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Samsons Group of Companies has taken over the Malam Jabba Ski Resort & Hotel project with the vision to revive tourism and winter sport activities in Swat and to develop the first world class ski resort in Pakistan. Malam Jabba is located at a height of 8700 feet and is famous for its lush green forest and serene environment. The site is around 40km away from the district headquarter, Mingora. Despite being blessed with a natural landscape and snowy winter season, winter sports in Pakistan have never been popular, largely due to unavailability of a comprehensive winter sports facility

The five- star hotel will include 112 rooms with multiple restaurant facilities, cafes, banquet halls, conference hall facilities, and temperature controlled swimming pool, spa and fitness centers. Roof top restaurants and penthouse suites offer a beautiful view of the picturesque mountains in a luxurious setting.

The resort will offer a mix of summer and winter sports and recreational activities including: Chairlift, ice skating, skiing, mini-golf course, horse riding, archery, paragliding, snow tubing, zip line and snow-mobiling. All necessary equipment is available on site for the convenience of tourists. Currently installed chairlift by Samsons Group of Companies, has 103 chairs and can carry 206 people at a time.
 

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Pakistan's only ski school is back in business, in the 'Switzerland of Pakistan'
PRI's The World
February 13, 2015 · 4:00 PM EST
Aaron Schachter
https://www.pri.org/stories/2015-02-13/pakistans-only-ski-school-back-business-switzerland-pakistan



No longer big news here. Just, "oh ... that again." I'm taking a few days off, and I'm already scoping out the best woods to find some trails to ski on. Pakistan has some of the most famous mountains in the world - the Himalayas, the Hindu Kush, Karakorum. They are mostly untapped for skiing. Few in Pakistan have ever heard of the sport. And even if there was interest, there's very little infrastructure - to get people to, or up, the mountains. A few years ago, our BBC colleague Rebecca Kesby reported on a man in Pakistan's Swat Valley named Matee Ullah Khan.

He was trying on his own to jump-start skiing as a way to capitalize on the stunning winter scenery, at a place that is Pakistan's premier resort in the summer. Khan learned to ski as part of his survival training for the Pakistani Air Force. He loved it. The Malam Jabba Ski resort, in the Karakoram mountains, is Pakistan's only ski area. The Malam Jabba Ski resort, in the Karakoram mountains, is Pakistan's only ski area. "It keeps you alive, especially the spring skiing. The ice crystal is on the upper portion of the snow. And when you are breaking that crystal, that ice, it produces a very good sound and you feel it down your skis. It's very good. We say that having one run on this spring skiing, it make you younger for one year," Khan said.

And it is a great sound, isn't it? Khan wanted to impart his excitement for the sport to the next generation. And for a while the skiing in Swat was okay. But then in 2007 the Taliban swooped in and destroyed what little Khan had put together — the grooming equipment, the donated chair lift, the small lodge. "For me, it was very shocking," Khan said. "I was personally very upset because skiing, I love it. We love our area, but at that time it was not possible to live peacefully and do our activities." The downhilling stopped. But after the fighting died down, Khan tried to start things up again ... with just 15 pairs of skis and a few pairs of poles at his ski school. Some kids just strapped on narrow planks with boots nailed to them.

After Kesby's story aired, the BBC was inundated with calls from all over the world from people wanting to donate equipment. Kesby said there was one guy from Switzerland, Marc Freudweiler, who was the rainmaker — or snowmaker as it were. "His wife is Pakistani and he wouldn't give up, he was totally intrepid about it. And he's managed now to send more than a ton of equipment — it arrived about a week ago — and the kids are now able to ski properly on proper equipment," Kesby said. "They still need a ski lift and some more snow preparation equipment. Ironically, it is called 'the Switzerland of Pakistan' so it's quite apt that it's Swiss people who are trying to help along with other people."

"But of course it's still a very difficult situation security-wise," Kesby continued. "There was just an attack in Peshawar, just a few hours ago, so that's obviously at the time of everyone's mind. So — still a little dicey, but some day maybe I'll take a few runs in the Switzerland of Pakistan.
 

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Luxury hotels, ski resort to be built at Malam Jabba
Bureau Report
September 06, 2014
https://www.dawn.com/news/1130242/luxury-hotels-ski-resort-to-be-built-at-malam-jabba

PESHAWAR: The Tourism Corporation Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has leased a piece of land to a firm for construction of five and three star hotels and a skiing resort at Malam Jabba to boost tourism in the area. In 2008, a hotel and skiing resort was burnt down by militants at Malam Jabba.

An MoU signing ceremony was held at the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa House in Islamabad, according to a press release issued here on Friday. Chief Minister Pervez Khattak, advisor to CM on tourism Amjad Afridi, secretary tourism Mohammad Azam Khan, Board of Investment and Trade vice chairman Mohsin Aziz, TCKP managing director Mushtaq Ahmad Khan, and representatives of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa based Samson Groups of Companies were in attendance. The lease has been given for a period of 33 years and extendable for another 20 years.

The news release said that TCKP offered five acres of land for construction of two hotels to cater to the needs of tourists of different income groups, whereas huge surrounding area of 270-acres of land was leased for establishment of a skiing resort. According to the lease agreement, the lessee would construct a five-star hotel comprising 60 rooms, besides a three-star hotel with 20-30 rooms having facilities like health club and conference and symposium halls.

The firm would develop ski resort with all allied facilities and develop a dual purpose chairlift for serving skiers and general tourists during winter as well as in summer. The lease amount would be Rs12 million per annum, which will be enhanced at rate of 10 per cent each year during the initial lease period of 33 years. The first two years, construction phase, would be treated as ‘grace period’ with no lease amount to be charged.

Thereafter, one year lease amount would be paid in advance by the lessee on signing of lease agreement that could be forfeited if start of the project didn’t take place as per schedule. The work on construction of a three-star hotel is expected to start this month.
 

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Malam Jabba ski resort is currently partially functional. The main hotel resort complex will open in 2019.

Two 800 meter ski runs (reopened)
4 chairlifts (rebuilt)
60 room five-star hotel (under construction)
25 room three-star hotel (under construction)
Ice skating rink (under construction)
Ghorband Valley trekking/cross country trail (open)
Sabonev Valley trekking/cross country trail (open)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malam_Jabba_ski_resort
 

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Okay so it's samson group who is reconstructing it not Hashoo.
Yes...it was signed way back in 2014. Hashoo I think pulled out.

I'm just happy that hotel is rebuilt. So depressing when those lunatics blew it up.
 

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Malam Jabba ski resort is currently partially functional. The main hotel resort complex will open in 2019.

Two 800 meter ski runs (reopened)
4 chairlifts (rebuilt)
60 room five-star hotel (under construction)
25 room three-star hotel (under construction)
Ice skating rink (under construction)
Ghorband Valley trekking/cross country trail (open)
Sabonev Valley trekking/cross country trail (open)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malam_Jabba_ski_resort
According to samson's website the 5 star hotel will have 112 rooms

The five- star hotel will include 112 rooms with multiple restaurant facilities, cafes, banquet halls, conference hall facilities, and temperature controlled swimming pool, spa and fitness centers. Roof top restaurants and penthouse suites offer a beautiful view of the picturesque mountains in a luxurious setting.

http://www.samsonsgroupco.com/samsons-hotels/
 

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Malam Jabba resort to reopen soon

https://tribune.com.pk/story/1600983/1-malam-jabba-resort-reopen-soon/



Destroyed during the height of militant power in the scenic Swat valley, construction of the Malam Jabba ski resort is in the final stages.

While the provincial Tourism, Sports, Archeology, Museums, Culture and Youth Affairs Department had reopened the chairlift and skiing track at the “mini-Switzerland” resort for the tourists, the main resort building was still closed.

According to an official statement, the 90-room hotel will soon reopen after restoration work is complete.
When tourism-related projects were handed over to the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) government following the 18th constitutional amendment, the provincial government started construction on the skiing track and chairlift for tourists on 12 acres of land near the old PTDC Motel.

In a statement issued on Thursday, the tourism department said that 257 acres of forests near the chairlift and skiing track would be developed for use by the tourists.

Moreover, the project includes three state-of-the-art picnic spots in Malam Jabba, a hotel, parks, mosque, and rest areas, rain shelters, public washrooms, tea, coffee and tuck shops.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 5th, 2018.
 

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Pearl-Continental flag to fly atop Malam Jabba





islamabad (PR) - Hashoo Group announced the signing of a management contract between its subsidiary Pakistan Services Limited and Samsons Group of Companies (PVT) Limited, which brings the Pearl-Continental Hotels & Resorts brand to Malam Jabba’s Ski Resort.

Murtaza Hashwani, CEO & Deputy Chairman of Hashoo Group, added, “We are pleased to partner with Samsons Group to revive one of Pakistan’s top tourist destinations. Today marks an important milestone as we expand our hotels to more of the top destinations in the country over the next few years. We look forward to welcoming guests to Pear-Continental Malam Jabba Hotel and Ski Resort soon.”

Waseem Ur Rahman, CEO Samson Group of Companies, said, “We envision a ski resort full of thousands of smiling faces - kids, teenagers, parents, the whole family gathered together and enjoying activities together, such as skiing, snowboarding and snow tubing in the winter and hiking, horse-riding, and zip-lining in the summer. Families will have wonderful experiences and will build great memories at the Pearl-Continental Malam Jabba Hotel and Ski Resort.”

https://nation.com.pk/30-Mar-2018/pearl-continental-flag-to-fly-atop-malam-jabba
 
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