Really really cant tell you how much we enjoyed it all…loved every minute of it…the Alps will never be the same again…
Skiing in Gulmarg – a wonderful combination of incredible powder skiing and the unique culture of India – one of the world’s greatest adventure skiing experiences!
Gulmarg is a small isolated hill-village situated in the northern Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir at the western extremity of the Himalayas in a subsidiary range called the Pir Panjals. It is 35 miles from Srinagar, the state capital.
Due to its geographic location Gulmarg gets some of the heaviest snowfalls in the Himalayas and it has earned the distinction of being the best ski resort in the Himalayas. Skiing was first introduced to Gulmarg by two British Army officers who established the first ski club in 1927 although it wasn’t until 9-10 years ago when Gulmarg’s name really first started to appear on the cognoscenti’s hotlist!
The village itself sits in gently undulating meadows high above the Kashmiri plateau at about 2,700m.
The area is close to the disputed Pakistan-India border and there is no escape from the huge military presence in the resort and the surrounding area. However any initial unease you may feel is quickly eroded as you discover that the locals are all extremely friendly and welcoming.
Find out where Gulmarg is by clicking on an interactive map of the region (Courtesy of Yahoo! Travel)
Warren Miller also visited Gulmarg in 2008 – check out his excellent film on youtube.com - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_p_YXMBUeV4
Don’t just take our word for it! Read Tom Robbin’s report of his January 2010 trip with Mountain Tracks (published in travel section of The Observer Newspaper on Sunday 31 January 2010): The Call of Kashmir