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HI­MACHAL HELI SKI­ING ARE BASED IN Manali, sat among cedar forests and 6,000-m peaks. From there they take groups up to al­ti­tudes that vary de­pend­ing on group fit­ness and abil­ity. The snow con­di­tions are best af­ter a storm but do de­mand at least an in­ter­me­di­ate level of ex­pe­ri­ence in such vast ter­rain, with ver­ti­cals av­er­ag­ing be­tween 900m and 1,200m. Their Odyssey pack­age sees a max­i­mum of 15 skiers shar­ing a he­li­copter, bro­ken into groups of three to four skiers per guide. You get six full days to­talling up to 30,500 ver­ti­cal me­tres of ski­ing, with a min­i­mum guar­an­teed of 20,000 ver­ti­cal me­tres. The win­ter sees many re­li­gious cel­e­bra­tions among the Pa­hari peo­ple of the area and on down days, you are en­cour­aged to visit nearby Kullu Val­ley where vil­lage life is an eclec­tic mix of hot springs, tem­ples, art gal­leries, the small lo­cal ski field, boot­leg­gers, Ti­betan monas­ter­ies and the Manali bazaar. The Odyssey costs US$ 8,950, with nu­mer­ous trip dates from the end of Jan­uary un­til the be­gin­ning of April. Later weeks qual­ify for low sea­son dis­count of 15%. See www.hi­ to start plan­ning your ski hol­i­day now, or email Man­jeev at man­jeev@hi­ NEPAL

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