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Question XC skiing in N.W. India??

Discussion in 'Less Travelled' started by Mister Tee on XC Skis, Feb 25, 2019.

  1. Mister Tee on XC Skis

    Mister Tee on XC Skis A Local Ski Pass: Silver

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    Hi. I love to XC ski but the season here in Ozstriya is not long enough. I also love India , and the diversity of landscapes, people, cultures, foods and I am fluent in Hindi and Urdu languages. My friend in Thredbo has skied at Gulmarg twice in Indian Kashmir and really had a positive report about it.
    Has anyone else skied at Auli in Uttarakhand , Gulmarg in Kashmir, H.P. etc. etc. , elsewhere in N. India?. How does it stack up for XC skiing/ Nordic skiing compared to other international options?. I must say that bland white person food is a huge turn off for me. I also prefer a mainly Asiatic veg. diet so India is drawing me back.
     
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    nfip Cold n' Rusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Have skied at Manali, Auli & Gulmarg but not x-country. There would though certainly be scope for x-country skiing at those places.
    Gulmarg I think had trails and you can ski down to other villages.
    Plenty of potential at Manali - I was there for the heli, but I did once ski tour from the town to the little ski area - you can tour the villages or the orchards - the valley is at 2000m so under snow.
    Auli has a ropeway, chairlift & poma lift and you could probably tour around there a bit also. That is all fairly innocuous, the real adventure is actually getting there.

    https://www.ski.com.au/xf/xfa-blog-category/india.16/view-entries
     
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  4. Mister Tee on XC Skis

    Mister Tee on XC Skis A Local Ski Pass: Silver

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    Auli looks spectacular. Uttarakhand is amazing.
     
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    rowdyflat One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    If you can speak the language it would be great.Cheap and food is awesome.
    as I said in another thread about Gulmarg I toured and lifted and helied there.
    the altitude can be tiring so get fit.
    The avalanche risk is significant but on the flats no problem
    Walked tracks thru villages , in a big year, touring would be good anywhere.
    Go for it.
     
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    Mister Tee on XC Skis A Local Ski Pass: Silver

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    Auli is calling me. India is calling me back.
    After this white season 2020 in Vic. I will have had some down hill lessons at Baw Baw and some Telemark and skidded stop type lessons elsewhere and maybe be going skiing in North America in Jan. 2021. I have not been to India since 2018 when I got sick and had to turn back on a high altitude trek in Uttarakhand.
    So I will be better skilled to ski whatever India can throw at me by the time I make it there again.