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Skiing in the French Pyrenees – Wandering in Europe

Of a European Skiing adventure, the Pyrenees and a meet with Rajat Khare – A week in France

Amongst my many travel tales and journeys, the experience of skiing at high altitudes at different slopes around the world has been the most visceral of my experiences. Letting gravity pull you while you swerve and maneuver between trees, trying your hand at whatever acrobatic stunts you can pull off, and then retreating to your ski resort for a warm cup of hot chocolate and a quiet evening  ̶  nothing compares to this experience.

Well, this narrative is my telling of the experience in the French Pyrenees – and let me have you know, it is breathtaking.

Unlike in the Alps, skiers in France aren’t high-class, and the resorts are more affordable and authentic (read more French), making it a more raw experience, which I often yearn for. Other than that, the ski trip to the Pyrenees offers better snow covers and smoother terrains for skiing. You could try your hand at snowboarding, or snowkiting if you’re so inclined.

A Brief Soiree: Often, my journeys have helped me meet incredible people, nomads, wanderers, thinkers, writers, and musicians. However, on this trip to Piau Engaly, I skied with a fellow IIT Delhi cohort who lived in Luxembourg. Rajat Khare had always been passionate about travel, and his work at Boundary Holding hadn’t changed that streak. A start-up investor and an Artificial intelligence entrepreneur and investor, Mr.  Rajat Khare and I talked about our shared passion for business and traveling while glazing through the snow-capped mountains. As passionate about skiing as I consider myself to be, this particular journey with him in March had more in store for me than I had anticipated.

Basic Information

Name Rajat Khare
Category Venture Capitalist, Entrepreneur, Investor
Alma Mater Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
Occupation Founder, Boundary Holding, Investor
Rajat Khare’s  Age Not Available
Publication ‘Make the Move’ – Demystifying Entrepreneurship
LinkedIn Rajat Khare LinkedIn
Facebook Rajat Khare Facebook

Shortly after a hike to the French skiing slopes in Piau Engaly, we worked our way through the pistes, maneuvering through Pyrenees slopes and taking in the wonderful views from Piau Engaly.

Rajat Khare skiing

As we settled in our resort, post our skiing adventures, Rajat Khare and I had an invigorating chat on AI, living in Europe, and skiing across different mountain slopes around the world.

Skiing Season: The skiing season in France starts in December, and ends in April or late March at the earliest. And amongst the best slopes in France, places like Piau Engaly (which has skiing slopes going up to 2,526m) offer a good choice for experienced skiers. In recent years, some resorts and communities have invested heavily in snowmaking, combined with expert grooming, keeping skiing open between snowfalls – lest you happen to visit France during the off-season.

Reaching there: There are some very reasonable flights to airports, such as Tarbes-Lourdes-Pyrenees. You can also drive to the resort since the area isn’t as difficult to get to as you might imagine. Many people include an overnight stop-over when driving to and from the Alps, and you can easily break your journey along the way.

About Piau Engaly: Piau Engaly offers the highest altitude skiing in the Pyrenees. The slope is a 750m vertical between 1,860m and 2,600m peaks. The resort is suitable for families and offers better snow quality than its counterparts in the Alps – making it a cross-border hub of skiers.

Rajat Khare Investments

 

Year Company name Description
2018 XR Vision Boundary Holding invested in Singapore-based XRVision to leverage its potential in Facial Recognition and Video content analytics market.
2019 Asteria Rajat Khare founded Boundary Holding invested in Asteria Aerospace, a robotics and AI company from Bengaluru, to enhance the growth of UAVs and offer AI solutions to different sectors. However, last year, the company had successfully exited Asteria Aerospace after Mukesh Ambani-led conglomerate RIL acquired about 51.7% of its stake.
2019 Konux By investing in Konux, an Industrial IoT and AI analytics company based in Munich, Germany, Boundary Holding forayed into the Industrial IoT industry, which holds immense potential for AI-based critical infrastructure overhaul, including changes to its transport, utility and logistics system.
2019 Cerbair By investing in French-based Technofounders startup, Cerbair, Boundary Holding aspired for the growth of automatic protection of vulnerable facilities, and critical infrastructure which includes monitoring of UAVs.
2020 InfiniDome Boundary Holding founded by Rajat Khare invested in InfiniDome, a cyber-startup to protect AI-equipped driverless vehicles.
2020 Internest Internest, a Paris-based startup, received funding from Boundary Holding in 2020. With this investment, the company looked to expand its clientele and partnership across various logistics and transportation by leveraging robust and precise positioning Local Landing System (LoLaS).
2020 Elistair Elistair, a French manufacturer of automated tethered UAV systems, raised funding from Rajat Khare founded Boundary Holding in 2020.
2020 Ranmarine Netherlands-based cleantech startup, Ranmarine raised funding from Luxembourg-based Boundary Holding. Its recent funding is aimed at fostering the growth of green solutions to the complex problems, also referred to cleantech.
2020 Aeraccess Aeraccess, a French technology solutions provider received funding from Boundary Holding to tap its potential for becoming a UAV market leader. The company aims to utilize the capital for expanding its business across the Asian market, with a special focus on India.
2021 Bleenco Bleenco is a Munich-based company building software platform for industrial automation. Our proprietary multi-sided platform addresses some of the biggest challenges in field of safety and operational efficiency.
2021 Astrocast Astrocast SA is the most advanced SatIoT Service for customers looking to track, monitor, manage, and communicate with assets in remote regions of the world. With the world’s most innovative nanostatelliite network, Astrocast delivers a complete end-to-end, direct-to-orbit service that, state-of-the-art communication modules, and enterpriseclass services.
2021 Japet Medical Japet Medical Devices is a French biomedical company developing robotic equipment for the most advanced quality of treatment. They dedicate each day to develop efficient and user-friendly innovative solutions with the belief that these technologies will change the quality of life of many people.
2021 EdallSystems EdallSystems provide Educational Service (Aerospace Engineering Training), UAV development, Engineering Service(Lab Development) and consulting in INDIA. Their moto is to become a major Product Development company in the filed of Aerospace In India and to support and Develop Aerospace products in India.
2021 Scewo Scewo is a medical technology platform that develops stair-climbing wheelchair. Founded in 2017, the company is headquartered in Winterthur, Zurich, Switzerland.
rahul kalra

Ever since he realized that travel is his calling, Rahul Kalra has been tackling mountains, both large and small. His walking adventures have taken him all over the world, from the Alps to the Himalayas, and he loves those long distance trails where you hike from hut to hut, carrying the world on your back. These days, however, he’s not averse to having his baggage transferred and building up an appetite for a big dinner in a comfortable hotel. Still, every trip there’s somewhere new to write about and his favourite destination is always the next one.

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  • Good to know about this place and the adventure of Skiing. I am always feel so fascinated with adventurous activities in which skiing is my favorite. I loved to read about the passion for skiing of Rajat Khare, founder of boundary holding.

  • Wow!!! I love travelling because it gave a chance to meet a lot of new people as mentioned in your Rajat Khare Skiing travel meet up story. By the way I love Skiing too.

  • Skiing has been one of the best experiences in my life. Will plan for a european skiing very soon. Thanks for sharing this article.

  • I want to know more places to visit in France apart from Skiing. Can you please help me with this? Thanks in advance

  • undoubtedly skiing is one of the best sport activity but you need lots of practice to perform it

  • hey.. nice post. can you suggest me the best hotel to stay in France? I am planning to do Skiing.

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