India is not among the top ski holiday destinations. Despite the proximity to the Himalayas, ski resorts in India are a rarity.
However, warm climate do not prevent those, who want to ski all year round. Skiing on the grass is gaining popularity in India. One of the areas, where tourists can try the first grass ski slope in the Solang Valley.
The slope with the total length of 120 meters was designed by the Indian Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports in Manali. To date this is the only ski slope in India, where skiing is available all year round.
Grass skiing became popular in France in 1960. Initially it was a training method for winter skiers. During the descent from the slope athletes use a special model of roller skis.
Today grass skiing is the opportunity to practice your favorite sports in summer. For India, a country with a hot climate, development of this kind of sport promises great prospects. Not long ago, Indian Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports has purchased several sets of equipment in Europe for development of this sport in India. The equipment will be tested on the slopes of the Solang Valley.
In addition to the tests, the institute also plans to offer its services to the tourists. The cost of the alpine grass ski courses for foreign tourists will be around 12,600 rupees. This cost includes training, equipment rental and accommodation.
Himachal Pradesh state, which is located in northern India, is known as one of the most popular areas of mountain tourism in the country. In 2011 it was visited by more than 15 million tourists. In addition to the grass skiing local ski resorts also offers other types of mountaineering and outdoor activities: trekking, kayaking, alpine skiing, paragliding and white water rafting. In addition, Himachal Pradesh state is famous for its Daramsala city, the Dalai Lama’s residence.