The hills of India have all the ingredients for adventure packed with excitement and thrills and lots of unexplored valleys, towering peaks and snow-capped mountains and glaciers. A splendid combination of flora & fauna and vast tracts of virgin snow awaits you.
Snow Skiing Tips
Cautions & Essentials For Skiing
But before you take on your next expedition of skiing in any place in India, there are few things you have to keep in mind. Skiing is not just about putting on warm clothes and head towards the snowy slopes with your skies. Himalayas is a region of extremes and for trying out a sport like skiing in this region, always asks for certain things that every skier should take into consideration.
The basic skiing gear that is counted for skiing is the flexibility of the clothing. The fabrics that can keep the body's temperature balanced according to the outside climate. Stretch fabrics have a more relaxed and versatile capacity, which is basically required while skiing down a snowy mountain and doing extreme skiing.
Better fitting styles and waterproof wear are a better option for skiers for the wider range of motion. While selecting a ski jacket go through this checklist: waterproof, breathable fabrics, with taped seams, venting zippers and insulating stretch components for comfort. Other skiing gear items are ski goggles, ski helmets, ski socks and skies.
Googles are an essential to wear while skiing because the glare off the snow during bright days exposes skiers to harsh UV rays, having tinted lenses with UV protection can enhance your visibility. Extreme weather conditions makes skiing on the slopes even more difficult if you do not have decent ski goggles with you. A comfortable helmet is always a good option and provides a good protection while skiing or snowboarding.
Main Skiing Regions In India
Gulmarg is known as Kashmir's premier upland hill resort at the the altitude of 2, 730m and offers one of the largest and best equipped winter sports opportunities in India. The snow conditions over here remain excellent over here from the months of December to April. Skiers can find all kind of modern facilities and world class equipments for skiing in Gulmarg.
T-bars, ski-lifts, chair-cars, and rope-ways are inbuilt. skating and heli-skiing, too are encouraged here. The Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering, where skiing courses are offered, is also located over here.
The large slopes of Garhwal and Kumaon covered with seasonal snow become an ideal place for skiing in the winter months. With their wide open spaces above the snowline, Garhwal and Kumaon offer yet another exciting possibility for the skier - the ski touring amongst the majestic glaciers.
Auli in Garhwal Himalayas in Uttaranchal is also counted as another major skiing resort of India. It has fine snowy slopes, magnificent fine forests and overlooks the towering Himalayan peaks of Nanda Devi, Kamet, Mana Parbat and Dunagiri.
And who can forget the ultimate destinations such as Kufri, Narkanda, Manali in Himachal. The Manali Region in Himachal Pradesh also offers scope for winters as well as summer skiing. It has excellent natural slopes and in the summer months has limited skiing possibilities at Narkanda. Last but not the least is Kufri, which has always been a favourite among ski lovers who visit Shimla in winters. So prepare your skies and zoom through the snow.