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Manali (Himachal Heli-Ski) Resort Reviews

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Visitor reviews for Manali (Himachal Heli-Ski) Ski Resort

  • February 10, 2014
    from Brazil

    The skiing in Manali is great, I heli-skied in most parts of the world but heli-skiing with HHA was the best ever. Great snow, best skiing terrain, big mountains, big runs, and the very friendly and experienced team.
    Had a wonderful time. Thanks HHA and India for an incredible experience. Now I know why it's called the 'Incredible India'.

  • Manali (Himachal Heli-Ski) Ratings

    Overall: 2.9. Based on 4 votes and 46 reviews. Vote

    Access: 2.8

    (1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Manali (Himachal Heli-Ski).

    Public Transport: 3.8

    (1) There are no buses or taxis to Manali (Himachal Heli-Ski), (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

    Scenery: 4.8

    (1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

    Accommodation: 4.2

    (1) No places to stay in/near Manali (Himachal Heli-Ski), (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

    Cheap Rooms: 4.5

    (1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

    Luxury Hotels: 3.5

    (1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Manali (Himachal Heli-Ski).

    Ski in/Ski out: 2.3

    (1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.

    Childcare: 1.5

    (1) There are no child care facilities at Manali (Himachal Heli-Ski), (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

    Snowsure: 3.7

    (1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Manali (Himachal Heli-Ski) is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

    Snowmaking: 2.0

    (1) Manali (Himachal Heli-Ski) relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

    Snow Grooming: 1.0

    (1) There are no snow groomers at Manali (Himachal Heli-Ski), (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Manali (Himachal Heli-Ski) are groomed daily.

    Shelter: 2.3

    (1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Manali (Himachal Heli-Ski) is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

    Nearby options: 1.0

    (1) If snow conditions are poor at Manali (Himachal Heli-Ski), it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.

    Regional rating: 4.2

    (1) Manali (Himachal Heli-Ski) usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.

    Lift Staff: 3.7

    (1) The staff at Manali (Himachal Heli-Ski) are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Manali (Himachal Heli-Ski) are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

    Crowds/Queues: 4.2

    (1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.

    Ski Schools: 1.5

    (1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.

    Hire and Repairs: 2.5

    (1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.

    Variety of pistes: 4.0

    (1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Manali (Himachal Heli-Ski) has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

    Beginners: 2.2

    (1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.

    Intermediates: 2.7

    (1) No intermediate terrain at Manali (Himachal Heli-Ski), (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

    Advanced: 3.7

    (1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.

    Snow Park: 1.0

    (1) Not even a kicker at Manali (Himachal Heli-Ski), (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

    Off-piste: 4.0

    (1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.

    Cross-country: 2.7

    (1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Manali (Himachal Heli-Ski), (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

    Luge/Toboggan: 1.0

    (1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Manali (Himachal Heli-Ski) has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

    Mountain Dining: 3.0

    (1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.

    Eating: 3.7

    (1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.

    Apres-Ski: 2.3

    (1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.

    Other Sports: 2.0

    (1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.

    Entertainment: 3.3

    (1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.

    Winter Walks: 3.0

    (1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.

    Ski Pass Value: 3.0

    (1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.

    Value (National): 3.7

    (1) Overall, Manali (Himachal Heli-Ski) is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.

    Value (Global): 3.7

    (1) Overall, Manali (Himachal Heli-Ski) is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.

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  • December 27, 2013
    from India

    2014 winter season is going to be great; lots of snow. Come enjoy skiing in Manali.

  • March 23, 2013
    from India

    Feb 2013: It's been an awesome experience in Manali, especially the Snow Deposits at Rohtang had been great. However, the pollution making heavy traffic vehicles are the menace causing the traffic snarling and impacting on air quality.

    My two cents :)

  • March 01, 2013
    from India

    Great snow and terrain in Manali for ski tour and very safe to travel around out any restriction all area is open. No army, no problems. Enjoy the Himalayas.

  • January 27, 2013
    from India

    Our college: Agra Public Pharmacy college Agra B.Pharm students tour went to Manali & stayed in hotel. On 17 Jan 2013 morning at 5 am and by 11 am the snowfall start, all students enjoyed very funny and snowfall continue for next day also. I never seen like this snowfall it is very funny.

  • February 14, 2012
    from India

    APL was organized @ the local ski resorts..... it was a great success and promoting skiing in Manali......lot of young skier racing down....

  • February 14, 2012
    from India

    over 50cm of snow @ 1950m...... the skiing will be excellent ....

  • November 16, 2011
    from Chile

    Hi, I'm going to India next January and we are planing our trip.
    We are working for our 5th snowboard movie and India is the place selected to go for.
    So, I'm interested to do HeliSki there, but we need the price list and know if there is any chance to get support from you, obviously we include all your logos and graphic you need to show in our website, video, imprent, and more.

    Have a great season


    Nicolas Harasic

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  • August 15, 2011
    from India

    July 20, 2011
    raj from India

    The company has operated for 22 yrs at Manali (Himachal Heli-Ski) and have an excellent safety record. They have made many dream come true: heli-skiing on world's highest mountains, on the best snow.

    February 19, 2011
    raj from India

    The company has operated for 22 yrs at Manali (Himachal Heli-Ski) and have an excellent safety record. They have made many dream come true: heli-skiing on world's highest mountains, on the best snow.

    Well, the crash happened in 1997, so if the company worked for last 22 years who is responsible for the crash? Actually Delhi company was run by an Australian foreigner who is still involved today in this business by holding the permit to fly in these areas.
    Who are the locals benefitting from this business? Maybe 10 or 20 individuals...

  • July 20, 2011
    from India

    Ya, you are right. Stop all developments, especially tourism. I work in travel and tourism and try my best to bring in people from foreign counrties to the Indian Himalayas, Himachal and Manali. In my understanding, it's the best way for bringing in foreign money into the area but maybe you have other beliefs and when you talk to the richest people in the world about coming to our part of the world the 1st question is back backup we have for rescue.. the only answer is helicopter rescue... it's easy for you to say that is fine for the rich but does a third world country have its right to develop??
    I appreciate your concern about the power lines and I do not only talk and write about it!! For you information there is another one coming off the Rothang pass which will join the the existing one in Prini and I have been raising the question, telling people about it and went and met the CM to put objection on it. Everyone can put their objections but what is important is to give a better alternative, which we did, which is under ground lines or over the Hamta pass. So st lest is not in the valley... which we want to make into a tourism.
    You should try and explain to the big business men not to invest in eduction and not in aviation.
    I only talk of the heli-skiing because my childhood friend works for them and I think it's better than no one getting nothing than 30 to 50 local families directly benefiting for it and surely there is 100 more that indirectly benefit from it and for your info there as been no heli crash in the heli-skiing. The one you talk about was in the summer owned to a Delhi company in Prini many yrs back.