Uttarakhand is sprawled at the foothills of snow-clad mountains which makes it a repository of natural beauty and also a hub of many exciting adventure sports and skiing is one of them. Uttarakhand has some of the skier’s perfect hamlets which are listed below.
Auli is a tiny alpine town nestled in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, at the distance of approx 13 km from Joshimath's main city. It is ranked as the top ski resort in India due to its well-maintained pistes of both, the low & high altitude. Auli skiing slopes are well suited for all levels of skiers- beginners, intermediates & professionals. It has 500 mts. & 800 mts. long chair lifts to serve high pistes. Auli has Asia’s longest cable car after Gulmarg, long as 04 Kms, connecting this popular holiday resort with Joshimath city. It also bags the honor of hosting 1st South Asian Winter Games in the year 2011. The best ski season for skiing in Auli lasts for two months Jan & Feb. And if you want to join the winter carnival then it is better to come in February. The dates of Auli's winter carnival 2020 yet not declared but the estimated idea is mid-Feb to last Feb. Recently Auli received its first snowfall in November which is good news for the skiers and we are hoping that this season will be good for the skiers. If you don't know how to do skiing or you want to learn skiing then Auli has a good number of professionals who conduct skiing learning courses where you can apply for the course.
Where to stay: Auli has the hotels/resorts of Deluxe & Semi deluxe categories.
Other places to visit: Auli is the perfect retreat for the summer holidays also. Auli has a plethora of tourist attractions like Badrinath Shrine, Valley of flower, Gurson Bugyal & Hemkund Shahib.
How to reach: By Air: The nearest airport is Jolly Grand. The distance is 275 Km from Jolly grand to Auli.
By Rail: Rishikesh/Haridwar Railway station is the nearest railhead to reach Auli at a distance of 250/285 km.
Skiing in Uttarakhand Destinations
Khalia Top/Betulidhar is a quaint ski spot located at an easy uphill trek of 07 km from Munsiyari town in Pithoragarh. Khalia top, perched at an altitude of 3500 mts has slight steep ski slopes, which are best for novices/first-timers. Khalia top has ski school also which conduct basic ski course. The best ski season at Munsiyari is from December to February.
Where to stay: Khalia top, has not very much hotel/lodging option, but Munsiyari can be alternate halt location which offers numerous choice of regional/traditional home-stays & basic, deluxe & luxury hotels.
Other places to visit: Munsiyari & Chaukori are two charming hill stations, which can be done whilst at the Khalia Skiing trip. Munsiyari Tulip Garden, Birthi Waterfall are the places where you can visit during the trip. Also, bird tourism center is being developed at Munsyari-based Nature Education and Eco Park Centre where nature lovers can watch 130 bird species.
How to reach: By Air: The Pantnagar airport is nearest at a distance of 190 km from Munsiyari.
By Rail: Kathgodam Railway station is the nearest railhead to reach Munsiyari at the distance is a 215 km distance.
Mundali is one of the untouched ski resorts of Uttarakhand, located near to the famous hill station of Chakrata (at the distance of 35 Kms). Mundali, a small hamlet, rest at an altitude of 2775 mts. Mundali has many off-pistes that are perfect for beginners & the practitioners can try their hand at the slopes of high altitude from 2770 mts to 3,049 mts. Mundali is one of the emerging ski destinations, thus has limited ski facilities. The best ski season at Mundali is from December to February.
Where to stay: Chakrata is the nearest halt location with the option of basic, deluxe & luxury hotels.
Other places to visit: Chakrata, Kanasar, Tons Valley are easily accessible tourist spot near to Mundali.
How to reach: By Air: The nearest airport to reach Mundali is the Jolly Grant airport, at a distance of 156 Kms.
By Rail: Dehradun Railway station is the nearest railhead to reach Mundali. From Dehradun, Chakrata is a 125 km distance.