International Skiing Federation visits Auli for proposed skiing competition
The International Skiing Federation (FIS), the world’s highest governing body for international winter sports, had visited Auli, Uttarakhand this Tuesday. They conducted homologation of the Auli skiing slopes for the proposed skiing competition. The Ski competition would take place in Auli around Feb 2020. The inspection was done by G Bernad, the chief inspector of FIS along with state tourism officials, after which Bernad gave some suggestions regarding the slope.
He said there was a need to remove the stones from the slopes that can cause potential hazards and also said that the drainage system can be improved. He advised the tourism department to cease all vehicle movements on the slope. Safety walls to be constructed and foaming mattresses needed to be placed at sensitive areas for Auli to be considered as a possible host for the skiing competition.
Dilip Jawalkar, the Tourism secretary, said that the department was “making all efforts for a smooth event.”
In February, Auli had successfully hosted a three-day National Alpine Skiing Contest. There were participants from the Indian Army and the Indo Tibetan Border Police. They showed exemplary skills in nordic, cross country and alpine skiing, as well as snowboard parallel giant slalom.
State Cabinet Minister Subodh Uniyal had inaugurated the competition. “Events like these will put this hill station on the world map. We are planning to develop the slopes here at par with the sporting arenas at the world level,” Uniyal said.