Arif Khan is an Indian alpine skier. He competes in the slalom, which involves skiing between poles and gates. In November 2021, his name was announced to represent India in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics in the slalom event, and he became the first Indian Ski athlete to represent India in the slalom event in alpine skiing. In December 2021, in a meeting held at Montenegro, Arif Khan received the opportunity to represent India in the giant slalom event too. Arif has represented India in more than a hundred Ski events held across the world and for more than nine months in a year, he receives Ski training in Europe.In a conversation with a media house, Arif stated that in childhood, he liked to play football and cricket, but there was no big playground available to him to play that was why he chose skiing as the last resort as it was convenient for him in his home town.In 2017, Arif Khan participated in the Asian Winter Games which were organised at Sapporo, Japan.At the age of four, Arif started practising skiing in his home town. Arif Khans father is a ski equipment shopkeeper in Gulmarg, Jammu and Kashmir. In a conversation with a media house, Arif stated that the shops were very far away from his house and in winters, it was not possible for him and his father to go on thick snow. That was why they chose skiing. He said, It was in 1994. We had to walk about 500 metres to the ski shop. And there was thick snow. My father had groomed a small ski slope just outside the shop. We started (skiing) at around 9.30 AM and went on for hours..At the age of ten, Arif Khan began participating in state-level Ski competitions.Arif Khan won a gold medal in the slalom event at a national level championship at the age of twelve.At the age of sixteen, Arif Khan represented India at a junior international ski federation (FIS) event in Yomase, Japan and made his international debut. In this event, he finished at the 23rd position.At the age of seventeen, Arif Khan was one of the top 15 skiers at the Changchun Asian Games organised in China.Arif Khan was the winner of two gold medals both in the slalom and giant slalom Alpine Skiing events held at the South Asian Winter Games in 2011.In 2013, Arif Khan participated in the FIS World Ski Championships, and in the slalom, he finished at 59th and in the giant slalom, he finished at 91st.