Snowfall in Manali


Quick Summary : Manali Snow Activities

Month Snowfall Skiing Sledding Snow Mobile
January Yes Yes Yes Yes
February Yes Yes Yes Yes
March Yes Yes Yes Yes
April Yes Yes Yes
May Yes Yes Yes
June Yes
Jul - Sep
Octber Mid Oct. Mid Oct.
November Yes Yes Yes
December Yes Yes Yes

Snow and Manali are synonyms for tourists. Table below gives you summary of observations over many years, though impossible to predict Manali weather accurately.


Details of Summary Table

1. Snowfall : Possibility of fresh snowfall at Manali town, Gulaba, Solang or at Rohtang Pass. This does not mean there will be a continous snowfall in marked months!
2. Snow Activities : Marked months are those in which one could possibly indulge in amateur skiing, snowboarding, snow mobile or just to throw snow balls at one another. In short, snow activities uncommon in much of tropical India.
For snowplay one has to head to Solang valley, Gulaba or to Rohtang Pass.
By June, snow begins to thaw even at Rohtang pass, making it difficult to indulge in snow activities.
3. Rohtang Pass: Border Road Organization decides as to when Rohtang Pass will be open for tourists. Marked months are ones in which it is most likely to remain open.


Monthwise details for Snow activities at Manali

Month Snowfall Snow Activities Rohtang Pass

March

Occasional snowfall
at Solang/Snow Point
Snow play at Solang and Snow Point Rohtang Pass : Normally closed

April

Rare to experience snowfall Snow play at Solang and Snow Point Rohtang Pass : Normally closed

May

- 〃 - Snow activity : Yes (at Snowpoint) Rohtang Pass normally opens Mid May
2013 Update : To open on May 1st

June

- 〃 - Limited Snow play at Rohtang Pass. Rohtang Pass will be open for most part of the month. Head to Leh along Manali - Leh highway

July

- 〃 - Monsoon is active with possibility of frequent land slides enroute Rohtang Pass

Snow in Manali

Month Snowfall Snow Activities Rohtang Pass

August

Fresh snowfall : Rare Not much opportunity for snow play - 〃 -

September

- 〃 - - 〃 - Rohtang Pass: Open for most days.

October

Can experience snowfall at Rohtang Pass, sometimes it can be heavy as in 2010. Snow activities by mid October - 〃 -

November

Fresh snowfall at Snowpoint Snow activities at Solang Valley/ Snow point Rohtang Pass: Can close anytime based on climate conditions

December

Fresh snowfall in and around Manali - 〃 - Rohtang Pass: Closed

January

Possibility of experiencing snowfall at Manali itself Snow play at Solang and Snowpoint Rohtang Pass : Closed

February

- 〃 - - 〃 - Winter Carnival in mid February

March

Likely to experience fresh snowfall at Snow point - 〃 - Rohtang Pass : Normally closed

Snow Play at Manali

Manali and Snow is perfect holiday theme during winter months.
  • There are many vendors at Snow play areas (Solang valley, Snow point, Rohtang Pass) who provide "snow wear" on hire .These include, pair of snow shoes, gloves and snow suit. Please check them, especially the boots, as a damaged boot can lead to intense pain especially if your feet is exposed to the cold snow. Negotiate charges for snow wear and activities as vendors will try to fleece you. We have provided both Government mandated rate as well as average rate paid by tourists
  • Snow mobile and other adventure activities are centred at Solang Valley, 12 kms from Manali.
  • Contact Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports,Manali (ABVIMAS) for short term skiing lessons.

Finding Snow at Manali

Snowfall is not an all year phenomenon. Unfortunately, package holiday operators and hotels make false promises and set wrong expectations. To enjoy snow and to experience fresh snowfall, visit Manali in winter. Between July and September, even if you do find snow around Manali, chances are that it will be slippery, dirty, hardened and not good for children to play around.

During summers, the adventurous and young can visit tribal districts of Lahaul-Spiti. They are cut off from rest of the world for nearly six months as they are covered in snow. Manali-Leh road trip is enjoyable especially on your own bike.

Manali Snowfall in 2013

Higher reaches, including Rohtang and Baralacha passes received the season's first snowfall on Oct 1.

Manali Snowfall in 2012

  • Manali witnessed heavy snowfall in January 2012 and as well as in February 2012 much more than in previous years. Snow gave an extra nip to valentine day celebrations.
  • Dec 2011: Manali celebrated a white Christmas as there was fresh snow fall in December
  • Manali witnessed fresh snowfall in April 2011. This is not a very common and do not expect to experience fresh snowfall in April 2012.

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