MUZAFFARABAD: A snow sports festival was held in Neelum Valley on Sunday, featuring skiing contests between participants from three age groups. Besides skiing, the athletes also competed in snowboarding and ice skating in Arang Kel, a tourist spot located on the hilltop above Kel at an altitude of 8,379ft, said Azad Jammu and Kashmir Winter Sports Association (AJKWSA) Secretary Aqeel Khurshid.

The breathtakingly beautiful Arang Kel is accessible by a two kilometre trek from Kel, located some 165km northeast of Muzaffarabad. Speaking to Dawn, Mr Khurshid said athletes under 10, under 14 and under 16 participated in skiing competitions on Sunday.