Excelsior Sports Correspondent
Srinagar, Jan 17: Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering (IISM) Gulmarg celebrated World snow day with an aim to attract the youth to snow sports and reverse the decline of youth participation in snow sports.
A statement issued here said that the celebrating World snow day also gives an opportunity to the youth of remote areas to explore snow sports as well as attracts the new comers to join these sports. “This is the world’s biggest event over the snow where millions of ski lovers participate every year,” it said.
The statement said that IISM Gulmarg invited youth of the valley and other parts of the country and gave them an opportunity to participate in various snow sports free of cost. J&K Ski Federation lead by its secretary Yousef Mandoo, took an active part in the event. They brought 30 children from Central University of Kashmir who participated in the event at Gulmarg along with IISM, it said.
All stake holders including Gulmarg Tourism, Cable Car Corporation and Army took active part in the event and offered different services to the participants. JS Dhillon, the principal of IISM Gulmarg, welcomed all guests and participants and provided all administrative support to them free of cost.
“These types of events not only provide an opportunity to our youth to pursue snow sports but also go a long way to promote winter tourism. IISM Gulmarg celebrates this day every year and makes elaborate arrangements for the local youth to join this event. These types of events could be fully exploited by tourism department to attract tourists in the valley,” the statement issued said.