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Skiing at Auli
Auli , 16km from joshimath is an ideal winter resort. The natural advantages of auli 's slopes, coupled with state - of the -art facilities provided by gmvn have made it comparable to the best in the world. The snow capped slopes of auli are flanked by stately coniferous and oak forests which cut wind velocity to the minimum .
Auli offers a panoramic view of Himalayan peaks like Nanda Devi (7817 mts.), Kamet (7756 mts), Mana Parvat (7273 mts.) and Dunagiri (7066 mts.) Seemingly only a snowballs throw away, Auli offers perfect skiing conditions. Seasonal skiiers have clean streches of absolutely virgin slopes to sport on . These slopes provide excellent opportunities for cross country, slalom and downhill skiing events. Winter skiing in Garhwal is now being professionally run at the Auli slopes.
A 3 kms. long slope ranging from a height of 2519 mts. to 3049 mts. is a major attraction. The Auli resort has snow beaters which beat the snow to keep the slopes fit for skiing at all times. A 500 mts. long ski-lift carries skiiers back to the slope top, thus saving them the trouble and time to bridge up wearing long skis. Apart from annual skiing festivals, three official National Championships have also been held here.
Altitude : 2915 mts. to 3049 mts. expandable to Gorson 3400 mts.
Area: 5 Sq. kms.
Temperature: Summer-Ranges between 13° C and 29° C Winter- Ranges between 9° C and 2° C
Rainfall: 180 cms.
Facilities Available: Simple hotel accommodation and tourist Rest House available at Joshimath and Auli.
• A 3.9 kms. long cable car linking joshimath ( 1906.3 mts.) with the upper slopes at Gorson ( 3016.3 mts.)
• 16 kms. motorable road from Joshimath to Auli.
• A 500 mts. long ski-lift and 800 mts. long chair-lift linking the lower slopes with upper slopes.
• Two snow beaters imported from Germany.
• Ski equipments available on hire.
• Assistance of ski instructors and skiiers from Garhwal Mandal vikas Nigam ( GMVN).
• Efficient communication available in Auli.
• Easy accessibility of medical assistance from Army and civil hospitals including emergency rescue.
Season : End of December to March.
Equipment : provides modern ski equipment . Participants are advised to bring heavy woollen clothing like caps, socks, gloves, mufflers, pullovers, trousers, wind proof jackets, dark glasses, gum/snow boots and a troch for personal use.
By Road : local trnsport union and state transport buses operate regularly between joshimth to rishikesh (253kms) , haridwar (277kms. ) dehradun (298kms) and delhi (500kms)
By Rail : the nearest railhead is haridwar (299 kms)which is 24 kma.frim rishikesh. Connecting trains howrah-dehradun, delhi-dehradun and bombay -dehradun
By Air: jolly grant airport ( Dehradun ) is 270 kms. from joshimath and 17 kms. from rishikesh.
Other Areas: Besides auli, numeros places in Garhwal & Kumaon are full of potential for skiing where and individual or a group can enjoy this winter sport on their own. In garhwal, kush kalyan & kedar kantha in distt. Utarkashi; panwali &matya in distt.
Tehri garhwal and bedni bugyal in chamoli and chiplakot valley in distt. Pithoragarh in kumaon are well known potential skiing resorts where professionals can do skiing.
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