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Brief

Himachal Pradesh is not just known for its spectacular scenery and its unique mountainous ambience, it is also known worldwide for its potential of adventure sports. Those who enjoy the adrenaline rush of adventure sports and for those who love the snow and the potential it has for adventure, will enjoy the thrill of skiing in Himachal Pradesh. There are quite a few locales here which offer the option of skiing, and taking up this option will turn out to be a decision you will never regret, much less forget.

 
Travel Tips

The best time to go skiing in any of these places would be during the winters. The months between November and February would be ideal, since snow would be scarce throughout the rest of the year.

There are certain kinds of equipment which are necessary for skiing. For a trip dedicated to this winter sport, you may want to carry specific kinds of gear. These would include a pair of good quality ski boots. These are specialized boots which can be found in most sports shops. Ski goggles and sunglasses are also essential. Try to get the kind which combines the two. A good helmet should also be a part of your essentials.

If you are an ardent skier, then you can also carry your own skis as well as your own ski poles. A good quality ski bag should be invested in, in that case. Also, make sure you wear comfortable clothes which will also keep you warm, such as sturdy thermal wear. You may get all of your equipment from any of the institutes you approach. Keep gloves handy, otherwise your fingers may start getting cold and numb while skiing, thereby, loosening your grip on the poles.



When to visit

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Route/ Place

There are quite a few locations in Himachal Pradesh which are famous for skiing. Manali, is one of the most ideal locations. This town is not just a very idyllic hill-station, it is also known for the snowfall it accrues, and the beauty if skiing down the slopes here. This town is especially known for its heli-skiing potential. Jumping off a helicopter and landing on the soft snow, in order to fly down the slopes, with the air whizzing past you is a thrilling experience, to say the least. The Atal Bihari Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports at Manali is a very good option for those who take their skiing seriously. If you are new to this sport, and if you’re adventurous at heart, then getting in touch with a good skiing institute is a must.

Solang Nala is very close to Manali and is another spectacular skiing location in this state. This small valley is always abuzz with people from all over the world trying their hand at various kinds of adventure sports, especially skiing. There are regular tournaments held here, during the winters, because of the potential the valley offers. Off the weather-beaten track of regular holiday destinations, this is definitely a place for those who love to experience thrilling adventures instead of lying low.

The Himalayan slopes offer a lot of potential for skiers. One can try their hand at Nordic Skiing as well as Alpine Skiing one these slopes, especially in Himachal Pradesh. While the former refers to skiing down random tangents and pathways, the latter refers to skiing down prepared paths and particular routes. The former is also advised only for those experienced in the art of Skiing.

Kurfi, which is located near Shimla, is another gorgeous location where one can ski to their heart’s content. It is one of the oldest destinations in Himachal Pradesh where skiing began properly. With its alpine forests and its ideal slopes, skiing here can be a thrilling experience. It also helps that it is located conveniently close to a major town. It is an unforgettable experience to ski down the slopes here. The Mahasu Ridge, which is located close by, is another skier’s paradise.

Narkhanda is also located close to Shimla, and is about 60 kilometers away from the same. It is another destination which a range of slopes which are conducive to skiing. These slopes are of various lengths and tilts. While some can be availed by amateurs in this adventure sport, other slopes are used by those who are well-versed in maneuvering themselves while skiing.

 
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There are quite a few locations in Himachal Pradesh which are famous for skiing. Manali, is one of the most ideal locations. This town is not just a very idyllic hill-station, it is also known for the snowfall it accrues, and the beauty if skiing down the slopes here. This town is especially known for its heli-skiing potential. Jumping off a helicopter and landing on the soft snow, in order to fly down the slopes, with the air whizzing past you is a thrilling experience, to say the least. The Atal Bihari Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports at Manali is a very good option for those who take their skiing seriously. If you are new to this sport, and if you’re adventurous at heart, then getting in touch with a good skiing institute is a must.

Solang Nala is very close to Manali and is another spectacular skiing location in this state. This small valley is always abuzz with people from all over the world trying their hand at various kinds of adventure sports, especially skiing. There are regular tournaments held here, during the winters, because of the potential the valley offers. Off the weather-beaten track of regular holiday destinations, this is definitely a place for those who love to experience thrilling adventures instead of lying low.

The Himalayan slopes offer a lot of potential for skiers. One can try their hand at Nordic Skiing as well as Alpine Skiing one these slopes, especially in Himachal Pradesh. While the former refers to skiing down random tangents and pathways, the latter refers to skiing down prepared paths and particular routes. The former is also advised only for those experienced in the art of Skiing.

Kurfi, which is located near Shimla, is another gorgeous location where one can ski to their heart’s content. It is one of the oldest destinations in Himachal Pradesh where skiing began properly. With its alpine forests and its ideal slopes, skiing here can be a thrilling experience. It also helps that it is located conveniently close to a major town. It is an unforgettable experience to ski down the slopes here. The Mahasu Ridge, which is located close by, is another skier’s paradise.

Narkhanda is also located close to Shimla, and is about 60 kilometers away from the same. It is another destination which a range of slopes which are conducive to skiing. These slopes are of various lengths and tilts. While some can be availed by amateurs in this adventure sport, other slopes are used by those who are well-versed in maneuvering themselves while skiing.

 
Places to Stay

High-Range:

Quality Inn River Country Resort is a good place to put up at in Manali, while in Shimla, a luxurious option would be Hotel Willow Banks.The former has room rates starting from 6,000 INR while the latter has rooms which are priced from 7,500 and upwards.  Kurfi Ski Resort is another expensive, but luxurious option in Kurfi.

Mid-Range:

A good, affordable option in Shimla would be Hotel Woodpark. The rates here begin from 2,300 INR onwards. A good option in the mid-budget range for Manali is Hotel Snow Park. The room rates here begin from 3,000 INR onwards.

Low-Range:

The government tourist lodge at Manali is a good, affordable option. The room rates start from 1,400 and the rooms are clean and safe. A good, budget option for Shimla would be Hotel Sansar Shimla. The room rates here begin from 900 INR only.

 
How to Reach

  • The closest airport is the Bhuntar Airport, 50 kilometers from Manali. But the most popular airport closest to Manali is the one at Delhi. The rest of the journey, in both cases, needs to be made by road. Jubbarhatti Airport is Shimla own airport. However, the Delhi International Airport has better connectivity to the rest of the country.
  • The major railhead closest to Manali, again, is the one at Delhi. The Chandigarh railhead can also be opted for. Kalka is the major railhead closest to Shimla. It is about 89 kilometers away. The rest of the journey needs to be covered by road travelling.
  • Delhi is 570 kilometers away from Manali. Buses ply to and fro from ISBT in Delhi. The journey is of about 14 hours. From Chandigarh to Manali, the journey takes about 8 hours. Shimla is 357 kilometers away from Delhi, 119 kilometers away from Chandigarh, and is well connected by road to most other parts of Himachal Pradesh.

 
Surrounding Attractions

The state of Himachal Pradesh is filled with scenic beauty. This Himalayan location has a number of scenic spots you can visit. If you go to Manali, make sure you don’t give Kullu a miss. Beas Kund is another place you can go visit. If you crave some city life after the adrenaline rush, then Chandigarh as well as Delhi are not too far away from any of these locations.

 
Important Numbers

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