The powder skiing at Manali is exceptional. Since 1990, Manali has been the operations base for the most spectacular and exciting heli-skiing operation in the world. Our location at approximately 34° N latitude, gives us long days, and a variety of exposures allows us to ski both with or against the sun. The altitude allows much greater “back radiation” than other areas, which creates excellent re-crystallised powder. Manali is known for having one of the deepest snowpacks in the entire Himalaya, and due to our continental climate, snowfalls tend to be of low moisture content. As an added bonus, the potential is vast for terrific, spring corn-snow skiing!
While the Manali region is generally blessed with excellent weather, HHA must stress that we operate in a wilderness environment, and that our guests will be skiing in wilderness conditions. Most of the time, the skiing is very good, but conditions can change quickly, and you may encounter some difficult or poor skiing. Our guides will attempt to find the best snow possible, but you must be prepared to accept whatever Nature gives us!
In 1983, Australian climber Roddy Mackenzie was caught by an early winter storm while climbing a peak near Manali. He was amazed at the amount of snow that fell. With a little investigation it became obvious that if the right ingredients were put together, the Manali area could be the best heli-skiing terrain on earth.
After years of survey work, and with the generous help of the state government, HHA brought the first civilian helicopter all the way from Switzerland to the Valley of the Gods. The skiing was superb, and it still is. Since then, our company has grown to be a state-of-the-art heli-skiing operation catering to any level of skiing ability. Our guests come from all over the world to experience the wonders of the Himalaya. No one leaves unimpressed. No comparison with ranges outside Asia can convey the natural grandeur of the mountains in our skiing area. Speaking from personal experience, Roddy says that from certain places in our operating area the view is as grand as that from the summit of Mt. Everest. However, as our guest, you can save yourself a long walk (and a fair bit of nervous energy)!