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Gulmarg

Gulmarg3.5/512
Gulmarg3.5 out of 5 based on 12 reviews
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Gulmarg - Reviews

Gulmarg - Reviews

Weird/Great Place

Tim14/04/2019
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  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    51-70
  • Month Visited:
    February

Weird/Great Place

Tim14/04/2019
What a trip (in both senses of the word)!

The snow was really good. Not like the champagne powder of Fernie or Asahidake but still great. What really makes it, is that there's no one there. We went in late feb 2019 and there were probably about 120 people on the entire mountain. That meant that even four days after the last dump we still got fresh tracks.

Some things to remember:
* Kashmir is not the Alps
- no mobile signal
- no pistes
- very limited apres
- 1 ski shop (sort of)
- no medical facilities
- 1 cash machine
* Kashmir is not the Alps
- no body there - wide open slopes
- no pistes (piste skis sucks anyway)
- really friendly people
* Bring your own kit......everything, don't think you can rent it there
* You must have Avo gear - all of it
* Bring a head light/torch. Unless you're stay at the the Highland Park Hotel you'll need to navigate the narrow snow track through the forest to the only bar in the resort.

We ate on the mountain and had no digestive problems at all.

It was one of the best/weirdest places. Oh and it's safe. We were there when India bombed Pakistan (two fighter jets shot down) and a major international incident but there wasn't the slightest bit of trouble at the resort.

If you want something that's off the beaten track so have got to go.

Gulmarg February 2019

Mark Glover06/03/2019
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  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    51-70
  • Month Visited:
    February

Gulmarg February 2019

Mark Glover06/03/2019
Absolutely awesome terrain, snow, untracked powder, friendly locals, thrilling taxi rides, great comraderie from all the skiers borders. Easy access from Srinagar, was there during a recent spat between India and Pakistan, had Miss flying overhead but felt absolutely safe. We got guides from Snow Kings who fixed everything from airport transfers to ski waxing phone SIM cards and most importantly avalanche safety and great guiding skills. Guides are essential as avalanche risk is real due to the steepness of the terrain.

Awesome place to visit

Tafheem Ahmad Wani07/12/2018
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  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Beginner
  • Rider Age
    18-35
  • Month Visited:
    February

Awesome place to visit

Tafheem Ahmad Wani07/12/2018
World famous ski resort with loads of natural beauty!!

economical and excellent trip

samuel08/02/2015
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  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35

economical and excellent trip

samuel08/02/2015
Writing the small blog near to fire stove in srinagar and Driking a tasteful Khawa

I came to India with my friends for ski at gulmarg, and it was my first time india also, Unfortunately i cant ski at gulmarg not more than 2 days because there was no snow from last 2 month ,

I organized this trip by myself and little help of my friend. For gulmarg ski resort there is limited information available online, Most of westerner Russian and Austrilian traveller booking the ski package, which is most costlier then self made:
I just booked 3 Accommodation online and send a request to hotelier for airport transfers and all the hotelier send the vehicle as per our details which we had mentioned in special request
My first day start from Dehli airport, I booked Mustache hostel at Delhi for my first night , this hostel is recommend on LP Guide book , As we was travel on Budget we booked Dorm room for my self and 4 Friends
The people and staff was very polite and helpful,

and after checked inn a hostel we went delhi tour by own but its completely a dirty cities in india and around 4 touts / agents followed us , but we refuses there services and Great food in local resturant at near to hostel
and on next morning the hotelier arranged a airport transfer for us and we had taken the flight toward to Srinagar
On arrival at srinagar we was shocked a lot of security presence in airport, and A person shouted on us and he ask to fill the foreing registration forum , which is necessary to fill
After fill a form and came out to the airport, The Lonely guesthouse owners brother was waiting for us to take there guest house

its actual a Home stay cum Guesthouse, in kashmir , Mr nazir a owner of the house was very helpful for us, he arranged sightseen tour for srinagar also and also pick up and drop facility to gulmarg
the food is home made 100% recommend you must eat if you are travelling in srinagar city
and another day we left towards toward gulmarg and stay for 5 night , we booked hotel khaleel, the hotels is good but the heating arrangement was not adequate and limited hot water available
and Thankful to Idres a ski guide a knowledgeable person and having lot of know about the slopes in valley
and at gulmarg there aroud 4 ski shopes available
but our experience at gulmarg was great because we got lot of snow at the ending of trip

Our Group spend 250 Euro only, without Airfare from Holland - Delhi - srinagar and back

Gulmarg - An Adventure for the Experienced Powderhound

David Vincent06/03/2014
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  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    18-35

Gulmarg - An Adventure for the Experienced Powderhound

David Vincent06/03/2014
Skiing the Indian Himalayas in Gulmarg is, in a word, phenomenal. The highest lifted gondola in the world takes you to nearly 4,000m where you have an incredible vista of the Pir Panjal mountain range and an endless choice of untouched powder lines.

Gulmarg isn’t really for the faint-hearted or aspiring intermediate who wants to venture into the backcountry for the first time. Let’s face it - it’s a gondola that drops you smack bang into the Himalayan backcountry. It’s a serious mountain and isn’t really a “ski resort” in the typical sense of the term and probably never will be. There’s just no intermediate terrain in-between the advanced/expert steeps of phase 2 of the Gondola and the baby green poma slopes way down in the village. But for the experienced powderhound with the right gear, experience and attitude - it’s gotta be on the bucket list!

There’s avy control in the main bowl under the phase 2 Gondola but no grooming at all above the mid-station and the rest of the 5km ridgeline has endless steep bowls and chutes and is serious backcountry terrain. It’s massive - probably the size of at least 4 large ski resorts.

Having a trusted, knowledgeable and experienced guide in Gulmarg is absolutely essential. Even from the mid-station of the Gondola, you really can’t tell how massive and complex the terrain is until your up there in one of the bowls dropping into well over 1km of vert. There’s many reasons you’ll need a guide in Gulmarg - from terrain selection for avy risk, to route-finding so you don’t get lost or have unnecessary hiking, to avoiding avalanche poodles that drop in on you, to finding the secret spots where untouched fresh snow can be found over a week after the last storm.

I spent my two weeks in Gulmarg in Feb 2014 guided by Matt from the Adventure Project - http://www.theadventureproject.net/ - and would recommend them unhesitatingly. They’ve been there for over 5 years, have an unparalleled approach to safety in avalanche terrain, and know the mountain like the back of their hand. During my 12 days there, it actually didn’t really snow at all which is evidently very unusual, although 215cm of snow fell over 5 days the week before I arrived! Nevertheless, with a bit of skinning and an ‘earn your turns’ ethic, we skied untouched steep powder runs every day! The variety in terrain is unreal - steep chutes, open bowls, ridgelines, open spaced paperbark trees, steeps through ancient pines.

During my time in Gulmarg, the avalanche danger was mostly rated as Considerable (where statistically most fatalities occur) and one day there were 4 reported human triggered avalanches so our group really appreciated the wise terrain selection decisions and travel protocols Matt equipped us with to reduce our risk. We started our trip with avalanche and rescue theory, a full day of single and multiple rescue beacon training (in steep avy debris) as well as establishing group travel protocols. On the second day we practiced strategic shovelling (if you’re venturing in the backcountry and don’t know what this is then you need to) and dug a snowpit to conduct stability tests. We still got some nice skiing in during these couple of days (although it only got better) but you SHOULD feel scared for your life if your group doesn’t have these skills in Gulmarg. I had some of these basics beforehand but this trip was invaluable to develop a proper base of backcountry skills I will take with me and continue developing all over the world.

I can’t write a review of this place without mentioning my double ejection to front-flip and accidental airbag deployment at the run out of Shark’s Fin. Not sure if anyone’s seen this kind of thing before or heard of it but it was clearly a highlight. We skinned an hour from the top of the Gondola to the peak of Mt Apharwat at 4150m and then around to Shark’s Fin ridge where a nice 40 degree face awaited and I was pretty excited until I came across a compression in flat light that I just didn't see - https://vimeo.com/86899150

We stayed at the Khyber Resort Hotel and it was really nice. It’s the only 5 star hotel in Gulmarg, has great food in the buffet, and an amazing swimming pool with floor to ceiling glass walls giving a panoramic view of the Gulmarg mountain. Rooms are great (good shower pressure cannot be underestimated in Gulmarg from what I’ve heard!, the staff are friendly and helpful and the price overall is pretty competitive compared with other accomm options from what I’ve seen. Except for laundry - if you get laundry done at the Khyber it may well cost you US50. And it comes back to you in carved wooden boxes, with Khyber branded cardboard in each t-shirt.

Finally, Gulmarg has all the quirks and fascinations of being an Indian town in the Himalayas. Many military bases (some with angry dogs that want to chase you around the hill); super friendly locals in traditional Kashmiri attire (many selling chocolate and water); dudes walking around rocking AK-47s; INSANE driving (the horn is THE means of communication over any road rules that may or may not exist - if you ain’t honking you’re invisible); interesting lack of snow clearing on the roads makes for fun (slightly fear for your life) taxi rides back up the hill with slot-car like ruts your local driver will navigate amongst the plebs without chains or a clue; beer with alcohol content labelled as being between 5.25% but not exceeding 8.25%; and make sure to stay on the houseboats on the Dal Lake, Srinagar at the end of your stay - super chilled way to relax and check out the floating vegetable markets where the locals trade “a large rock’s worth” of parsnips.

As a powderhound, it’s safe to say, I’ll be returning to Gulmarg.

Great experience and lot of good information on powderhounds

ken samalyal19/02/2014
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  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35

Great experience and lot of good information on powderhounds

ken samalyal19/02/2014
I and my friends are very thankful to powderhounds for providing a wonderful information about the gulmarg ski resort, we searched a lot about gulmarg but there is not sufficient information for those traveler who travel in economical way.

we booked my the accommodation 2 night stays in srinagar in the shelter group of houseboats.They arranged our airport tranfers and from houseboats to tangmarg area and back to srinagar on last day and 7 nights at green heights near to cable car (Lift). The rooms are very small in size, we take the food in local restaurant every day and we take a local ski guide for 3 day he charged Rs 10000 to introduces new ski route.

its was amazing trip for limited budget traveler. 

for arranging the cab from srinagar airport and srinagar tour you can contact houseboat shelter info@houseboatsinsrinagar.co.in
and for local guide at gulmarg : mehraj22@yahoo.co.in

Not your average ski destination

Andrew Henderson01/04/2013
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  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    36-50

Not your average ski destination

Andrew Henderson01/04/2013
Andrew Henderson review of Gulmarg
I had just under two weeks of skiing in the Gulmarg in February 2013. This place is a great travel and ski experience, but not a destination for young families or those wanting the conventional ski resort holiday. Some previous experience of India and its idiosyncrasies would be good preparation. This season was marred by civil unrest in February and a lot of people left the field at the end of that month. This was much more than an inconvenience for the Kashmiris than the tourists of course, but a reminder that this is still an unsettled area and things may go wrong. Having said that, I never felt personally at risk from the curfews, strikes and police presence (just the taxis) and Kashmiris are very relaxed, friendly and helpful.

The mountain is perfect. Excellent alpine, great trees, good pitch, long, long (long) runs. Abundant snow, but lots of bluebird days to enjoy it as well. To make the most of what is on offer, however, you need to be aware that the skiing should really be regarded as assisted backcountry. You need at least basic avalanche gear and to know how to use it and you need a mate who does too. There is "on piste" skiing off the gondola, but that is not where the action is! A bit of hiking, traversing and skinning opens up a huge amount of terrain.
Andrew Henderson review of Gulmarg
I had a guide and thought it was well worth it. Arrived on my own and was glad to have someone to ski with apart from anything else. Experienced back country skiers will be happy to find their own routes and many do. I was happy though to be led by the nose to the best runs. I also got to meet a few locals and see a few places I would not have found on my own in the village and the valley. And I skied untracked snow pretty much every day I was there. Booking a guide through a company back home or getting a recommendation from friends is the best way to get a good quality guide.

The ski field seems to have two personalities. In the valley itself there are quite a few ridiculous lifts. Some of these look to have a vertical of no more than 100 or 200 metres. These are quite well used during the day, but not by anyone visiting from outside India. Then there is personality two. The "gondola" is actually 2 separate lifts with a midstation connecting them. The lowermost offers some pretty reasonable skiing and is the only option on days when the top is shut, but the runout is fairly flat. The second stage goes ... nicely high. The lift is in reasonable condition. It isn't really "new" but came second hand from some European field. It is not designed for modern skis or boards, or people wearing avalanche bags. So the queues can be pretty long and slow as 4 people maximum squeeze into the relatively widely spaced lifts. I thought it was safe if somewhat rustic, but it is a little disconcerting having to share with fully armed soldiers and large containers of fuel oil at times. Climbing to about a third of the height of the second gondola is a quadruple chair. Brand spanking new. Also a good option for low visibility, windy, or "no apparent reason" days of closure of the upper gondola.
Andrew Henderson review of Gulmarg
I stayed at Nedou's Hotel. Not listed in the accomodation section of powder hounds at the time of writing but similar and close to Highland Park. One of the original hotels and not cheap, but a lot of fun. Only a 10 minute walk and ski to the gondola in the morning.

The lift tickets are cheap as chips and can be paid for one at a time (great fun in the crush and confusion to get on). A reasonable day, with a bit of hiking and exploring, might be just 4 or 5 runs. But that is enough! There are days when everything is closed, in which case skiing the trees down the access road slopes and catching a taxi back is an acceptable alternative for a few runs.

So! Not for everyone and really pretty much the exact opposite of say, Whistler, when it comes to facilities. But one of the best places I have skied so far.
Andrew Henderson review of Gulmarg

AMAZING!

Gramps Bob13/07/2012
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  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Snowboarder
  • Rider Level
    Expert
  • Rider Age
    70+

AMAZING!

Gramps Bob13/07/2012
It was amazing, as a 84 year old, I enjoyed this alot! My wife and I were amazed, we read the reviews and saw it was poor, so I decided to go, I took the risk, but it was fantastic. I would strongly recommed and revist.

Cultural Experience and lots of snow

Mike Banks20/03/2012
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  • Rider Type
    Telemarker
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    36-50

Cultural Experience and lots of snow

Mike Banks20/03/2012
Spent a month here back in the late 80's before the civil unrest made it impossible to visit. Spent a few days on a houseboat in Srinagar which is a definite must do, before hopping on a bus up to Gulmarg.

It was March but the bus couldn't get all the way in from all the snow - I had to hike the last few km's into the resort. In those days there was a small double chairlift and a couple of T-bars. Accommodation was in small local lodges and the nightlife revolved around the golf view hotel.

It snowed heavily for 10 days straight - the most snow I had ever seen. The snow wasn't the light and dry kind that you would see in Japan or Utah but there was plenty of it.The only way into our lodge was through a snow tunnel! When I arrived here I was walking under powerlines, a week later I was stepping over them!

The Indian army was training here and learning how to telemark so they could go up into the mountains and shoot at Pakistani's. Most of the people that live here pledge their allegiance to Pakistan as the population is largely Muslim.

Things have changed somewhat since then with the building of the Gondola so I'd imagine plenty of terrain has opened up. I would recommend this place as an amazing travel experience with the chance to ski in an interesting part of the world.

Proud to be Kashmiri

Tawseef11/03/2011
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  • Would Revisit
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Rider Level
    Advanced
  • Rider Age
    18-35

Proud to be Kashmiri

Tawseef11/03/2011
Haiiiii....
I'm really proud to be a Kashmiri... as my land rocks! I really feel g8 after reading this article.. amazingggggggg.

I live in Dubai and it is really hot here, but have to work to live.

Well going to Kashmir in 1st week of April 2011... so much happyyyyyyyyyyy coz going to gulmargggggggg fr skkkkkkingggg

thx all
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