The skiing season is here and you haven’t taken your first skiing trip yet? Permit us to help you!

Photograph: Shutterstock

Photograph: Shutterstock

If the snow-capped mountains and the clear blue skies aren’t reason enough for you to go to the north of India, skiing is just another reason for you to go. As winter sets in and the snow starts to fall, the slopes turn into the perfect place to ride the slopes of the peaks of the north. So if you’re planning a ski trip with your family but don’t know where to go. Look up this list before you look at international trips. With this list of amazing places in India where you can go skiing, we’re sure you’ll shelve the plans of going abroad.

1. Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir

Photograph Courtesy: Ski Gulmarg

About 51 km from Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir, Gulmarg it the perfect place to ski whether you’re an intermediate, advanced of expert skier. While the slopes are perfect for all levels of skiers, the ski resorts around the area will not disappoint even those of you who want to just relax and enjoy the cold weather. And if you’re a beginner, not only will resorts give you a sky lift to the slopes, but they will also make sure you have everything you need to take your first steps to learning how to ski.

Best time to ski: November to March

ALSO SEE Jammu and Kashmir: The complete travel guide

2. Auli, Uttarakhand

Photograph Courtesy: Auli Snow Skiing

With a 3 km slope that ranges from a height of 2519 ft to 3049 ft, the slopes at Auli make for an ideal ski trip. The snow beaters  on the peaks ensure that the peaks are perfect no matter what time of year it is.

Best time to ski: November to March

ALSO SEE Uttarakhand: The complete travel guide

3. Kufri, Himachal Pradesh

Some 16 km from Shimla, Kufri is a traveler’s paradise. With several opportunities for adventure sports through the year, winters are the best time to be in Kufri. At an altitude of 8600 ft, Kufri offers amazing opportunities for skiing to travelers from all over the world. From the top of the mountains to the steep slopes where the speed of your ski trip alone can get your blood pumping, the slopes at Kufri provide the best opportunity for sking in the country.

Best time to ski: November to March

4. Manali, Himachal Pradesh

Photograph Courtesy: Skiing in Manali

With several different packages, the ski resorts in Manali are favorites among honeymooners and families alike. Not only do the resorts offer ample opportunities for expert skiers, but the beginners have courses that they can take on the slopes that aren’t too rugged. With rivers and mountains all around the region, the activity and the sights offered are blissful to those who take part in ski trips.

Best time to ski: November to March

ALSO SEE Himachal Pradesh: The complete travel guide

5. Narkanda, Himachal Pradesh

With 10-day courses to three-month packages that are perfect for the beginner as well as the expert, Narkanda is the perfect place to indulge in some amazing opportunities for ski trips. While qualified experts are always available to beginners, the rugged terrain makes it a perfect place for experts too. It is believed that the traveler should be able to do at least 60 push ups to be able to handle the weather conditions and the terrain here.

Best time to ski: November to March

Come on now, tell us just why you’d want to travel anywhere overseas to go skiing, eh?