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Skiing or Snowboarding In Manali

Looking for a place to do skiing or snowboarding in Manali? I suggest you do so in Sethan.

At nearly 3200 m above sea level and a 45 min drive from Manali Mall Road, Sethan offers beautiful views of the towering Dhauladhar ranges.

A town inhabited by Tibetan settlement, Sethan is an ideal place for snow activities like skiing, snow trekking, and sledging, among other things.

I had my first snowboarding experience in Sethan in 2017 and since then I’ve been totally hooked on it, and have visited Sethan at least a dozen times.

What makes Sethan a better alternative to Solang Valley or Rohtang for snow activities, is its offbeat location. Unlike other places, where you don’t get a ski slope entire for yourself, here you get the entire range of mountains.

So yea, if you are trying to do skiing or snowboarding in India, particularly near Manali, this is the place to be.

To get here, you need to first get to Manali. From Manali, you can take a taxi and come to Sethan. As I said, it is located around 15 km from Manali Mall road but since the road is bad, it takes about 45 minutes. You can get a taxi for about 1500 Rupees.

There are no such places to do skiing or snowboarding in Manali other than Sethan or Solang Valley. The problem with Solang Valley is that it is quite crowded. So if you are looking for an offbeat Manali, Sethan is the best option. It is moreover much cheaper to learn skiing or snowboarding here. If you know it already, you can even rent a room somewhere in the town for less than 3000 rupees a couple of weeks and practice.

Here’s a quick video about my snowboarding in Manali, Sethan experience…

Skiing Snowboarding in Manali

Do you know of any other place to learn Skiing or snowboarding in Manali? Where is it?


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...

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