Winter Games Federation of India
To create awareness about skiing and promote skiing as a sports in India, Winter Games Federation of India (WGFI) was formed in 1984 by a group of visionaries and adventure loving individuals who had a vision to promote skiing as an adventure sports, identify talents and benefit the local communities.
WGFI took off under the able guidance of Admiral Jain (1st President), Capt. T. Mishra (1st Secretary) and Raja Randhir Singh (Secretary General of Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and Founding Member).
Achievements and International Participation:
Winter Asian Games
• First participated in 1986 – Asian Winter Games, Sapporo, Japan.
• Participated in 1990 – Japan
• Participated in 1995 – Korea
• Participated in 1999 – China
• Participated in 2003 – Japan
• Participated in 2007 – China
• Participated in 2011 – Kazakhstan
Winter Olympics Games
• Participated in 1988 – Calgary, Canada
• Participated in 1992 – Val de Zaire, France
• Participated in 1998 – Nagano, Japan
• Participated in 2002 – Salt Lake City, USA
• Participated in 2006 –Torino- Italy
• Participated in 2010 – Vancouver, Canada
• 1st Winter Youth Olympic- Innsbruck -Austria- 2012
• Participated in 2014 – Sochi, Russia
• 2nd Winter Youth Olympic- Lillehammer 2016, Norway.
World Ski Championships
• World Alpine Ski Championship –Val de Zaire- France-2009
• World Nordic Ski Championship – Czech Republic-2009
• World Alpine Ski Championship – Garmish- Germany 2011.
• Junior World Ski Championship – Roccarosa – Italy 2012.
• FIS World Alpine Skiing Championship – Schladming 2013 Austria
• FIS Nordic Skiing Championship-Val de Fiemme- Italy 2013.
• Junior World Ski Championship-Jasna 2014- Slovakia
• FIS World Alpine Skiing Championship -Vail - Beaver Creek- 2015 USA.
• FIS Nordic Skiing Champinship – Falun- 2015 Sweden
• Junior World Ski Championship- Sochi 2016, Russia.
• Asian Junior Ski Championship – Every year
• International Children Ski Championship – Every year
• FIS Competitions- Every Year, Europe, Japan, New Zealand, Turkey, Iran.
Affiliations and Recognition
• Indian Olympic Association (IOA)
• Ministry of Sports, Govt of India
• International Ski Federation (FIS), Switzerland
• Asian Ski Federation (ASF)
• International Olympic Committee (IOC)
What Federation did and what Federation plans to do?
The Federation acted as consultant to develop and promote three Ski Resorts in India through their respective State Govts with the support from Govt of India.
The three ski resorts are at:
• Solang Nala, Manali, Himachal Pradesh
• Gulmarg, Jammu & Kashmir
• Auli, Uttarakhand
Positive Effects of Federation to the community
• We have 700 Registered athletes with WGFI.
• Trained approximately 40,000 to 50,000 skiers • Direct employment opportunity to local communities of the ski areas
• Indirect employment to local communities because of tourism development of the ski areas
• To train deserving candidates to take skiing to greater heights.
• Identify promising talents and develop them.
• Develop new areas for skiing purpose.
• Skiing as mass movement and to be proud to be a skier at all levels of society- schools, college, corporate and other organizations.