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The Host

Ajay Bhatt

  • Himalayan Snow Runner – an adventure travel company, since 2001

  • Himalayan Abode – A luxury home stay at Joshimath since 2008

  • Founder, Auli Ski & Snowboard School

  • Founder, Ski Mountaineering Association of Uttarakhand

  • Co-Founder, Auli Woods (Luxury Camping) since 2017

  • Co-Founder, Mountain Rover, Auli (Nature & Ski Retreat) since 2017

  • Co-Founder, Casa Himalaya, Auli (Luxury Ski Resort) since 2021

OBJECTIVES & IDEOLOGIES

  • To be the best adventure trip provider in the Himalayan Region of Uttarakhand, India by adopting ecologically sensitive approach to tourism

  • Actively engage in bringing-up the skill-sets of local children and youth – particularly in the skiing and mountaineering activities (which is a key opportunity in this region)

  • Coach and train young athletes in skiing and snowboarding to help them achieve their potential and prepare them to participate in competitive events at national and international levels

  • Create a positive impact in the society I live by spreading awareness about environmental conservation, awareness about natural disasters, educate locals on preservation of natural resources, training locals on rescue operations, etc.

EXPERTISE & SKILLS

Over 15 years of experience as:

  • Expert ski champion

  • Expert snow-boarding champion

  • Experienced mountaineer

Other skills:

  • Avid photographer

PIONEERIING INITIATIVES FOR AULI REGION

  • Introduced Sky Running sport for the first time and successfully conducted the first ever event for Sky Running in Joshimath-Auli in April 2018

  • Introduced Snow Shoeing sport for the first time in Auli region in February 2020. India’s Union Sports Minister (Mr Kiran Rijiju) experienced and enjoyed the inaugural sessions of the same

  • Successfully Hosted first ever High Altitude MTB Rally from Mana Pass (altitude 5632 mtr) to Badrinath (altitude 3,300 mtr) in October 2022 (under the banner of Ski Mountaineering Association of Uttarakhand)

CURRENT POSTS & INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • National Coach for India’s Junior and Sub-junior skiing team – position conferred by Winter Games Federation of India (WGFI)

  • Coach for India’s team of senior athletes participating in FIS Alpine Championship, Dubai held at Ski Dubai in November 2022 (Indian team won historic 8 medals – 4 silver & 4 bronze – and bagged 2nd position in overall medal tally)

  • Coach of Uttarakhand State Team in 1st & 2nd Khelo India Winter Games in J&K in February 2020 and February 2021

  • Represented and participated in Second World Ski Mountaineering Masters in Qinghai Province China in May 2019 (Ski Running and Sky Mountaineering event as a part of Beijing Winter Olympics 1000 day countdown carnival activities)

  • Coach for India’s team of senior athletes participating in Asian Winter Games in Sapporo, Japan in February 2017

  • Coach for India’s team of young athletes participating in Trofeu Borrufa 2015 in Andorra, Spain in January 2015

  • Coach for India’s team of young athletes participating in Dream Program 2014, Korea in January 2014

  • Event management team member at Sochi Winter Olympic & Paralympic Games 2014

PREVIOUS WORK EXPERIENCE

  • Skiing coach at GMVN [ Govt.of Uttaranchal] for 10 years from 2001 to 2010

  • Skiing coach for Nepal and Bhutan ski team for event held in Auli in the year 2009

  • Technical Member for 1st South Asian Winter Game 2011

  • Technical Member in National Winter Games during 2009 to 2014

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Secured ‘A’ Grade in snow skiing basic course (Year 1995, Auli, Uttarakhand, India)

  • Secured ‘A’ Grade in snow skiing intermediate course (Year 1998, Auli, Uttarakhand, India)

  • Secured ‘A’ Grade in snow skiing advance course (Year 2000, Auli, Uttarakhand, India)

  • Secured ‘AX’ Grade in skiing METHOD OF INSTRUCTION COURSE (Year 2002, Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India)

  • Secured ‘A’ Grade in water sports basic course (Year 2002, Dehradun, Uttarakhand, India)

  • Secured ‘A’ Grade in basic mountaineering training course (Year 1997, Auli, Uttarakhand, India)

AWARDS & RECOGNITION

  • Successful participation in National Winter Games Championship (Year 1993, Auli, Uttarakhand, India)

  • Secured 3rd position in Winter Games Open Skiing Championship (Year 1996, Auli, Uttarakhand, India)

  • Successful participation in 8th National Winter Games Championship (Year 1996, Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India)

  • Secured 1st position in National Open Skiing Championship (Year 1998, Auli, Uttarakhand, India)

  • Successful participation in Indian Olympic Association First Nation Winter Games (Year 1998, Gulmarg, Jammu & Kashmir, India)

  • Secured 1st position in Winter Sports Championship (Year 1999, Auli, Uttarakhand, India)

  • Successful participation in Himanchal Skiing Cup (Year 1999, Manali, Himachal Pradesh, India)

  • Successful participation in Indian Olympic Association 3rd National Winter Games (Year 2003, Auli, Uttarakhand, India)

  • Successful participation in Indian Olympic Association 4th National Winter Games (Year 2004, Auli, Uttarakhand, India)

  • Successful participation in National Winter Games 2005

  • Secured 2nd position in winter Ski Championship (Year 2012, Auli, Uttarakhand, India)

  • Technical Member for National Winter Ski Championship (Year 2013, Auli, Uttarakhand, India)

  • Won Best Photographer Award in Nature Category in year 2011

  • Won Best Photographer Award in Wild life category in year 2013

  • Felicitated by Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology in 2018 for notable contribution in winter sports and homestays domain

  • Felicitated by Joshimath Municipal Corporation for Contribution towards Social Awareness in 2019

  • Felicitated by ITBP during Skiing & Snowboarding Championships in Auli in 2020 for outstanding contribution and achievements in winter sports in Auli region

  • Felicitated by ITBP during Sky Running Championships in Auli in 2022 for pioneering introduction of Sky Running and Ski Mountaineering sports in Joshimath-Auli region

  • Invitee for nationwide video conferencing with Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and awardee at district level felicitation by District Magistrate Chamoli in 2022 for notable work in homestay & adventure sphere availing the state introduced incentive schemes

  • Felicitated by Indian Army in December 2022 for outstanding performance as a Coach of India team in FIS Alpine Championship, Dubai (Indian team won historic 8 medals – 4 silver & 4 bronze – and bagged 2nd position in overall medal tally)

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