Come, ski down Himachal's grassy slopes
"The grass slopes are ready. One can come and ski in the country's only natural slopes throughout the year," Randhir Singh Salhuria, director ofthe state-run Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports in Manali, told IANS.
Solang, popular among skiers for its great snow and steep pistes, is just 13 km uphill from Manali.
For the first time, the mountaineering institute, set up in 1961 to promote adventure sports, developed a 120-metre-long grassy slope by planting a thick variety of grass. It has started a seven-day basic course in grass skiing.
Grass skiing remains an ever-popular activity among the Europeans. Of late, it has picked up in China, Japan and Iran too.
Salhuria said the basic summer course would continue till the onset of winter. It has been designed for beginners and any participant above the age of 10 can enrol.
The mountaineering institute is also conducting special activities in mountaineering, backpacking, skiing, trekking, rafting, kayaking and paragliding for students, families and corporates.