Himachal Pradesh’s Solang Valley is gearing up to open up India’s first artificial snow park in Manali, that will make skiing possible even during non-snowy months, all round the year.
Tourism in the inviting Himachal mountain regions in good terms, especially during winter time when snow skiing enthusiasts flock up to enjoy the sport – Manali being the most preferred tourist destination. But due to mild winters and inadequate snowfall, the Solang ski slopes are not adequately covered with the natural snow and this can lead to collapsing of Manali skiing industry. To solve the hurdle when snow is not available, international skier Roshan Lal Thakur, who has been associated with the Winter Games Federation of India for long decided to open up India’s first artificial snow park in Manali.
The snow park technology is taken from Europe at a cost of Rs. 60 lakh, and it is the core success factor behind developing the snow park. The brain behind the venture, setting it up on private land, is . 60,000-70,000 liters of water make up to freeze over one foot of snow spread over a 100-meter radius. The fact that skiing can be enjoyed even in artificial snow increases the anxiety of adventure sports. Besides skiing, tourists can also indulge in sledging at the snow park, where the entry fee is Rs 500 per person. The entire project will benefit the nation to hold the National Senior Alpine Skiing Championship this year in February.
The initiative to set up a park brings happiness not only to adventure seekers but also to the hospitality industry in the regions in and around Kullu and Manali latter followed by Shimla and Dharamsala. This initiative also leaves an alternative for the visitors, visiting these hot spots, to complete the Golden Triangle Tour by visiting Delhi and Amritsar as part of an extended tour.