For high mountain thrills perhaps nothing can surpass the magic of heli-skiing. Under a deep blue sky, you are carried by a helicopter to a snow-draped peak. And after that there is nothing except steadily distancing whirr of rotor blades, the sky and the snow. It is a thrilling experience as you rapidly zoom down the slopes. The icy winds slaps your face and the swiftly slithering hiss of skies remindes you that you are racing away on your own steam.
The sport is available in the area bound by Hanuman Tibba, Rohtang Pass, Deo Tibba and Chandrakhani Pass near the resort town of Manali (Kullu). A major feature is the compactness of heli skiing area. For the first timer heli skiing at the remote locations is always an experience to remember. Remote destination lodge such as the onces located in Manali, provide multiple day packages and are considered to be the best heli skiing regions of the Himalayas.
For interested young and naive skiers, groups of three skiers are made and to keep pace with them there’s also a ski guide. The group’s size eliminates pressure on less-experienced skiers and allows the experienced ones 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 Force.