Swiss Skier To Help Promote Heli Skiing In Gulmarg

18 July 2009
Etalaat News Service

Srinagar: With a view to boost adventure tourism and attract more overseas tourists, the government is seeking international expertise in taking up heli skiing in the State in a big way. Minister for Tourism, Nawang Rigzin Jora, along with Minister of State for Tourism, Nasir Aslam Wani, today held discussions with a renowned French heli skiing expert Sylvain Saudan. The meeting lasted almost an hour during which various issues pertaining to promotion of adventure sports were discussed. Director Tourism, Kashmir, Farooq Shah was also present. Born in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1936, Mr Saudan is a skier par excellence who has been cited by the Guinness Book of World Records three times for his ski descents on the most difficult routes where falling means death. Saudan was assured by the Ministers that all assistance will be provided to promote heli skiing in the State. His expertise would also be sought in promoting winter sports in various health resorts, especially at Gulmarg. Natural landscape make Gulmarg an ideal place for heli sking and the government is seriously considering to exploit its potential in adventure sports, as it will pave way for recognition of the famous health spot as an international ski resort. Saudan, besides arranging helicopter service, would also motivate and bring foreign skiers in large number to Valley.