Auli in Uttarakhand is what a winter wonderland looks like. Imagine snow, skiing and invigorating ambiance of mountains and Auli conjures up in your thoughts. Nestled in the Chamoli district at an elevation ranging from 2910 m to 3050 m, the landscape is blessed with high peaks, snow as far as the eye can see and freshness so typical of the mountains. Auli features as the top skiing destinations in the world. The ski worthy slopes are thrilling and adventure enthusiasts from all walks of life have a good time. Heavy snow carpets the thrilling slopes as the winters arrive.
The beauty is unrivalled and the adventures something you cherished for your lifetime. Auli hosted the First SAF Winter Games in 2011. The access to splendid mountain range of Himalayas, the slopes of Auli provide thrills to professional skiers and novices alike. The Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam Limited takes care of the Auli Ski resort. GMVB conducts skiing lessons. There are 7 days and 14 days course available. The conditions for skiing are perfect at Auli and they have imported snow beater to maintain slopes. Not just the thrill of the adventure sports, also check out the imposing spectacles like Nanda Devi, Mana Parvat and Kamat presiding over the backdrop.
Ski gears are available but it is advised to bring your personal ski equipments like heavy woolens, caps, socks, gloves, mufflers, pullovers, trousers, wind proof jackets, sunglasses, snow boots. Torch, whistle and medicines should also be brought for personal use. The best time to visit Auli is throughout the year except monsoons. Snowfall in Auli is enjoyed from December end to March. Summers bring out the fresh green beauty of the meadow and the slopes.
Auli is blessed with fascinating slopes in the world for winter skiing. January to March is the best time to try out the adventure sport. The slopes are dotted with Deodar and Oak forests. The snow covered trees helps to bring down the velocity of the chilling winds.Those who have enthusiasm for sports in winters will be thrilled at there are numerous slopes to try out according to your skills. The Auli skiing centre is equipped with facilities to make the sport thrilling. There are options of a foot chair lift and a ski lift. There are two international standard ski lifts for skiers which take them to high slopes. They take you right to the top of the peak. From the very top the mighty peaks of Nanda Devi, man Parvat and Kamat shine out with the rays of sunlight.
Main Ski Slopes of Auli
The slopes of Auli are considered amongst the best skiing place in the world. Skiers from all over the world visit the. There are four Ski slopes in Auli:
- 10 No. Slope (White) is 900 m long
- 8 No. Track (Blue) is 800 m long
- Temple Track (Red) is for beginners and is 400 m in length
- Composite Slopes is 3.1 km long
Best time to visit Auli
Auli is one such destination of India that can be visited all through the out, except the monsoon season. The summer months, from April to June and September to October, are extremely pleasant. The time is conducive for sightseeing and other activities. The views of the surroundings are wonderful.
However, if you are an adventure enthusiast and biting cold is not a problem, then you can visit Auli from late November to March when the place is covered with a sheet of white snow. This is an ideal time for skiing as Auli is a world-renowned skiing destination. Skiers from all around the globe visit Auli at this time. Auli Skiing festival is an annual ritual in the month of February/March.
How to reach Auli
By Air: The nearest airport to Auli is Jolly Grant Airport of Dehradun, which is 286 km away. This airport is very well-connected to important cities of India such as Delhi, through regular flights. From the airport, Auli is easily accessible through pre-paid taxis and cabs.
By Rail: The nearest railway station to Auli is Rishikesh railway station, located 246 km away from Auli on the National highway 58. Regular trains connect Rishikesh with major cities of India. From Rishikesh, Auli is connected through motorable roads. State-run private buses connect Auli to nearby destinations such as Rishkesh, Srinagar, Joshimath, Chamoli and Rudryaprayag.
By Road: A good network of motorable roads connect Auli to important destinations of the Uttarakhand state. Taxis and buses are the option to reach Auli from cities and towns like Pauri, Rishikesh, Karnaprayag, Rudraprayag, Chamoli, Ukhimath, Srinagar etc. Auli is around 14 km from Joshimath on National Highway 58.
NOTE: From December to March, the road from Auli to Joshimath is closed to heavy snowfall. During the winter season, cable car ride is the only way to Auli from Joshimath. In winters, the last cable car leaves from Joshimath at 04:20 pm and in summers, the time is 05:30 pm.