17 February 2009

Skiing in the Himalayas

Growing up in the USA, I was asked a lot by my friends whether I was an avid skier. They automatically presumed with all the mountains in Nepal there would be millions of ski resorts in the country. I always had a standard line, "Nepalis climb mountains, we don't ski on them." Well it looks like this may not be true for long.

This week there were two prominent news stories on the ski front which certainly must have saved some face for Jeevan Ram Shrestha, head of the National Sports Council and the often mocked Nepal Ski Association. First, a delegation of skiers and coaches left for a training camp in India, and then there was the story which received international attention about the Nepali ski team not having skis. The story is actually not as negative as it sounds.