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Second annual snow sports festival concludes — 1 Comment

  1. Congratulations to Hindukush Snow Sports Club and Malashti youngsters for a successful Snow Festival in Madaklasht, Chitral, KPK. We are thankful to Shahzada Hisham Ul Mulk for getting a keen interest in snow sport in Madaklasht and providing equipment. Malashti have been playing this game for about more than a century. They learned skiing and snowboarding from British army officers in their camp in Baiband. I remember Syed Noori Baba who was a famous skier of his time and he used to teach the youngster of the village how to ski like a professional. Ghulam Hussain Baba was one of the best snowboarders of his time. We will never forget Mirza Wali Khan who used to ski on very steep sloops. In the mid-eighties, one of Chitral Scout Officer with a couple of soldiers came to Madaklasht to learn skiing from Malashti. Noor Haider Khan was their instructor. The government did not pay attention to this unique game in Madaklasht because of its remoteness from Chitral town. I appreciate the present government, Especially Mr. Wazir Zada for choosing village Madaklasht as a tourist spot. Yes, Madaklasht has unique people with unique language and culture. I hope the government will promote this event in Madaklasht in the future as well. The geography and winter of Madaklasht is suitable for snow sports. Madaklashti youngsters have the talent to participate in Winter Olympics, however are lacking the proper training and practices.

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