Auli is one of the favorite holiday spot in Uttaranchal situated 16 kms from Josimath. Auli is considered to be an ideal ski resort which is comparable to the best in the world. Being at an altitude which is nearly 3000 meter from the sea level. It has the vertical drop of 529 meter. Sliding down the beaten snow on skis at a speed of 20-40 km per hour can be a thrilling experience.
Skiing in Auli
The main snow slopes of Auli stretch for about 5 km, and include 500 mt long ski-lifts and 800 mt long chair-lifts. Snow beaters and snow-packing machines are continually used to keep the slopes dressed. Auli, in fact, is so good that French and Austrian experts have compared it favourably to slopes in Switzerland.
Garhwal Tourism Department (GMVN) organizes skiing contests and provide good facilities for skiers to promote the sport. Day by day, number of tourists from all over the world come to experience the beauty of the pristine slopes. Look at the panoramic views of the green hills in summer and the snow clad slopes in winter, wander through the forests of oak and pine trees along the hill slopes, breathe in the crisp mountain air and feel on top of the world.
Training Courses in Auli
For Amateur, various training courses are conducted in modules of 7- 14 days. Training is conducted to the enrolled persons and have the modern skiing techniques by qualified instructors. GMVN offers 7 days non- certificate course with a total 25 seats. These courses are conducted in January, Feburary and March. The 14 days module is a certificate course, each of having 15 seats
Those who are worried from where they will be getting Ski equipments, then they don't have to. Participants are advised to bring heavy woolen clothings like caps, socks, gloves, mufflers, pullovers, trousers, wind proof jackets, dark glasses, gum / snow boots and a torch for personal use.
Best Time to Visit - Auli December to March is the best time to offers skiers some excellent slopes to ski on.
Those who are looking for good accommodation, the entire route from Rishikesh to Auli have number of GMVN guest houses at strategic points. These guest houses provide accommodation at reasonable tariff rates for lodging and boarding. On the same route, you will get private accommodation and campsites.
Jolly Grant is the nearest airport. The airport is 273 km from Joshimath, 17 km from Rishikesh.
Coming from any part of India, the nearest rail head is Haridwar 299 km from Auli.
Auli is only 13 km drive from Joshimath. State transport and Union buses play regularly between Joshimath and Rishikesh (253 km).
Local Transport Union
Buses and State Transport buses operate between Joshimath and Rishikesh (253 km), Haridwar (277 km), Dehradun (298 km) and Delhi (500 km).
From Joshimath onwards, both bus and taxi services are available for Auli. Deluxe coaches can also be arranged with prior notice for the group of 15 people or more.
Cable Car - For local transport, you have the buses which operates from Joshimath to Rishikesh ( 253 km), Haridwar ( 277 km) . You can also choose taxi service to travel from Joshimath to Auli. You can book deluxe coaches but prior notice shall be given.