New Video: Manali, A fresh Look Back

By:  Allen
December 4, 2010 7:30 pm | Category: Skiing, WebiGNARs

Upon my return from India I found that I had a wealth of footage from the time we spent in Manali. I was however feeling a little burnt out on the whole thing which clearly showed in my initial edit. I then decided to put it off for a little while. Here 8 months, a new job, and one cross country move later I have a cut that I am happy with.

Our time in Manali was by far the highlight of the trip. The climate of the Kullu Valley was very pleasant, our Rupees took us much further than in Gulmarg, the food and lodging was much better, and best of all we had our own transportation in the form of Royal Enfield Motorcycles. From Manali we were able to tackle the largest descents and highest altitudes any of us had ever experienced. None of the skiing was especially gnarly but the grandeur of the terrain was absolutely unmatched in my experience. I had never before been completely surrounded by peaks I was not capable of climbing or skiing it was a humbling and awe inspiring experience. The routes we were able to ski were the paths of least resistance in the gnarly landscape.

Since the routes were so big we could not go skiing every day. This gave us plenty of time to explore the culture of the Kullu Valley. This turned out to be as significant and memorable as the skiing. There are plenty of other places in the world I want to ski but if I ever find myself in india again I would not pass up another chance to chip away at the wealth of grand ski dissents in the valley.

Click HERE for a link to the invaluable guidebook, “Ski Touring India’s Kullu Valley”.

Here are some of Sam’s Photo TR’s from the Kullu Valley:
The 6000′ Chute
The Mega Traverse
Patalsu Peak
Shittadar Peak (5200m)

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  1. Could Be Buggy
    wrote on December 5th, 2010 at 12:01 pm  

    epic wipeout at 2:40!

  2. savantskis
    wrote on December 6th, 2010 at 5:35 pm  

    great video – thanks for revisiting this. been a fan of the site for awhile after stumbling on it looking at some details about others who skied katahdin. the 6,000 ft. shoot and others were all great TR. Thanks so much for posting.

  3. powhounddd
    wrote on December 6th, 2010 at 11:33 pm  

    That was awesome, and the track was lampin’. Glad I stayed up a few more minnits to check it.

  4. Amit
    wrote on December 21st, 2010 at 5:01 pm  

    Awesome! Fun to revisit that stuff. It was truly amazing. I wanna go back better prepared and with more time on my hands for sure. Thanks for dragging me along guys!

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