Heavy snowfall in Solang Valley of Manali has cheered the winter games enthusiasts who have flocked here for skiing, snowboarding and other activities. Ski slopes here are covered with hundreds of amateur and professional skiers. “Watching skiers on television always thrills me and now that I’m attempting skiing here, it is
like dream come true for me,” a tourist from Indore, Praveen Jain, said.
It is snowing on high hills of Kullu, Shimla, Chamba, Lahaul-Spiti and Kinnaur while lower hills
are experiencing light showers. A moderate cold wave is persistent in the state
and Keylong in Lahaul was coldest inhabited place in Himachal at -10.4 degrees
Celsius followed by Kalpa at -5.4 degrees C. Night temperature in Manali
(0.6), Shimla (5.5), Dharamshala (7.6) and Solan (4.2) is still cold. According to
Shimla Meteorological office, a fresh western disturbance has entered the state and it would bring more snow
to high hills of western Himalayan regions from February 22.
to hoteliers in Shimla, shortage of drinking water is the main problem in
Shimla during summers and they are expecting more snowfall till March. An
hotelier, Chandra Sharma, said, “More snowfall means enough drinking water for
summers. Otherwise we are forced to bring water from many kilometers for our
guests. Snow on hills also helps keep the temperature down.”