Auli, 8 km from Joshimath is an ideal winter resort run by Garhwal Mandal Vikas Nigam (GMVN). A 3 km long slope ranging from a height of 2519 to 3049 m is a major attraction. The Auli resort run by GMVN has snow beaters which beat the snow to keep the slopes fit for skiing at all times. A 500 m long ski-lift carries skiers back to the slope top, thus saving them the trouble and time to bridge up wearing long skis.
Season: End December to March.
Equipment: GMVN provides modern ski equipments. Participants are advised to bring heavy woolen clothing's like caps, socks, gloves, mufflers, pullovers, trousers, wind proof jackets, dark glasses, gum / snow boots and a torch for personal use.
Package Tours: GMVN conducts 7 and 14 days skiing courses at Auli and special provisions for day tourists are also available. Ski training is given by qualified ski instructors.
3-4 km trek from Auli leads to Gurso Bugyal (open meadows) which offers breathtaking view of the snow capped Himalayan peaks including Nanda Devi, Trishul and Dron parvat. Gurso Bugyal turns into a green pastureland during spring season while is wears a white blanket during the winters.
How to Reach Auli
Air : Nearest Airport is Jolly Grant near Dehradun (280 Km). Air Deccan and Kingfisher Airlines operate daily flights to Dehradun from New Delhi
Rail : Nearest railhead is Rishikesh / Haridwar which is connected from Delhi by Shatabdi Exp., from Bombay by Bandra-Dehradun Exp. and from Calcutta by Howrah-Doon Exp. and from Lucknow by Gorakhanath/Doon Exp. Rishikesh to Joshimath by road.
Road: Auli is well connected with road through Joshimath. The best option is to travel from Delhi by road. Delhi to Haridwar is 229 kms. on National Highway NH-47. The climb from Haridwar to Joshimath is 257 kms. and takes about 13 to 15 hours. The ascent to Joshimath winds through Rishikesh, Srinagar, Karnaprayag, and Chamoli. Joshimath to Cliff top Club Resort is 17 km by road.
Alternatively you may take the Ropeway to reach Auli. The 4km long ropeway connecting Auli and Joshimath would take 15-20 minutes to reach Auli from Joshimath.