Adventure tour operators issue advisories for skiers

Adventure tour operators issue advisories for skiers

Two Valley-based adventure tour operators associations have jointly issued some advisories for the skiers suggesting them for skiing in the identified zones only till there is sufficient snow for backcountry and extreme skiing.  

 

In a joint statement the Adventure Tour Operators Association of Kashmir (ATOAK) and J&K Ski and Mountaineering Association (JKSMA) said the snow received early November in at Gulmarg had got frozen due to terrible cold in the area. 

 

“The fresh snow which covered the earlier frozen snow has become loose and is triggering frequent avalanches in the area,” they said.

 

They suggest that the skiers should go for skiing in the identified zones only till there is sufficient snow for backcountry and extreme skiing.   

 

The association said the Tourism department and J&K State Cable Car Corporation have identified the safe zones for the advance skiers and engaged highly trained ski patrolling team to monitor the safe operation of skiing in the area as per European standards. 

 

The ATOAK and the JKSMA have also expressed anguish over the accidental death of a skier Bashir Ahmad Bakshi at Apharwat area of Gulmarg on Wednesday. 

 

The statement said many tourists and local skiers undertake a day long or more longer backcountry skiing in the higher reaches of Gulmarg.

 

“Appreciably the tourism department and cable car corporation have identified safe zones for the skiers but those who ignored the instructions in the past have faced such mishaps,” they said.