Introductory Ski Course For 6th Batch Of Boys Begins At Gulmarg

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SRINAGAR- After five Ski batches of boys and girls completed their In­troductory Ski Course being Spon­sored by the Tourism Department, the 6th and the final batch of boys was flagged off from TRC, Srinagar towards Gulmarg on Saturday.

Deputy Director (Recreation), IdeelSaleem, Deputy Director (Registration), Ahsan-ul-haq Ch­ishti and Tourist Officer, Muda­sirMushtaq interacted with the participants before flagging them off to Gulmarg.

The group of participants drawn from various districts of J&K will undergo the 7- Day In­troductory Ski Course at Gulmarg during which the group will be introduced to the basics of Skiing. All the lodging & boarding and the Ski equipment is being provided free of cost by the Tourism De­partment. A four member Ski In­structors team is imparting Skiing training to these beginners.

The Directorate of Tourism, Kashmir had drawn a weekly cal­endar for imparting skiing training to as many as 6 groups this season. Among these 6 groups, two were exclusively meant for girls.

The first five batches with twen­ty participants in each group com­pleted their Introductory Ski Course on 31 Dec, 2020, 13 Jan, 20 Jan, 27 Jan and 6 Feb, 2021. This winter season, boys and girls from other States /UTs including Kerala, West Bengal, Haryana, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Punjab, New Delhi and Ladakh also participated as part of the Adventure Tourism promo­tional initiatives by the J&K Tourism Department and to give opportuni­ties to the youth in the snow sports arena. The boys and girl partici­pants expressed immense joy and thanked the Tourism Department for the unique learning and thrill­ing opportunity provided to them this winter season.

During the course of the Intro­ductory Ski training, three of the best among the trainees in each of the six groups will be selected and sponsored by the Directorate of Tourism, Kashmir for Interme­diate & Advance level courses.

Apart from the Tourism Depart­ment, hundreds of boys and girls are being imparted basic Ski train­ing this season by the Youth Servic­es & Sports Department. The Indian Institute of Skiing & Mountaineer­ing has also been conducting vari­ous Ski training courses at Gulmarg.

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