An international snowboarding competition that is reported to have attracted riders from the Netherlands and Afghanistan as well as Pakistan, was staged at Pakistan’s revitalised Malam Jabba ski area.
Organised by the Tourism Corporation Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Events and Samson Group, the event included giant slalom and parallel giant slalom events. There were a large number of spectators and local competitors are reported to have won most of the events. Fun competitions involving children were very popular with the spectators.
Malam Jabba is the only public skiing resort in Pakistan and located in the picturesque Swat valley at about 8,500 feet above the sea level. The ski resort was established with support from the Austrian government and ski companies in 1990s but was largely destroyed by the Taliban in the early 2000s. It has subsequently been rebuilt.
The Provincial Government has taken steps that led to promotion of tourism, sport and preserving the rich heritage, cultural and archaeology sites in the province. Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has abundant natural beauty of lush green valleys, snow-capped mountains, deserts, rivers, landscapes, rich cultural and traditional heritage and history, springs, streams and serene spots.
With reporting by SnowHunter.com