The winter sports event organised by Department of Tourism started at Gulmarg with the Snow Shoe run and skiing on Sunday.
The spokesman said Director Tourism Kashmir Mahmood A Shah flagged off the run near ski shop in Gulmarg and the athletes ran 7km on the beaten track.
The event was organised by Snowshoe Federation of India in collaboration with J&K Tourism. Thirty-two athletes took part in snowshoe running that involved total of 7 kilometres snowshoeing.
Director Tourism also flagged off skiing at the slopes marking the beginning of the winter sports in Gulmarg. A large number of locals and tourists had turned up at Gulmarg to witness snow capped meadows and to enjoy skiing.
He said the department is organizing more activities including snowboarding, ice-staking, heli-skiing besides musical events during winter months to attract tourists.
The spokesman quoted the Director saying “We are not only promoting Gulmarg but also Pahalgam as a winter sports destination where winter sports activities like skiing and ice-climbing from December 31, have been planned.”