Skiing In Kufri

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Skiing In Kufri

History

The ski resort which is perhaps the most easily accessible for anyone in northern India is Kufri. Just about 10 km from Shimla, Kufri’s a quiet little town which becomes a busy winter wonderland once the snow starts falling. British officers in the Indian Army discovered this beautiful little place way back in the 1930s, and a serendipitous discovery it was- for Kufri, within a few years, became one of the hottest winter resorts in Himachal. The 1970 and 80s, especially, were boomtime for Kufri, although it’s now been overshadowed by classier resorts like Auli.

The snow still falls in Kufri, however, and a skiing trip here can be pretty satisfying. The Mahasu Ridge, just above Kufri, has some good slopes which are worth a try.

ACCOMMODATION: Kufri’s so close to Shimla that it’s really not essential to stay in Kufri. You could, if you’re willing to do the short trip to and from Kufri everyday, stay in one of Shimla’s many hotels. Himachal’s capital has a wide range of properties, all the way from economy to deluxe. If you’d rather stay in Kufri itself, there’s a holiday resort, a winter sports club run by the Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation, a PWD Resthouse, and a few guesthouses.

Best time to visit

The best time for skiing are January and February as this is when the gentle slopes are covered with snow. But due to the global warming that has occured in recent years it may be advisable to check if the slopes are good enough for skiing.

Trivia

Getting to Kufri:

Shimla, just about 10 km from Kufri, is well connected to the rest of India by air, rail and road. Shimla’s Jubbarbhatti Airport has flights from Delhi, Chandigarh and Kullu, and a narrow-gauge train links Shimla to Kalka. Kalka has train connections to a number of cities and towns in India, including Delhi. Daily buses link Shimla to major towns in northern India.

From Shimla, buses or hired taxis can be taken to get to Kufri.

Timing

There is no particular timing set to take up skiing. Although, skiing in day light is recommended.


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