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Athletes in action during SWnowShoe event at Gulmarg. Pic KSW

Srinagar: As part of the new-year celebrations at ski resort of the Gulmarg, Director Tourism Kashmir Nisar Ahmad Wani flagged off SnowShoe race on Tuesday in which Muzamil Mir cruised to victory.

Directorate of Tourism Kashmir organized multiple events at Gulmarg on Tuesday as part of the new-year festival. The SnowShoe race in which top athletes from Kashmir valley participated was flagged by Director Tourism Kashmir Nisar Ahmad in presence of Assistant Director Tourism Gulmarg Nasir Mehmood, SnowShoe Federation of India Executive member Tariq Zargar, Shabir Ahmed and various other skiers and adventure sports persons.

In a tight photo finish, Muzamil Hussain Mir finished first while as Suhail Nisar Shah finished second. Ifshan Ahmed finished third.

Director Tourism Kashmir during SnowShoe race at Gulmarg. Pic KSW

Terming it a great new activity Director Tourism said that there is a need to promote SnowShoe as regular activity and sports activity in a big way.

“I am happy to see such a new activity being held in Kashmir. It is great thing to do and it will turn out as major tourist attraction in coming years. Tourism department will be readily available to promote this activity in a big way and will surely conduct many more activity of SnowShoe,” Director Tourism said.

On being informed that SnowShoe activity has been a regular feature in Gulmarg, he said, “ I am happy to learn that and I will be happier to see this activity turning into a major activity across whole Kashmir valley. It has potential to be promoted as major activity in all the major tourists’ destinations during winter. We can’t promote skiing at all the places due to limited infrastructure availability but SnowShoe has no such limitations”.

Assistant Director Tourism Nasir Mehmood said that as part of new-year festival our department conducted SnowShoe race, skiing, atv race, sledge races and the activities will continue for two days.

Later Director Tourism distributed prizes among the first three position holders at Gulmarg Golf Club.