SRINAGAR: In order to tap the winter potential of the Doodhpathri tourist resort, the department of tourism Kashmir Saturday organised ski and snowboarding event here in which scores of the players and tourists participated.
The ski and snowboarding event was held in the main bowl of the resort which has natural slopes for the beginners.
This is first time winter sports activities were held at Doodhpathri which also saw the participation of the locals and the tourists. Tourists Director Tourism Kashmir Mahmood A Shah said, like Gulmarg, Doodhpathri also receives good snowfall and has good slopes for beginners.
He said many youth from district Budgam visit Gulmarg to learn skiing which they can also do at Doodhpathri.
“The skiers go to Gulmarg, spend few days there and leave back to their respective countries. If we develop this resort for skiing also, they will extend their days in Kashmir and visit the resort for skiing which will add to their stays in Kashmir and bring further revenue to the locals,” said Director Tourism Kashmir. The department is also planning to construct drag lifts in future at the resort to utilize its winter sports potential in skiing and cross-country skiing.
The event was organized in collaboration with Doodhpathri Development Authority. CEO DDA Mohammad Farooq Dar was also present on the occasion.