Where Snow Meets Skiing Thrills
Skiing is a sport directly related with snow. In India it is only in the inner Himalayas where snow is available. It is for this reason, and the equally important reason that leisure skiing requires a certain amount of infrastructure, that skiing as a sport has been slow to develop in this country. But during the last few years efforts have been made to create ski resorts in the Indian Himalayas.
Today Gulmarg in Kashmir, Manali in Himachal Pradesh and Auli in Uttarakhand have become popular ski resorts and the sport is attracting youth from all parts of the country.
Uttarakhand has many sites that have the potential of developing into ski resorts, but presently Auli, where there are some of the best ski slopes, is the only resort developed so far.
Separated by a rich run of forest, Auli and Gorson are twin meadows on the roof of Joshimath at heights ranging from 8500 A to 13000 ft. Auli is 14 km up the mountain from Joshimath and easily accessible by road and ropeway.