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Prime Skiing Sites: Manali, Kufri, Narkanda.
Skiing Season: December To February
Main Attractions: Manali Winter Carnival

Skiing, Himachal PradeshCome winter and the snow-covered slopes lure a skier to a great skiing excitement. From elementary skiing to the slalom, Himachal offers myriad thrills. The mountaineering Institute at Manali organises ski courses from January onwards at Narkanda.

Himachal Pradesh lies among the Himalayan ranges of Dhauladhar, the Great Himalayas, Shiwalik and Pir Panjal, of the western Himalaya, where most of its higher reaches remain under snow for a long time. Thus one can undertake the ski tour at any time to any height.

Kufri: Near Shimla, Kufri is one of the oldest places in India to be associated with skiing and the slopes are still in use during winter. Above Kufri, the Mahasu ridge also has good slopes.   more...

Narkanda: Comprehensive facilities exist at Narkanda, 64-km from Shimla . There is a range of slopes, including a beginners' run, an advanced slope and a slalom run Himachal Tourism offers ski courses, instruction and has equipment on hire at Narkanda.   more...

Manali : At Manali, the Directorate of Mountaineering and Allied Sports offers a variety of courses and facilities for skiing in winter. Winter and summer skiing are possible in the Solang area near Manali . There is also a winter carnival at Manali from 10th to 13th February every year. Apart from cultural evenings, the high point of this carnival is the ski competition held at the Solang Nallah, 10-km from Manali.   more...

There are very good slopes in Kullu , Lahaul & Spiti, Kinnaur and Shimla areas, which have been surveyed by the government for development them in a big way. Skiing in Himachal is a very old recreational activity, which was introduced by British Army officers in 1930 when they explored the Kufri slopes about 12-km from Shimla on the Hindustan Tibet road.

There is another of similar exploration of ski slopes in Laka and Triund above Dharamshala during the same time. But the Triund area remained neglected till today having been away from capital Shimla .

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