MANALI: With hopes for good snowfall in winters, thousands of ski lovers from across the country are enquiring about the ski courses in Manali. Meanwhile, Atal Bihari Vajpayee institute of mountaineering and allied sports (ABVIMAS) has announced skiing courses in many categories which would kick off from January 11.
Temperature at ski slopes of Manali is appropriate for skiing and private ski operators are hoping for good spells of snowfall in December. The average minimum temperature of Manali is 2 degrees Celsius. Ski operators are happy that only 6 inch layer of snow at Rohtang pass is still intact even after two months of dry spell. They believe that if it snows at Solang valley, the enthusiasts would be able to ski for weeks and provide employment to many local operators.
ABVIMAS deputy director Mahabir Thakur said January is the ideal month for skiing, so institute is organizing short and long term skiing courses in different categories from January 11. “Special ski courses would be conducted between January 11 and 27, February 11 and 27, March 14 and 29. Six 14-days basic courses and two intermediate skiing courses would be organized. Also, after the request of skiers, we are going to organize an advanced skiing course on Solang ski slopes,” he said.
Special skiing courses are being organized for Indian Air Force, Indian Navy, NSS, Nehru Yuva Sangathan Club Chandigarh and other national institutions. At least 800 volunteers from the above institutions would take part in 10-day-long skiing and adventure activities at ABVIMAS Manali, Dharamshala, Narkanda and Hatkoti from January to April. A 21 days method of instructions skiing course is specially designed for the instructors. Thakur said that interested person from any age group can apply for these courses.
Though, there are no signs of snowfall in Manali after two-month-long dry spell, but skiing enthusiasts have strong belief that slopes would have snow-mantle like last year in December. Private instructors and skiers too are getting good inquiries from each corner of the country.
Ludar Thakur, a ski instructor in Manali said, “Winters have begun and inquiries for short-term skiing courses are pouring in. For now, Rohtang pass has a thin layer of snow where seekers are learning the basics of skiing. We are sure to have our all slopes rejuvenated with fresh snow in December which would thrill skiers and generate new sources of income for us.”