Himachal's snowy slopes invite skiers
Powdery snow slopes at Solang near the picturesque tourist resort of Manali have once again started attracting skiers. And they should be in no hurry - the hills will remain blanketed in white till March end.
A skier at the Solang slopes, 13 km uphill from the picturesque tourist resort of Manali in Himachal Pradesh.
Skiing organisers say more spells of snow are expected and will keep the Solang slopes, just 13 km uphill from Manali, covered in white for over two months.
"At present, the Solang Valley has more than a three-and-a-half foot snow cover. The region will continue to experience fresh snow till February," Randhir Singh Salhuria, director of the state-run Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports here, told IANS.
The institute is conducting skiing courses - for professionals and amateurs - in Solang in the western Himalayas. This season the courses began from early January and will continue till the slopes have snow.
Salhuria said a large number of skiers and snowboarders have come to the slopes for the first time in the season as the snow stopped and road links from Manali reopened.