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Gulmarg’s last skiing course for the season

Courtesy –  etala’at
Gulmarg, March 31:The snow ski course organized by the Directorate of Physical Education and Sports, University of Kashmir was concluded today at world famous ski resort of Gulmarg.

Thirty students from various colleges and post-graduate departments of the Kashmir University took part in basic, intermediate and advance skiing courses.

The 11 day long course of skiing started on March 20th and was the last regular ski course at Gulmarg.

The preliminary training was imparted to the participants on beginner slopes at Gulmarg and the advanced skills were taught to the students on higher slopes at Kongdori with high degree of difficulty. The students zoomed down all difficult ski runs including the challenging Death Valley.

One of the coaches said that he alongwith the students tried to locate the Norwegian female skier who was lost in Kongdori area a few months back, but could not find any clue there.

At the end of the course the skill test was conducted which was followed by Annual Inter-College Ski Championship.

At the end of the course, the Annual Inter-College Ski Championship for Boys was held at Kongdori, Gulmarg.

The University is planning to hold the first-ever Adventure Expo in which the exhibition of different adventure sports including summer skiing, snowboarding, trekking, rock climbing, abseiling, Tyrolean Traverse, mountain biking, motor sports, river rafting, zorbing and aero sports will be held during summer, in order to promote Sonamarg as adventure destination this year. “More than 200 boys and girls of different colleges and post-graduate departments of Kashmir valley are likely to take part in the event”

Gulmarg gears up for Vth National Winter Games

(from a write up by Mukesh Thapliyal -newstrackindia)

The picturesque surroundings of Gulmarg is alluring the snow dare-devils of the country in one of the heavenly places of this earth which is gearing up to the hilt for the fifth edition of the National Winter Games that is scheduled to be held at Gulmarg from February 18 to 22.

According to Winter Games Fedetion of India (WGFI) Secretary RK Gupta, a total of 11 States and union territories have confirmed their entries for the upcoming Games to be hosted by the Tourism Department of Jammu and Kashmir under the aegis of Indian Olympic Association (IOA).

The five-day event will also witness the participation of the teams, of armed forces who had played a pivotal role in taking this sport to new horizons, Indian Army, Indian Air Force, Indian Navy, Border Security Force and Indo-Tibetan Border Police.

The event will also give a fair idea to WGFI to review the strengths and weakness of their athletes for the next Olympic Winter Games, which is to be held in Vancouver (Canada) in 2010.

The Indian skiers will also get the much-needed practice for the 2010 Vancouver Games since they will be having one more competition lining up for them prior to the mega-event as India is organising the South Asian Federation (SAF) Games in 2009 that is be going to held at Auli in Uttarakhand.

WGFI President, SS Pangtey, exudes huge confidence over his players as far as SAF Games are concerned. “India will brush away all the medals that will be at stake since we are much ahead form the other countries of the South Asian region,” acclaimed Pangtey.

The various states and union territories, which will be taking part in the event, include Andhra Pradesh, Chandigarh, Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttarakhand and host Jammu and Kashmir. The technical aspect of the games will be handled by WGFI itself.

The participants will be competing in six disciplines including alpine ski, cross country ski, ice-skating, ice hockey, snowboarding and biathlon, which involves two disciplines first a one kilometer round from the athletes in the snow with their skis on immediately followed by a target shooting competition, at the Games.

‘Kashmir Snow Festival’ – December 24, 2008

Jammu and Kashmir Tourism department is organizing ‘Kashmir Snow Festival’ at Gulmarg from December 24 (to Dec 29) with the view to promote the state as an adventure tourism hub, particularly for the period of the winter season, by hosting a series of adventure sports.

Also, an international skiing petrol team is being put in place on the ski slopes of Gulmarg, in order to make the skiing more safe and professional. “The team would contain experts from Australia, New Zealand and America, whose expertise would be used in rescue operations and avalanche control”