Skiing in India
In the Olden days Skiing was used as a way of getting from one place to another in packed or crusted snow. As per the Norse yth, Skiing was invented by Skadi – the Snowshoe Goddess. Sondre Norheim from Morgedal is called the “father of modern skiing”. In the 19th century, Norheim allegedly improved the bindings to better turn while skiing down hills. Soon these tecniques became famous the world over and were thence used everywhere.
Types of Skiing
People vary in their choice of Camping –
Nordic skiing : The oldest form of Skiing, it encompasses all types of skiing where the heel of the boot is not fixed to the ski. It includes a wide variety of ski equipments and skiing techniques such as Classic and Skate. It involves cross country skiing, ski jumping, biathlon, and telemark skiing. It is also known as Back Country Skiing.
Alpine skiing : This sort of Skiing attaches both the toe and the heel of the ski boots. Alpine Skiing is also known as Down Hill Skiing. It involves cross country skiing. The mechanical challanges faced by the Skiers are simply how to control the direction and the speed of their descent. Novice skiers apply the technique called the Snowplough Techniqueto turn or stop the ski inwards. The more advanced skiers use the technique called the Parallel turn Technique.
Randonnée Skiing : It is also known as Off – piste, ski mountaineering and Alpine touring. It includes skiing in unmarked or unpatrolled areas either within the ski resort’s boundaries or in the backcountry, frequently amongst trees (“glade skiing”), usually in pursuit of fresh fallen snow, known as powder.
Telemark Skiing : In this sort of skiing flexible ski boots, either leather or plastic, and do not have their heels locked to the skis are used. This one is dangerous as the venue, speed and technical difficulty associated with the telemark skiing can lead to collisions, accidents, hypothermia and other injury or illness, occasionally including death.
Military Skiing : The military people use Skiing as a means of transportation rather than as a sport. It is called as Millitary Sports.
Alpine Freestyle : Arobics when carried on Skiing it is known as Alpine Freestyle.
Places For Skiing In India
Manali, Himalayas, Shimla, Gangtok are some of the places which are best known as Skiing grounds in India. Here is a list of the popular skiing places India
- Auli in Garhwal Region , Himachal Pradesh
- Kumaon Region, Himachal Pradesh
- Gulmarg Jammu and Kashmir
- Manali Himachal Pradesh
- Kufri Himachal Pradesh
- Narkanda Himachal Pradesh
- Kuper Himachal Pradesh
- Shimla Himachal Pradesh
- Hanuman Tibba Gangtok
- Deo Tibba Gangtok
- Chanderkhani Pass Manali
- The Himalayas
What To Take
Warm Clothings, dark glasses, heavy pair of shoes, High altitude sickness health book and mineral water. Consult a Doctor before going, get a edical check up done and carry the necessary medicines where you go.