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Dry winters disappoint skiers in Himachal Pradesh

A major part of Narkanda slope does not have enough ice due to less snowfall this winter

punjab Updated: Feb 09, 2018 19:43 IST
Saurabh Chauhan
Saurabh Chauhan
Hindustan Times, Himachal Pradesh
Himachal,Narkanda,Himachal Pradesh
Skiing skiing activities continue at Narkanda despite less snow. (HT File Photo)

Farmers are not the only ones who are worried about the dry winter spell, adventure sport lovers and service providers are disappointed as well, since the famous Dhomri skiing slope of Narkanda has less to offer this season.

Although a major part of this slope does not have enough ice due to less snowfall this winter, skiing activities are still going on. Tourists as well as local skiers are camping at Narkanda and completing short term skiing courses here. Narkanda still remains a skiers haven, since there is not much snow in Kufri and other parts where skiing activities are carried out. However, the fast melting snow cover is a matter of concern.

A group of tourists from Maharashtra completed a five-day skiing course at Narkanda. Mohit Gumboskar, a tourist said, “I completed the skiing course which was fantastic. The local instructor told us about the basics of skiing. However, it would have been much better, if the entire slope was covered with snow.”

A local skiing expert Zampa Negi said the conditions for skiing were not conducive due to insufficient snowfall. He also said they are still conducting courses for students as well as tourists.

Alpine skier Rakesh Singh, who is undergoing a skiing course said, “A major area of the skiing slope is dry and the ice cover is shrinking every day. If predictions go right, snowfall will occur on Sunday or Monday, which is beneficial for us too.”

Shimla Meteorological Center has predicted snowfall and rainfall in the higher reaches in next 48 to 72 hours. “Western disturbance is expected to hit the region this weekend. We are expecting snowfall in higher altitudes while rainfall in mid and lower reaches,” Meteorological Center, Shimla, director Manmohan Singh said.

Narkanda skiing slope -- 65km from Shimla, is 1km from the National highway- located 2,700mtr above the sea level. The Dhomri skiing slope at Narkanda is located in the middle of Deodar forests. Usually, there is 2-3ft ice cover at the skiing slope, but this winter it had only 3-5 inches thick ice cover. Mild snowfall at Narkanda occurred in December and January.

First Published: Feb 09, 2018 19:42 IST