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Foreigners throng Gulmarg for skiing at high altitude

india Updated: Jan 28, 2013 16:58 IST

Skiers from Australia and England thronged the ski resort here in Baramula district of Jammu and Kashmir to experience 12000 vertical metres of skiing.

Foreign tourists were thrilled with their skiing experience, as the snow-capped mountains and lush beautiful valley filled them with joy.

"We are happy to get two days snowfall and I think like for months we can enjoy the mountains and snowboarding. I am a beginner, so, for me it's really difficult to go to the top but it is a good thing here in Gulmarg, you have the layers for different kind of snow-boarders and skiers," said Sarah, a skier from Australia.

"Gulmarg is quite amazing for us because of its high altitude and much steep terrain. We generally not get so much powder in Australia," said Shetter, another skier from England.

Mehmood Ahmad Shah, chief executive officer of the Gulmarg Development Authority, said that they were expecting a good number of foreign skiers as they are going to start Heli-skiing.

"They like to come more to Gulmarg as they easily get the powder. We are expecting good number of foreign skiers this year also, as the town witnessed fresh snowfall in the last two days. We are also starting Heli-skiing, which will also attract large number of tourists," said Shah.

Jammu and Kashmir, especially Gulmarg is a well-known tourist destination for winter activities such as snow boarding, skating, sledge rides, gondola jaunts, cable car rides and snow skiing across the world.