For the first time in the history, Grass Skiing has been introduced in our country by Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports (ABVIMAS) in Solang Valley about 16 KMs from Manali. A slope of about 120 Mtrs in length has been developed in Solang Valley for the very same purpose. It is a welcome move for all those adventure lovers who seek different kinds of adventure activities and will definitely help promote tourism and in turn employment too. So, tourists visiting Manali or Solang Valley will have yet another adventure activity to play on and enjoy.
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Manali, October 17
For the first time in the history of adventure sports in the country the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports (ABVIMAS), Manali, took the initiative to introduce grass skiing on the slopes of the Solang valley, 13 km from here, yesterday.
Capt Randhir Singh Salhuria (retd), Director of the institute, inaugurated a seven-day grass skiing course, a specially designed training programme for instructors of the state free of cost.
Mahavir Singh Thakur, Deputy Director (skiing), ABVIMAS, welcomed Captain Salhuria on the grass ski slope in the Solang valley and briefed the gathering about grass skiing at the inaugural session.
In a press note, Captain Salhuria said 32 instructors were being trained in grass skiing, from which six females were also participating in the grass skiing course. Training would be imparted by Santosh, renowned skier who had represented India in the Winter Olympics several times and brought laurels to the state and the country. Another instructor Nirmala was also in the training team.
These two instructors got their training in Iran and also participated in the international grass skiing championship successfully.
Captain Salhuria added that there was a tremendous scope of grass skiing in the state, which would attract adventure lovers as well as domestic and foreign tourists and which could also be a good scope for employment to state youth.
For grass skiing, a 120-m grass skiing slope has been developed at the Solang valley. Grass ski equipment and alpine ski equipment worth Rs 1 crore has been purchased by ABVIMAS last year out of grant-in-aid received from the Central Government.
Captain Salhuria, appreciated the work of the Deputy Director and his team to develop the grass ski slope and their contribution to start up the new adventure activity.
The Director also inaugurated the Artificial Rock Climbing Wall in the Solang valley and a demonstration was organised.
Rock climbing and rappelling on this artificial rock climbing wall have been thrown open to tourists after charging nominal rates under expert guidance.
These two new adventure sports activities of grass skiing and artificial rock climbing have added a new chapter in the history of the mountaineering Institute, which will give a boost to adventure tourism in the state.
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