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Buying A Snowboard In India & Becoming A Pro In Under 30,000 Rupees

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Want to learn snowboarding in India? I suggest you buy a snowboard in India and learn it yourself. Find out snowboard price in India, where you can learn it on your own and other tips. This blog is written on my personal experiences. So, let’s get started.

Ever since I visited Sethan last year, in the winter of 2017, for learning snowboarding in India, I’ve been hooked to the sport. I was, in fact, so hooked that I was watching tutorials on Youtube on what to do and what not. From how to correctly stand on a snowboard to how to wax it — I’ve seen them all.

I got hooked to the sport last year when I visited Gulmarg (one of the popular tourist destinations in India) and saw some people doing it. Looking at them, one thing was clear: I was going to buy a snowboard in India, next year, learn it on my own, and become a pro. So I planned a visit to Manali – one of the top places to visit near Delhi for now – and learned a bit of it. Let’s discuss one thing at a time…

Snowboarding In India

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To cut things short, let me tell you… to buy a snowboard in India, you need to do a little work. It’s a challenge, just like buying other sports equipment. Even the most popular skiing locations in India like Auli and Gulmarg have no stores to buy a snowboard. Though you may easily find one to rent, buying is, unfortunately, pretty impossible. Most online retailers moreover don’t sell one.

When I was planning to buy a snowboard in India, right after my visit to Gulmarg, I almost got a sticker shocker after finding that someone in Manali was selling his 4-year-old snowboard for 35,000 Rupees.

“If a used one costs 35k, how much a new one would be” I wondered.

And then Decathlon happened…

Snowboard Price In India

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No wonder, Decathlon stores have revolutionized the sport and adventure scene in India. Their products, though may not be of top quality, are at least affordable. They have allowed people in India to try different sports, that they once only dreamed of. I’ve seen kids in my neighborhood, in Delhi, chasing each other on skateboards — something that only felt like a foresighted dream.

So when renting a snowboard in Manali and other places and buying one seemed unreal to me, Decathlon’s Wed’ze came as a messiah in my life.

At only 9000 Rupees Decathlon was selling a brand new snowboard. The binding cost 4000 and the snowboard boots — another 5000. With a helmet costing 1800 Rupees, I was ready with all the necessary and safety snowboarding equipment in under 20,000 Rupees.

[Disclaimer: I wasn’t paid for writing a review for Decathlon, which may otherwise feel after reading this article. All recommendations and experiences are solely personal]

Update 2020: Decathlon has discontinued selling them since 2018. But they are (I have heard it somewhere) going to reintroduce them soon.

Snowboarding In India: Where To Learn

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Learning snowboarding in India isn’t tough at all and requires only a few hours of coaching. Once you know the basics (that you can learn to watch youtube vids too) all you need is practice and self-confidence. Though a proper certification will, of course, help you get a hang of it, more quickly and efficiently, even if not, you can learn snowboarding in India by yourself.

When I initially bought mine, I decided to learn snowboarding in Gulmarg — for Gulmarg is believed to have some of the best ski slopes in India. But given the high accommodation prices during winter in Gulmarg and an expensive chairlift, I gave up the idea.

According to my calculation, I was going to bleed nearly 20,000 Rupees in about 10 days for staying and using the chairlift in Gulmarg, on top of an additional 5k as the airfare. When all that seemed a bit too much for me as a beginner, I decided to head to my usual slopes for learning snowboarding in India: Pir Panjal in Sethan, Himachal Pradesh.

Popular for backcountry snowboarding in India, Sethan offers budget accommodation options, costing less than 700 Rupees a day (including all meals) if you are staying for a longer time — say a week or 10 days. I stayed in Sethan for over 10 days and ended up spending just a little over 6000 Rupees, in addition to 3000 Rupees for transportation to and from Delhi.

So after more than 10 days in Sethan, and qualifying myself from a no-snowboarder to a beginner level snowboarder, I spent a total of 20,000 + 9,000 < 30,000 Rupees. In under 30,000 Rupees, I learned snowboarding in India and ended up having my own equipment for life. Pretty sweet, eh?

Further Reading:  Backcountry Snowboarding In The Himalayas

About

I am Dev, and I've been travelling full-time since 2016. I was a journalism student & started my corporate career as a documentary film-maker in England, before moving to India & becoming a full-time nomad. 25+countries. 50+ Brand Partnerships. And the adventure continues...

  1. Tsering dawa

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  2. Akaldeep Singh

    Hello brother.
    Have some queries..
    Indian institute of skiing and mountaineering offers 14 day course of snowboarding including gear and accomodation?!
    Is it worth to go for it!
    As if we dont have that 30k right now to get it started maybe some other time in future!
    Due to financial issues we are postponing it from past two years.
    Regards

    • Yea, it’s a great option. Very much value for money.
      The only problem is… they teach only skiing (no snowboarding) and getting admission there is next to impossible unless you know someone in the management. The limited seats fill faster than one can imagine! Good luck!!

  3. Battulal

    Thanks for the information .

  4. Now this is certainly useful.

  5. Hi Dev You are truely inspiring, love your post..
    Worth reading this post..

  6. Informative post indeed. Surely you enjoyed your fun moments immensely and encouraging others too. Like your spirit.

  7. Which decathlon store did you buy it from Dev? I see all of them have no in-store availability.

    Would be great if I can visit a store, get a feel of it and then buy, rather than ordering one online.

  8. Carrying it from Delhi to Manali was easy? Did you carry it in a volvo or had to courier it sepeately?

    • Yea I carried it in the Volvo, fits perfectly in the overhead luggage compartment. No need to courier it separately. It moreover weighs nothing.

  9. 30k rupees and a couple of weeks, i did not know that this is all you need to learn snowboarding dev. Great article. I would see to it and consider buying one too

    • Such a bargain to learn such a sport, right?
      And glad you found the information useful.

      • alan varghese

        is there any certification/ level for snowboarding at the place where you went ? is it valid internationally ? can i have the name of the resort/ institute you learned snowboarding from ?

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