ISLAMABAD - Pakistan Air Force (PAF) won the Inter-Services and National Ski Championship 2016 while Army won the Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Ski Championship and Shah Khan Ski Cup.

The closing ceremony of 24th National Ski Championship, 10th Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Ski Championship, 4th Inter Services Ski Championship, Shah Khan Ski Cup and 1st Karakoram Alpine Ski Cup events was held at PAF Ski resort, Naltar on Wednesday.

Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, PAF Chief of the Air Staff, who is also patron of Ski Federation of Pakistan (SFP), was the chief guest at the occasion while SFP president Air Marshal Saeed M Khan, Vice Chief of the Air Staff, Principal Staff Officers of Pakistan Air Force and Commander FCNA were also present there. It was a historic occasion as the skiers from Turkey also participated in the CAS Karakoram Alpine Ski Cup for the first time.

Speaking at the occasion, the Air Chief said: “PAF is making all-out efforts for the sound training of Pakistani skiers and the SFP has engaged an international coach for quality training of national skiers. It’s a matter of tremendous pride that our athletes represented the country in various international competitions and won laurels in return.”

He said the installation of chairlift and the procurement of snow grooming machine were major steps taken by the SFP towards achieving the international levels for the ski slope thus making it possible to hold international competitions at Naltar. The Air Chief also announced to make Naltar Ski slope open to public and reiterated his resolve to promote skiing in the country.

Talking about the infrastructure development of this area, the Air Chief said: “PAF has been making all possible endeavours for the development of Naltar valley through construction of essential infrastructure, regular tree plantation campaigns and socio-economic initiatives. PAF established science and computer labs at local schools and conducted professional development courses for local teachers.

“We have also envisaged a new skill development plan by starting vocational training for the students of this area which would later on be extended to other areas of Gilgit-Baltistan,” he concluded.