Foundation

Ski and Snowboarding Foundation Nepal (NFSS)

Baneshwor-34, Kathmandu
Registration No: 2072/09/29
Pan No: 603824366
Social welfare Council No: 42697
P.O. Box: 9003
Email: nfssnepal@gmail.com
Website: www.nfssnepal.org , www.skiguidesnepal.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NFSSskifornepal/
Contact No: +977 14490319 (Office)
Whatsapp/Cell: +977 985 118 4975, +977 984 149 6323

Who we are & what we do

After the devastating earthquake which hit Nepal in 2015, Nepali students and mountain guides initiated the Ski and Snowboarding Foundation Nepal.

The objective was to bring something attractive to the remote valley areas which would allow to bring something positive and empowering to some of the areas which badly suffered and to build up a midterm perspective to introduce skiing and snowboarding in an area which was dominated by a limited season of climbing and mountain hiking.

Ski and Snowboarding Foundation Nepal aims to teach Nepalese youngsters skiing, snowboarding, ski touring and ski Mountaineering. With the support of a consortium of Austrian, German, Swedish and Swiss ski instructors that are keen on sharing their skills and knowledge with Nepalese tourism students we started a dual track ski school project.

We train mountain guides and Climbing Sherpa how to conduct ski tours securely with tourists and at the same time will encourage Nepalese students and youngsters to learn how to ski and snowboard. A first training session with more than 30 students, supported with equipment from sponsors and private donations was held in February 2016 in the remote Rolwaling Valley. In September 2016 we conducted advanced ski training for mountain guides in the Solokhumbu area to improve on their basic skills in ski touring. This included the first ski run down from Mera Peak 6475m https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ZXWtxc5Xxk.

From December 18th until 6th of January NFSS we organize a beginner course in Langtang Valley with the support of another NGO dedicated to promoting skiing in Nepal. More than 100 students already signed up. We also gave training to 6 Nepal Army in Annapurna Base Camp in February 2017  including 25 more locals, mountain guides and another student for 15 days. They want to learn skiing more for mountain warfare. We were featured by Redbull AmapShico in that event. We are organizing an event in Khangala Glacier in Manang for mountain guides and other people.

We also conducted the first Banked slalom Snowboard race and the highest ski tour race in the world. During February 2017 we will organize a major beginner and advanced ski training with locals, students and mountain guides. All courses include a professional avalanche and crevasse rescue training. The goal is to empower Nepali stakeholders to establish several ski tour resorts so that they can expand the tourism season, create new jobs and opportunities through existing infrastructure. Various locations for such a possible ski resort have been scouted and we are working on feasibility studies for the construction of ropeways and cable cars at the respective locations, too. We also want to see Nepal participate in winter Olympic and represent Nepal in the international ski community.

In addition, we will conduct workshops for a draft of ski legislation in December. Stakeholders like the ropeway companies, Ministry of Tourism, Helicopter Ski Operators, Mountain Guide Association, NGOs come together to develop a legal framework that guarantees a secure investment climate, environmental and social guidelines.

In the past year, we managed to become members of several INGOs. We represent Nepal in the World Snowboard Federation (WSF) and in the International Ski Mountaineering Federation (ISMF).

We have been featured in many newspapers and international magazine publications to date, as the global community becomes aware of our program and goals to inspire and educate our youth and our community here in Nepal.

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