Ski Mountaineering Association (India) - SMAI.

Individual Race

Sprint Race

Vertical Race

Relay Race

Ski Mountaineering Places In India.

1. Pahalgam (Jammu and Kashmir)

2. Gulmarg (Jammu and Kashmir)

3. Solang Nala (Himachal Pradesh)

4. Munsiyari (Uttaranchal)

5. Manali (Himachal Pradesh)

6. Auli (Uttaranchal)

7. Dayara Bugyal (Uttarakhand)

8. Kufri (Himachal Pradesh)

9. Narkanda (Himachal Pradesh)

10. Mundali (Uttaranchal)

Ski Mountaineering quotes

People weren’t meant to fly, that’s why we make kickers (Warren Miller)

There is no such thing as too much snow (Doug Coombs).

A pair of skis are the ultimate transportation to Freedom (Warren Miller).


1) The Individual Race

This takes elements from the team race, but is based on the single individual athlete. Again, there will be at least 3 ascents and descents. As with the team event, there will also be a section on foot with the skis carried on the rucksack, although some ISMF events no longer use harness and cord, they still might have to use crampons for steeper, icier ascents. Races normally last from one and a half to two hours and cover a total hight gain of up to 1900m. As with the team events, the race start is a mass start of all the athletes.

2) The Sprint Race

This is a mini Individual race, combining the essential ski mountaineering features and techniques with an ascent on skins, part of the ascent on foot with skis on the rucksack and then a single descent from the top. As the title implies, this is a very fast race, and is based on completing the total course in approximately 3 minutes for the fastest racers. The total ascent and descent is about 100m, with athletes starting and finishing in almost the same point. The first round is an individual qualification with athletes starting one after the other every 20 seconds, after the qualifying round athletes face each other in heats of 6. Although the ascent is usually on well packed snow, the descent is supposed to be fun and can be off-piste, with gates and with small jumps.

3) The Vertical Race

As the tile suggests, the vertical race is an uphill only event. It is usually carried out on well packed snow with the whole race taking place with skins under the skis in a single, long ascent. It is a race to the top and should not exceed a height gain of more than 700m.

4) Team Races

This is the most traditional form of the sport, with all early races being based on team events. Teams are comprised of two or three athletes, of the same sex and same age category for ISMF rankings. This is a spectacular event that takes the athletes to the mountain tops, and must include at least 3 ascents and descents. Long distance races include even more. Races frequently transit the crests of mountains and athletes using a harness, cord, and crampons to ascend the most difficult couloirs. Descents are off-piste. A standard team race will last a maximum of 3 hours and cover a total height gain of around 2000m, whilst some long distance events may be based on much greater distances and over more than one day. As with all ISMF events, safety is of utmost importance, and the tradition of facing the mountain as a team was originally based on the concept of crossing these awe inspiring environments in a safe way.

5) The Relay

The relay takes place in a team of 3 or 4 competitors, but with members of the team carrying out the ‘circuit’ one after the other, with each athlete racing once. Again, this is quite a fast event, with each circuit lasting about 15 minutes, including 2 ascents and descents, and a short section with the skis on the rucksack. The total height gain is about 150 to 180m.

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President Voice

19 Sept 2017

Now Ski Mountaineering is part of Youth Winter olympic and I hope that we will soon part of Winter Olympic Games.

Secretary General

23 Oct 2019

The Only way to get success in Ski Mountaineering is full dedication towards sport, hard practice.