Int’l Snowboarding Championship & Festival kicks off in Malam Jabba

The Pakistan International Snowboarding Championship and Festival has kicked off at the scenic Malam Jabba tourist-spot in Swat valley.

Over 44 national and international players, including four women players and enthusiasts of snowboarding-game from European countries, Belgium, Afghanistan and Pakistan are participating in the event.

TheKP Culture and Tourism Authority (KP-CTA) under the auspices of the Tourism, Sports, Archaeology, Culture, Museums and Youth Affairs Department and the Samson Group of Companies have jointly organized the event.

Besides snowboarding games, traditional foods and music festivals are also part of the gala to entertain the tourists and visitors.

As per details, men and women joint slalom and parallel joint slalom thrilling competitions will be held in which the players will exhibit their skills.

Music programme will also be organized in the evening to entertain the tourists and players.

The concluding ceremony of the event will be held on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Mahgul Kabir, a yoga trainer from Gilgit-Baltistan, also imparted yoga training to the participants at Malam Jabba.

Snowboarding is a recreational and competitive activity that involves descending a snow-covered slope while standing on a snowboard attached to a rider’s feet.

The game is so popular that it even features in the Winter Olympic Games and Winter Paralympic Games at the international level.

Malam Jabba is the only civil skiing resort in Pakistan at about 8,500 feet above sea level.

The KP province 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.

Because of these attractions, millions of people visit to experience the beauty it has to offer.

The organizers said that the snowboarding championship would send a positive message to the world that peace had been restored and tourism activities in full swing in Malakand and Hazara divisions and elsewhere in the province.

They said that strenuous efforts were being made to develop scenic spots and make facilities available there to attract domestic and foreign tourists to the province.

The championship is also aimed at bringing the serene spots, including Malam Jabba, Madyan, Bahrain and elsewhere in the valley, back to life and attracting tourists to these destinations.

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