Auli - Heaven for Skiing
Auli is considered among the best skiing destinations of India, it is situated in Chamoli district of Garhwal region covering an elevation from 2,519mts to 3,050 mts above sea level. Auli is a "Bugyal" which means meadow in the regional language, these green Bugyals turn into a sheet of white during winters. Auli is often compared with best ski resorts of the world by the foreigners and has also hosted the First SAF Winter Games in the year 2011. Being blessed with invigorating views of the splendid mountain range of Himalayas, the slopes of Auli provide enough thrills to professional skiers and novices alike.
GMVN conducts a 7 day and a 14 days skiing course at Auli and special provisions for day tourists are also available. The conditions for skiing are perfect at Auli. A 500mts long ski-lift and an 800 m long chair-lift links the upper and lower slopes.
The Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam Limited takes care of this resort and they have imported snow beater to maintain slopes. Walking through the misty slope provides one with the imposing spectacles of some of the lofty mountain ranges like Nanda Devi, Mana Paravat and Kamat.
Best Time To Visit Auli
The best time to visit Auli is throughout the year except monsoons. But if you want to enjoy the eternal bliss of snow then visit Auli from December end to March. If you are planning a visit to Auli in winters then tourists are advised to bring heavy woolens, caps, socks, gloves, mufflers, pullovers, trousers, wind proof jackets, sunglasses, snow boots, torch and a whistle for personal use.
Auli Skiing Destination
Auli has one of the most fascinating slopes in the world for winter skiing, especially from January to March. Slopes are covered with Deodar and Oak forests helping the skiers by reducing the velocity of the chilling winds. It is a perfect place for all adventure skiers and people who have enthusiasm for sports in winters. The skiing centre has a foot chair lift and a ski lift for hauling you to the top of the peak.
The wonderful dawn as seen from behind Nanda Devi, the open night sky filled with innumerable stars and the gentle snowfall, all these things makes Auli the top winter destination of India. Thus Auli is a must visit for all the nature lovers and of course for all those who are passionate for skiing.
Auli also boasts of Asia's longest and one of the worlds highest cable car Gondola covering a distance of 4km. It also has a Chair Lift and a Ski-Lift. The ropeway of Auli connects Auli with Joshimath and it takes 25 minutes to reach Auli from Joshimath. Auli ropeway has ten towers of self-supporting steel structures. The return cable car ticket from Joshimath to Auli and Auli to Joshimath will cost you around Rs.500. The enchanting Himalayas are distinctly visible when you are traveling in Gondola.
Auli also offers the luxury of an 800mts long chair lift linking the lower ski slopes with the upper region. This Chair Lift has remote-controlled hydraulic and pneumatic braking system, making it safe to travel. A storm warning device is also attached with it. The rope-way of Auli helps tourists to explore the region with unique and unsurpassed experience.
Slopes of Auli
The slopes of Auli are considered amongst the best skiing place in Asia by the skiers of different countries. There are four Ski slopes in Auli:
- 10 No. Slope (White) is 900mts long
- 8 No. Track (Blue) is 800mts long
- Temple Track (Red) is for beginners and is 400mts in length
- Composite Slopes is 3.1kms long
There are two international standard ski lifts for skiers which take them back to high slopes.
- Standing Lift for pole shift costs Rs. 30 per person. Pole Shift standing lift joins Temple Track with Tower No. 10
- Sitting Lift for chair lift costs Rs. 200 per person. Chair lift connects Auli to Clifftop Club.