SRINAGAR: Tourism Minister Tassaduq Mufti and the Department of Tourism have expressed grief over the demise of skier who came under an avalanche at Shinmai bowl in the upper reaches of Gulmarg.
Mufti expressed grief over the skier’s death and conveyed his condolences to the bereaved family.
In an official statement issued here, the department said that the skier identified as Stanislav from Russia was part of a group that ventured into an area despite avalanche advisories.
The group of five skiers moved to Shinmai bowl despite strict instructions by the department about the avalanche prone zones, the statement said.
Out of five, ski patrol team rescued four from the avalanche. Stanislav’s body was also brought down and is undergoing postmortem at district hospital.
The Russian group boarded the Gondola at around 11:30 am Friday and came under avalanche at 12 noon. The group had arrived at Delhi on 13 Feb and moved to Gulmarg on 14 February, 2018.
The department said skiers had also signed an indemnity bond that they would not go into back country where avalanches occur on regular basis. However, the group still ventured into the area resulting in the tragic death of the skier.
To make the skiers aware about the avalanche prone areas, the department is organising Awareness Talk every Tuesday at 7 pm in which snow safety officer of the department Brian Newman provides them every information about the risks involved in certain areas. The awareness program receives good participation of the skiers especially foreigners, the department said.
In order to propagate avalanche awareness, the department also puts Avalanche Talk live on its Facebook page. Besides, the department has also erected sign boards at different places at upper reaches of Gulmarg informing the skiers about the avalanche areas.