Winter months make mountains come alive in all their glory. Our gorgeous, mighty Himalayas take pride in being home to a cool list of winter sports that will give any adventure junkie a sure shot adrenaline rush. From ice hockey to skiing, from snow rugby to snow cycling, the hill-states in India come alive in winters with all the possible ways you can play with snow!
Of course, by far, the most popular of the winter sports is skiing . The feeling of sliding down the snow-clad high peaks must only be experienced at least once. Some of the best places to head to for a skiing experience are:
- Gulmarg, Pahalgam in Jammu and Kashmir
- Manali, Kufri, Solang, Narkanda in Himachal Pradesh
- Auli, Munsiyari, Dayara Bugyal in Uttarakhand
- Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh
Perched at about 3,000m above sea level, Auli is one of fastest growing ski destinations in the region. Nestled in the not-so-old carved out state, Uttarakhand, Auli has already been a host to the first edition of the South Asian Winter Games. Auli boasts of some of the highest peaks that make skiing here another adventure.
And don't worry if you have never attempted this before. We got you covered with the subject-matter expert (SME), GIO Adventures. How? Well, what else would you call them if not SME when we tell you that GIO Adventures not just offers ski courses for all difficulty levels but also offers ski lodges in the most breathtaking settings, in the lap of Himalayas for your comfort?
For getting you to understand this sport, GIO Adventures has Beginners, Intermediate and Expert levels. And if you just are short of time, and yet want to attempt this, they have courses with shorter durations as well. Their ski courses are conducted by expert skiers and instructors. If you are thinking about missing out instructions in between, well, their instructor to student ratio is 6:1. So, attention will always be around you. Did we mention that once you sign up, you are provided the ski gear and equipments too?
So, what is it that’s holding you back? Apply for some days off from work, book the course level with GIO depending on what level of proficiency you want to achieve, buy a plane/train/bus ticket, pack a bag of woolens and just go. It really is as simple as that. And trust us, a stint at skiing and you will have one thing off your bucket list. Something, that doesn’t need you to plan so much or contemplate at. In fact, you might get so used to the thrill and fun of it, you would already be looking at next skiing season already!
To help you plan, here’s some handy information:
- Closest airport - Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun, 281 kms
- Closest railway station – Rishikesh, 210 kms and Dehradun, 260 kms
- Cabs are easily available from both the stations and airport for Auli
Go, ski this winter away in white, lofty slopes of Himalayas! You won’t want the winter to end, we promise!