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Ski Federation of Pakistan

 
INTRODUCTION  

Skiing is Pakistan has been in vogue for a very long time. Local residents of snowy mountainous terrain of northern parts of Pakistan used improvised wooden skies to commute in winters.
PAF formally pioneered skiing, by intruding this sport as part of the snow survival training for its aircrew. PAF also offered this facility to Government Departments, Pak Army, civilians and students at its Ski School at Naltar.

 
   
BACKGROUND  

In December 1990 the formation of the Ski Federation of Pakistan was the first modest step towards promotion of skiing in the country. With Chief of the Air Staff, PAF as its Patron in Chief and the Vice Chief of Air Staff as the President, the Federation has at present 17 member Associations. As the sport gained popularity, the Government of Pakistan created an additional venue at Malam Jabba as a Ski resort. The sport is now accessible on a countrywide basis as training and participation for competitive skiing is offered to all.

Today there are several hundred ski enthusiasts spread all over the country. National Championships are held annually and Pakistani skiers have also represented the country in international competitions.
In 2005 skiers of Pakistan have represented the country in five international competitions at Romania, Italy, China, Turkey and Iran.
The goal of Ski Federation of Pakistan is to promote winter sports particularly skiing in Pakistan. This would be achieved by encouraging the youth of Pakistan to participate in this healthy outdoor activity. The objective is to furnish them with an outlet to nurture and fine-tune their physical skills and mental coordination and at the same time provide them with the thrill of speed, excitement and adventure.

 
   
AIMS & OBJECTIVES  

Skiing is rapidly gaining popularity. Federation hopes to achieve its goal of producing skiers of international repute in the near future. The specific aims & objectives of the federation are as follows:

  • To encourage, promote and assist in the development of winter sports in Pakistan.
  • To maintain overall control of the sport in Pakistan in accordance with international rules.
  • To organize and control national and international skiing tournaments in the country and to coordinate skiing acitvites.
  • To arrange systematic training of skiers and their coaching.
  • To promote, control & finance visits by national teams abroad and to arrange visits of foreign teams to Pakistan.
 
   
         
 
   
ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE  
The Ski Federation of Pakistan is an elected body with a defined constitution. The Chief of the Air Staff Pakistan Air Force is the Patron in Chief. The affairs are directed and supervised by its President, two Vice Presidents, a Secretary and a Treasurer. Member Associations and Organizations include the four Provinces, Federal Capital, the three Defence Forces, Northern Areas, HEC, Adventure Foundation of Pakistan, PTCL, Citi Bank, CAA, ABN AMRO Bank, PTDC and Alpine Club of Pakistan.
 
   
AFFILIATION  

The Federation is affiliated with the Pakistan Olympic Association (POA) and is a member of its executive council. It is also a recognized body with the Pakistan Sports Board (PSB).
Internationally, it is affiliated with the International Ski Federation (FIS) and the Asian Ski Federation (ASF). Through these organizations the SFP is linked to the national federations and ski clubs of all member countries.
Ski Federation of Pakistan has so far arranged thirteen National Ski Championships. In 13th National Ski Championship, 12 teams from different associations participated. So far Pakistan Air Force has won eight Championships with Army winning five National Ski Championships.

Pakistan ski teams have represented the country in the 3rd and 4th Asian Winter Games in Harbin, China and Kangwon, Korea in 1996 and 1999 respectively. The children's team, which represented Pakistan in the 2nd Children's Ski Competition held in Iran in February 1998, managed to secure the coveted 3rd position. Pakistan was also represented by a female skier Miss Anmaar Habib at Aomori Japan, at the 12th Asian Children Alpine Ski Championship.

 
   
CURRENT STATUS:  
Winter sports are getting popular day by day and the number of new members is increasing, many new skiing venues are being added and more are under development.

Currently the Ski Federation of Pakistan is organizing, conducting and offering ski courses in winter for beginners besides holding the annual National Ski Championships.
The importance of the sport can be judged from the fact that the 3rd National Ski Championship was graced by the Prime Minister of Pakistan as its chief guest in February 1993. Many organizations and individuals are taking keen interest in skiing by participating in various ski tournaments in country and abroad.
Ski Federation of Pakistan shall continue to field national teams in competitions abroad and groom skiers to take part in ski championships and other skiing events that may be held in Naltar, Malam Jabba, Nathia Gali and other places. Ski Federation of Pakistan also sponsors trips of deserving skiers to foreign countries to enable them to take part in the skiing events.
 
   
DISCIPLINES  

At present, only Alpine Skiing facilities are available in the country. These include Slalom, Giant Slalom, Super G and Down Hill skiing. Subsequently the disciplines will gradually be expanded to include the entire range of winter sports. The possibility of initiating the novel sport of grass skiing is also being actively explored. Similarly Snow Boarding is also gaining popularity in the country.

 
   
BASIC SKIING  

Skiing is an exciting sport, not only for those who practice it, but also for the spectators. This is a sport that not only fine tune physical skills and mental coordination, but also provides the thrill of speed, excitement and adventure. Besides these, skiing also provides an opportunity to a skier to break the monotony of extremely busy mechanized urban life, and be close to nature and away from polluted atmosphere.

Skiing can broadly be categorized in two types namely ALPINE SKIING and NORDIC SKIING. Simply stated, ALPINE SKIING means down hill skiing and NORDIC SKIING means cross-country skiing. Both types of skiing are common in the world.
The ski used for NORDIC SKIING are slender, lighter with upturned tips and detachable heels. Their soles are designed in such a way that they permit forward movement only.

ALPINE SKIING has further subcategories. The competitions that we most commonly see on the television are in the field of ALPINE SKIING. The most popular event in which competitions are held are Downhill, Slalom and Giant Slalom. In all these events, the competitor's ability to cover the distance on a set course from start to finish in minimum time is adjudged.
The three events require different techniques and differ from each other in the type of gates, which are put on track. SLALOM gates are set with the help of poles carrying single triangular or rectangular flags of different colors. The course of GIANT SLALOM is set with two poles having rectangular flag opposite to two similar poles to form one gate. In DOWNHILL there are minimum gates just to ensure that the skier follows a predetermined course and to ensure his safety and also to judge his ability to take turns at high speeds.

 
   
FEDERATION MEMBERSHIP  
Members of SFP reflect the entire national spectrum with representation from Ski Associations of all the four Provinces plus Federal Territory and the three Armed Forces. In addition, the HEC, autonomous bodies, sporting / adventure clubs and many private companies also enjoy membership.
There are two types of memberships; their present annual subscriptions are as follows:

* Full Membership                                        Rs. 2500.00
* Affiliate Membership                                 Rs. 2000.00
 
   
WHERE TO SKI
 

There are a number of areas in Northern Pakistan in the high mountain ranges ideal for skiing especially in Kaghan, Gilgit and Swat.
There are few novice and nursery level ski slopes available at Malam Jabba, Ayubia, and Murree hills. Skiing in the northern areas is restricted to the defense forces with limited access to civilians. Commercial skiing facility has recently been opened at Malam Jabba, Swat.
The interest in the sport of skiing remains at the volunteer level primarily undertaken by the armed forces and Adventure Foundation (Pakistan).
There is a need to develop more suitable areas and facilities for down hill and cross country skiing, which should offer low cost skiing. This would help in developing this important segment of mountain sports for the adventure seekers from home and abroad.

Naltar, located further north of Gilgit in Karakoram Range, is the oldest ski resort of Pakistan at 10,500 feet with two ski lifts and is looked after by PAF.
Kalabagh, located at an elevation of about 8,500 feet in the Muree Hills and caters for basic skiing. It is ideal for learning the basics of skiing.
Malam Jabba, is the fairytale land of romance and beauty which offers unlimited sights that the eye can behold. It is surrounded by mighty ranges of Hindu Kush, the Karakoram and Himalayas. It is located at a distance of 50 Kilometers north of Saidu Sharif. Providing a wonderful panorama of scenic splendor and mighty mountains, Malam Jabba is much more than just a ski resort. It is a holiday resort that holds great fascination for tourists and is also home to the remains of an ancient civilization. Malam Jabba ski resort is 314 km from Islamabad. Driving time averages 6 hours. There is an air strip at Saidu Sharif and a helipad at the resort. The resort has a base height of 2896 meters and can be reached by a good road. The ski area has an ascent of 200m up to 3096 meters served by Doppelmayr chair lifts.

 
   
WHAT THE FEDERATION OFFERS  

The federation offers the following facilities to the new entrants:

  • Free consultations
  • Free coaching
  • Free use of equipment and ski lift
  • Lodging facilities at subsidized rates (subject to availability).