The events being organised include snow sledging, snow man making and 10-km cross-country

The first-ever Winter Games organised by the Jammu and Kashmir Sports Council commenced at village Singhpora in Kishtwar district on Sunday.

Additional District Development Commissioner Mohd Hanieef Malik inaugurated the meet by flagging off events of cross country race and snow sledging.

The event will include activities like snow sledging, snow man making and cross country of 10 km.

About 40 participants took part in snow sledging on the snow plateau near Singhpora and Malikpoora villages of Chattroo and 48 athletes took part in a 10-km cross country on Sunday whereas over 50 participants will be taking part in snow man making competition on Monday.

The winter games in Kishtwar are seen as an activity which can result in the creation of a new era of opportunities in business and tourism.

The events are likely to attract sportspersons from within the Union Territory and outside to Kishtwar which can emerge as a winter sports destination.