Auli, as a Skiing area, was recognized by Mr. R.D. Vernede, Dy Commissioner of Pauri-Garhwal during his maiden visit to Auli in the 1946 for the first time. He was the first person to ski down the slopes of Auli.
It was in March 1972 when Shri Hukam Singh Pangtey, Ex-Addl DIG (then Company Commander) happened to visit Auli for the first time and founded these slopes very promising and having great potentials for skiing. Thus he was the first Indian to do so.
ITBP was very keen to impart training on mountaineering to its personnel on large scale since seats available for ITBP at various outside institutions were very limited. To satisfy the need Shri Hukm Singh Pangtey then Coy Cdr, was assigned the responsibility of conducting Basic Mountaineering Course in II Bn ITBP at Sunil. Basic Mountaineering Courses were conducted at Joshimath and at the same time proposal was moved to the ITBP HQrs to begin skiing training. The first Basic Skiing Course was run at Auli in Feb/March 1973 when the instructional staff as well as trainees lived under canvas.
After the beginning was made, regular Skiing Course during winter and mountaineering courses during summer were regularly made to be conducted at Joshimath and Auli under supervision of Shri Pangtey. Later on the land was acquired and all the construction works were done by the II Bn including installation of electric generator and rope-tow ski lift system.
At one stage ITBP HQrs was also contemplating the possibility of shifting the institute from Auli to Manali but later decision fell in favour of Auli in view of fact that the slopes at Auli were very safe and superior to those around Manali. Further, the scope of field training area for snow craft and ice craft as well as summer skiing is better in Joshimath area.
His Excellency Shri. B.D. Jatti, the then vice President of India laid the foundations of the Institute on 28th March 1976, as a Training Institute. Since then this Institute has made geat strides in its multifaceted developments and Trained more than 22000 personnel in Skiing, Mountaineering, Rock Climbing, Survival and Rafting field.
TOTAL-22171 TRAINEES TRAINED TILL DATE
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Auli is also known as Auli Bugyal. Auli has one of the best slope in the world facilitating snow skiing during winter from beginning of January to end of March The 03 KM. long slope ranges from 2515 Mtr to 3049 Mtr. offers a magnificent panoramic- views of central Himalayas peaks likes the Nandadevi (7817 Mtr) Kamet (7756 Mtr) Mana Parvat (7273 Mtr) and Dronagiri (7066 Mtr) etc.
The deodar and oks forest cover the slopes and reduce the velocity of the chilling wind to the minimum thus helping the skiers. Skiers and Mountaineers trained from M&SI Auli represent many National and International events. Mountaineers also skied Down form MT. Everest, MT. Kamet and MT. Abhigamin.
State wide natural calamity of cloud bursts and floods in Uttarakhand occurred on 15-06-13 to 17-06-13 which devastated the Kedarnath/Gaurikund, Govindghat, Badrinath and Ghangharia areas of Chamoli District. The roads and tracks were broken and bridges across rivers washed away completely. Thousands of pilgrims and locals were stranded at these places.
The institute was given responsibility to assess the situation on Hemkund Sahib and Badrinath axis. ITBP Auli rescued about 7965 personnel till the rescue operation called off on 26-06-2013 evening.