The Directorate of Tourism, Kashmir Friday started the introductory Ski Course for the 2nd batch of boys here at Gulmarg, following clearing of the weather after fresh spell of Snow fall.The second group of twenty young boys drawn from various districts of J&K will undergo the 7- Day Introductory Ski Course at Gulmarg, during which the group will be introduced to the basics of Skiing. All the lodging & boarding and the Ski equipment is being provided free of cost by the Tourism Department. A four member Ski Instructors team is imparting Skiing training to these beginners.The Directorate of Tourism, Kashmir has drawn a weekly calender for imparting skiing training to as many as 6 groups this season. Among these 6 groups, two are exclusively meant for outside J&K youth including one girls group. Another exclusive girls group will be from the UT.The first batch of twenty boys completed their Introductory Ski Course on 31 Dec, 2020. The boys while receiving the course certificates expressed immense joy and thanked the Tourism Department for the unique learning and thrilling opportunity.During the course of the Introductory Ski training, three of the best among the trainees in each of the six groups will be selected and sponsored by the Directorate of Tourism, Kashmir for Intermediate & Advance level courses.Apart from the Tourism Department, hundreds of boys and girls are being imparted basic Ski training this season by the Youth Services & Sports Department. The Indian Institute of Skiing & Mountaineering has also started various Ski training courses at Gulmarg.