the Auli slopes are usually covered with a thick carpet of snow, about 3 metres deep. The stretch of 3-kms with a drop in elevation of 500m is considered to be a very good skiing ground by international standard.

The region provides immense opportunities for adventure sports like skiing and thrilling water sports which make Auli an ideal venue for adventure seekers. It is a ski touring and cultural paradise, and whatever the weather, you can always get out skiing and riding. Being on this tour lets you enjoy skiing on the slopes of Auli which provide enough thrills to professional skier and novice as well.

The region provides immense opportunities for adventure sports like skiing and thrilling water sports which make Auli an ideal venue for adventure seekers. It is a ski touring and cultural paradise, and whatever the weather, you can always get out skiing and riding. Being on this tour lets you enjoy skiing on the slopes of Auli which provide enough thrills to professional skier and novice as well.

It is connected to Joshimath by a 3.5 km long cable car provides an excellent panoramic view of the mountain peaks like Nanda Devi, Kamet and Dronagiri.

The 6-day Skiing Programme

Slip your feet into heavy skiing boots, clamp them on to the skis and let gravity do the rest. Travel in cruise control down the meandering snow slopes leaving behind you a blazing trail white powder. How does it feel?

The 6-day Skiing course is designed to let you experience the thrills of this sport in a safe environment. We have experienced instructors on board and world class skiing equipment to ensure that you have an amazing learning experience.

During the program you will learn the basics of skiing and get to practise the skills you pick up on slopes of varying gradients. Keep in mind that as a beginner you will fall down a lot while practicing, but don’t lose hope. Given proper training and instruction on this sport it is not that difficult to learn.

Our skiing team would ensure that each time you come down, both your confidence and experience increases exponentially. Our team of qualified skiing instructors will ensure that you learn skiing and get hooked on to this marvellous sport.

Indicative timings

08.00 am: Breakfast 09.00 am: Briefing by the instructor 09.45: Equipment fitting and check 10.00am to 01.00pm: Skiing Lessons start 1.00pm to 02.30: Lunch break and relaxation 2:30pm to 3.30 pm: Skiing/Sightseeing

Note: You can opt for snow-boarding instead of skiing on a particular day at an additional cost of Rs. 1500/- per person. Kindly make and confirm such requests in advance.

Brief Itinerary

Day 1 :- Arrival Auli
Day 2 :- Auli (skiing)
Day 3 :- Learn to stand
Day 4 :- Skiing lessons – runs and turns
Day 5 :- Skiing lessons at advance slopes
Day 6 :- Return to Haridwar

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Auli

You will be picked up from Haridwar and after 280 kms drive through the scenic Garhwal Himalayas, you will reach your skiing destination Auli in 7-8 hours. You can relax at the clean and comfortable guest house.

Day 2: Auli (skiing)

After an early breakfast, you will be introduced to our experienced skiing instructors. They will ensure that you learn the basics of skiing during the course. You will slip, slide, fall and bang but have a lot of fun. You will learn ‘walking’ all over again, as doing it on snow with skis is a totally different experience. You will also pick up some key sliding techniques over the beautiful snow clad earth. At the end of an eventful session, the most important thing you will understand is learning from your falls.

Day 3: Learn to stand

Today is same as the previous day, you’ll just fall less, we guess. After a round of instructions, you begin to balance on the skies. You will now be able to stand on the skis and learn to apply breaks on your own. The first few rounds will all be about crash landing at the end of the slope. Mind you, these sessions will also be marked by many fall and recovery incidents.

Day 4: Skiing lessons – runs and turns

It’s the day to move ahead. You learn how to move forward on a gentle slope. You will perfect your parallel turns and snow plough turns. The snowplough turn is a braking and turning skiing technique, usually taught to beginners. The front tips of the skis are brought together and the tails pushed wide apart, with the knees rolled inwards slightly. By applying pressure against the snow with the edges of the skis, speed is reduced and the skier can stop completely.

Day 5: Skiing lessons at advance slopes

Here’s the final day of skiing and your chance to show-off your mastery with the skis. Your instructor will take you to an advance slope. This slope is much longer than the beginner slope, and you will definitely gain a lot of speed while sliding on it. Your instructor will be with you for the entire duration to help you perfect your ski runs. Once perfected, you’ll be honoured with a certificate of appreciation.

Day 6: Return to Haridwar

After an extensive learning programme, you plan your trip back. We’re sure your freshly carved ski lines will be a part of your most cherished memories. And you’ll return to experience ice cold winds running through your hair and powdery snow flakes caressing your face, once again.

Instructions:

1) Choose to wear proper fitting ski boots that will help you keep warm.
2) Don’t wear very thick socks or more than one pair, as this will hamper your blood circulation and your feet might become cold again.
3) Wear ski pants instead of jeans or sweatpants.
4) Wear waterproof jackets and gloves.

How to Reach

By Air :-
Jolly Grant Airport is the airport serving Dehradun, located about 48 km from the Haridwar. There is a daily flight from Delhi for Dehradun

By Train:-
From Delhi -DDN NZM AC EXPRESS (2205)
From Kolkata- Doon Express (13009)
From Mumbai- Dehradun Express (19019)
From Chennai- Dehardun express (12687)

By Road :-
By road, Haridwar is well connected with major destinations of the country. NH72 connects Haridwar to Nahan (125 km) to the north-west, and thereon to Panchkula, Chandi¬garh and Shimla. NH 72 terminates at Dehardun, which is at 54km from Haridwar. Haridwar is located at a distance of 235 km from Delhi. NH72A links Haridwar to NH58 at Roorkee (35 km) and thereon south to Meerut (170 km) and Delhi (235 km). There is regular bus service from Delhi for Haridwar from Delhi’s ISBT Kashmere Gate.

Cost Terms

Inclusions :-
1. Transport from Haridwar to Joshimath and return.
2. Accommodation (Home stay/ Guest House)
3. 1 round ticket of chair car per person per day (On day 3 to day 4 as per itinerary)
4. Meals – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, morning tea, evening soup and snacks as per itinerary (From Dinner on day 01 to Breakfast on day 06)
5. Skiing equipment rental (For ski, boots and sticks)
6. Ski Instructors’ fees
7. Applicable taxes

Exclusions :-
1. Ski Lift charges
2. Hire charges for winter wear / clothing / extra equipment (ApproxRs 700 per day for jacket, trouser, ski goggles and gloves. Please note that this is only indicative hire charges)
3. Meals – other than breakfast lunch and dinner as indicated in the itinerary
4. Mineral water and other beverages
5. Any kind of personal expenses
6. Travel or any kind of insurance
7. Tips
8. Anything which is not mentioned above

Terms and Conditions:-
1. Fee includes boarding, lodging (Sharing accommodation) ski equipments (Skies, Ski boot & Ski Pole) & training charges at Auli.
2. Minimum age of the participant is 13 year old. Student under the age of 18 years are required to submit a certificate of date of birth as well as a bonafide student certificate from school/college along with the application form failing with he/she may be charged full fee.
3. Participants are requested to fill the online booking form in our website and after that participant will get the payment and confirmation letter from TTH.
4. Separate sharing accommodation will be provided to female participants.
5. Please bring along one recent passport size photograph for the Ski lift & chair lift.
6. In case of accidental damage or loss of Ski equipment the full cost of equipment & an additional penalty shall be charged from the concerned individual on the spot.
7. Participants must be physically fit for Snow Skiing Course.

Note : Normally TTH expect to carry your personal luggage on your own, if you don’t want to carry your backpack so you can give it to porter, but you have to informe us in advance and have to pay Rs. 300/- extra per day per bag. To book a Trek/ adventure program please use our online booking form or, alternatively, you can call us on the given for confirmation of tour you have to wire a deposit and initial deposit.

Paying the Trek/ Adventure activity fee: The fee can be paid by online transfer/check deposit/ demand draft. Instruction for payment will be forwarded along with your confirmation email. When your transfer is done, please e-mail us a confirmation mail with your transfer details, so that we can follow up your reservation efficiently.

When to book: It is wise to make your booking at least two months in advance. However, if you want a good deal on your domestic/international flight, we recommend organising your trip at least five months in advance. (Please contact us if you require a late booking)

In the event of cancellation of trek/adventure activity services due to any avoidable / unavoidable reasons we must be notified of the same in writing. Cancellation charges will be effective from the date we receive advice in writing, and cancellation charges would be as follows: –

Up to 24 Days :- 95% of Trek/adventure program cost will be refund.
Between 14-24 Day :- 70% of Trek/adventure program cost will be refund.
Between 14-10 Days :- 50% of Trek/adventure program cost will be refunded.
Less than 10 Days :- No refund

Risk & Respond

High Altitude Treks: Risk and Response A high altitude trek calls for an adventurous attitude, but embarking on an adventurous trip without calculating the risks is utter stupidity. That’s why we have listed a few risks and the response planned by TTH to minimise or address the risks in the best possible way.

Risk: Altitude Before you start the trek, it is important to understand the implications of high altitude on your body. Be aware of symptoms of AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) like mild headache, nausea and general discomfort.

Response: If you feel any of these symptoms, inform the trek leader on priority and follow his instructions. Every campsite has as stretcher, fully equipped first aid kit, oxygen cylinders to address the situation.

Risk: Weather Weather is unpredictable in the Himalayas. Though we are always observant about the changing weather, no one can guarantee a snowfall, rain or Sun. Do understand that your security is of utmost importance to us and we will not proceed any further from the campsite if the weather is not favourable.

Response: The decision of the Trek Leaders and Guides to proceed or wait for the weather to get better will be final.

Risk: Injuries Often, while trekking over difficult terrains, you might have minor injuries like leg sprain, bruises etc. Serious injuries like fractures or major cuts are very rare.

Response: All our Trek Leaders are Certified Wilderness First Aid responders. They are trained to handle emergencies and can tackle minor injuries with a well-equipped first aid kit. In case of serious injuries, the patient is carried on a stretcher to the nearest road-head and is led to nearest medical centre.

Risk: Lack of communication devices In the remote areas of the Himalayas, mobile networks do not reach. On a trek, one is cut off from the world of calls, SMSs or watsapps.

Response: We rely on walkie-talkies and runners to communicate between the campsites and the base camps.

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