Skiing in Auli Ski Resort, Joshimath, Uttarakhand India

Skill level:
Beginners and advanced
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Best season:
Late December to March
Joshimath is a mountainous town, located in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand and is known for its natural beauty and religious importance, as it is a pilgrimage center and home to one of the four major cardinal monasteries in the area.

Surrounded by the extraordinary Himalayas, the town is a gateway to several mountain and hiking expeditions and attracts visitors from all over the world and all year round. Auli ski resort is a deep meadow, located in the lap of Garhwal Himalayas and considered to be among the best ski resorts in the world.

The resort’s base elevation is at 8267 ft/2520 m, while the top elevation reaches up a height of 10003 ft/3049 m and has a vertical drop of 1735 ft/529 m. Favored with good quality snow and flanked by ancient oak trees that reduce the wind velocity to the minimum, Auli offers ski enthusiasts amazing wild slopes and breathtaking views of the mountains.

There are runs available for all skill levels and more than 12.4 mi/20 km of virgin slopes, ideal for downhill, slalom and cross country skiing. The resort provides snow packing machines, chair lifts and a surface lift, as well as ski rentals, restaurants, accommodation and ski instructors. There is also a cable car connecting Joshimath with the resort that runs for 1.8 mi/3 km.

Despite the fact that there are no terrain parks, half pipes, snow making and X-Country facilities in Auli, the natural scenery and the alpine beauty will certainly excite even the most demanding visitor. The snow season starts from late December until March. Keep in mind that temperatures can drop as low as 19.4 °F/-7 °C on January and February, so be prepared in regards of snow gear and clothing.