With an aim to encourage children towards snow sports and conserve environment to preserve the snow, the 9th World Snow Day (WSD) was organized at slopes of Solang valley near Manali on Sunday.
A large number of children and youth congregated at Solang slopes and enjoyed skiing and snowboarding for the whole day. The children were given free lessons on skiing. The tourists were also given chance to try hand at the sport. On the call of the International Ski Federation (FIS), the night edition of World Snow Day saw 363 events and actions take place in 45 countries on Sunday.
Ski and Snowboard India secretary general Roopu Negi said FIS WSD was celebrated at Solang in presence of a large number of children and youth under thfe aegis of Indian Olympic Association secretary general Rajeev Mehta.
“We are encouraging children and their families to come to the snow. India is performing well in winter sports. The world has now recognized our potential. Although we have not achieved much in international events but we are confident that we shall get recognition among top athletes of the world soon in future. As children are the future of winter sports, the purpose of celebrating snow day is to encourage them to show interest in winter sports,” he said.
Most of the ski resorts and clubs allowed free entry to skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts on occasion of World Snow Day. Besides encouraging children to experience fun of snow, they were told about the health benefits of winter sports. They were also told that how important is to conserve the environment to preserve the snow.
Himachal Pradesh Winter Games Association (HPWGA) president Ludar Thakur said that FIS president Gian Franco Kasper had sent a message that all the skiing clubs, federations and state associations should take part in maximum events.
“He was excited that how World Snow Day has exceeded the expectations. The president said this is a great achievement and testament to how important children and their families are to snow sports.”