Ganderbal: The inaugural Ice Skating camp at Sonamarg, initiated on December 24, 2023, marked its successful conclusion on Saturday.
Organized by the District Administration Ganderbal in collaboration with local stakeholders, the event witnessed the participation of approximately 20 local boys who received expert training from Mohd Ashraf Dijoo of the Ice Skating Association of Jammu and Kashmir.
The collaboration with local hoteliers played a pivotal role in facilitating the camp, with support from the Youth Services and Sports Department, Education, Tourism, and the Sonamarg Development Authority (SDA).
At the closing ceremony, a prize distribution ceremony celebrated the achievements of the participants, who were honored with medals and certificates.
Notably, a contingent of national-level ice skaters joined to inspire and encourage the budding enthusiasts.
The diverse audience, comprising stakeholders, tourists, and locals, expressed their appreciation for the event, advocating for its continuity as a regular feature in Sonamarg.
This positive sentiment aligns with the collective belief that such events contribute significantly to the destination’s appeal.
Chief Executive Officer of SDA commended the efforts of officers and stakeholders, expressing gratitude and acknowledging their crucial role in making the event a success. He emphasized that such initiatives would undoubtedly contribute to enhancing tourism in Sonamarg.
The success of the first-ever Ice Skating camp in Sonamarg not only reflects the dedication of participants and organizers but also highlights the potential for future events to elevate the region’s profile as a thriving winter sports destination.