Helicopters drop the
keen skiers onto peaks as high as 6,500 meters. The peaks reduce the
wind speed at lower levels where one skis, resulting in consistent,
light and powdery snow. Powder skiing has become easier to learn
with the new thick kind of skis.
On the slopes are
septuagenarians keeping pace with teen agers the skiers moving in
the groups of three with a guide. The group's size eliminates
pressure on less-experienced skiers and allows the veterans to ski
to their heart's content. Safety is ensured by certified guides,
experienced helicopter pilots, easy availability of medical
facilities and emergency backup arrangements with the Indian Air
All the heli skiing
packages include 100,000 ft. of vertical skiing six-day guide
service and use of an avalanche transceiver, seven night lodging in
Manali plus all meals, escorted air and ground transfer Delhi-Manali-Delhi,
airport transfers and local taxes.
South of Kullu, 50 km
away in Bhuntar, is an airport with regular flights to Delhi and
Chandigarh. Taxis are available from Bhuntar to Manali. If more
adventurous, the drive from Delhi to Manali takes 16 hours.