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Solang Nullah at Manali to host National Skiing Championship

A national Level skiing Championship (National Senior Alpine Skiing Championship) will be organised from February 7 to February 11 in Solang Nullah 13 km north of Manali in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh after a gap of seven years.

india Updated: Jan 25, 2010 10:57 IST
Parul Sood

A national Level skiing Championship (National Senior Alpine Skiing Championship) will be organised from February 7 to February 11 in Solang Nullah 13 km north of Manali in Kullu district of Himachal Pradesh after a gap of seven years.

In this four-day event about 16 teams comprising about two hundred and fifty participants from across the country are coming to take part in the event. These teams mostly will be from Air Force, Army, Border Security Force (BSF) and Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) among other registered clubs with the Winter Games Federation of India.

Jag Mohan Sharma, General Secretary of Himachal Pradesh Winter Games Association said, "The event is each year allotted by Winter Games Federation of India to different states. This year Himachal got it".

Winter Games Federation of India is an association registered under Indian Olympic Association.

He revealed, "The event is being organised in the state after a gap of seven years".

Despite the enthusiasm the fingers are crossed as the slopes of Manali are without snow cover and the ski resorts till date have been deserted.

It is for the second year in a row, the popular Solang ski slopes, is bereft of snow cover. 'Change in climatic conditions is a matter of concern. You see the entire slopes are totally devoid of snow. This year too the nude slopes have disappointed the adventure sports lovers,' Mehar Chand Thakur, a travel agent in Manali, said.

'Last year (2008-09) was bad for skiing as the slopes witnessed scanty and erratic snowfall. The average temperature across the season was too high which resulted in the melting of snow within a few hours. This year too, it seems, we are heading towards the same crisis,' Thakur said.

According to the meteorological office in Shimla, the Solang ski slopes have so far seen negligible snowfall.

'The Solang slopes have so far received only 15 inches of snowfall, which melted within hours due to high temperature,' said Manmohan Singh, Director, meteorological department.

The slopes witnessed mild spells of snow on Lohri this year, which too melted a day after. Manmohan Singh said, "The western disturbances heading towards the state are strong and we expect good snowfall on January 27 and January 28".

'We are keeping our fingers crossed. If the weather obliges us with a good spell of snow, there are chances of a good time for the championship", said Jag Mohan Sharma. Sharma revealed that this year too camps had to be moved to Gulaba, uphill Manali as Solang Nullah remained devoid of snow.

The skiing on the whole is on decline in the state as in Kufri, 15 Km East from Shimla it has not been done in an organized manner after 1980 and in Narkanda too there is a virtual reduction due to lesser snow.