“It is better to go skiing and think of God, than go to Church and think of sport.” - Fridtjof Nansen
Preparations are going at a tremendous pace to prepare Auli to host the International Ski Federation alpine ski races. An honour in itself, this is the first time, India has given a chance to host this prestigious event where Skiers from all over the world would come to showcase their talent and fight for glory.
Over 90 skiers from India along with many more flooding from all over the world including France, Afghanistan, Italy, Luxembourg and Tajikistan would participate in the country’s first ever international skiing competition from January 15 to 21.
Where on one hand light snowfall on new year’s eve left the tourists in awe, the organisers were thrilled with it. The Chamoli District Magistrate Ashish Joshi has given strict instructions to all nodal officers to complete all the assigned work by 8th January.
The work involves preparing the slopes for various ski competitions. Once the slopes are prepared, The Indo Tibetan Border Police would have trial runs on the slopes to check for any further enhancements.
The Winter Games Federation of India is very happy with this opportunity. The secretary general Roshan Lal Thakur said, “A total of seven events in the men’s category and seven other in the women’s category will take place in Auli. Over ninety skiers from India and two dozen foreign skiers will fight for top honour in the championship.”
A major step in tourism department’s attempt to turn Auli into a world class ski resort, Auli last hosted South Asian Winter Games in 2011. But sadly the participation from other countries was very less and it turned out to be an Indian Dominated event.
However, with as big an event as this, large number of talented foreign skiers are expected to visit Uttarakhand which would not only provide a chance to all the sports enthusiasts to watch International athletes in action but also would give an opportunity to Indian skiers to compete with some of the best talent in the world.
The tournament would have total 14 events including 6 Slalom and 8 Giant Slalom events. An alpine skiing snowboarding discipline, Slalom involves skiing between poles or gates. The skier has to pass between the two poles forming the gate. In Giant Slalom, the two sets of poles are kept at greater distance as compared to a Slalom.The skier must pass between the two poles forming the gate.