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Bills Gulmarg Tour

Bills Gulmarg Tour5/510
Bills Gulmarg Tour5 out of 5 based on 10 reviews
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Bills Gulmarg Tour - Reviews

Bills Gulmarg Tour - Reviews

Thanks Bill!

Andrew Henderson22/06/2014
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    Australia
  • Month:
    January

Thanks Bill!

Andrew Henderson22/06/2014
I had two weeks of skiing with Bill and his guides in 2013-14. I was lucky enough to combine it with some heliskiing…

This is one of the world’s great ski adventures and anyone who has skied with Bill knows they have stumbled on something a bit special. The first thing people seem to do after a holiday with Bill is to book for the following year!

The Gulmarg ski area is remarkable. An outrageous gondola that is the highest commercial ski lift in the world. Very good snow conditions and lots of bluebird days to enjoy them. The lift not only gives you access to a large amount of “to die for” skiing on the field, but also gives you access to an almost unlimited amount of back country skiing and touring opportunities. There is, unfortunately, more opportunity to die here, unless you really know what you are doing, or have excellent guiding. This is primarily what Bill’s Trips is all about. If you are the sort of skier who goes to a ski area and immediately wants to see what is in the back country then this is the trip for you. If you haven’t had a go at skinning or ski touring before this is a great place to start. The skiing is reasonably hard work, but well within the capabilities of most keen skiers.

Bill is a real character. One of those people in life that you know you are better off for having met. His laid back attitude belies a very good ability to organise and plan in a country where sometimes a lot of effort is needed to make things happen smoothly. Bill’s guides are also an amazing bunch. This trip seems to attract adventurers from all walks of skiing and mountaineering. I was rubbing shoulders with mountaineers who had climbed Everest and guides who had skied everywhere. The other clients weren’t too shabby either! There are several local guides involved in the operation and Bill has great contacts and rapport.

Accommodation is at Highland Park, which is perfect. An authentic Hill Station retreat from the old days. Magnificent views of the Gulmarg. Fantastic food. Some great staff.

Anyone who has done some research on the Gulmarg will have heard about this operation. Rest assured, it deserves its reputation. It really doesn’t need any further recommendation from me! But go. You know you want to.

Great adventure, Great company, Great guides

Richard10/04/2014
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    51-70
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Month:
    January

Great adventure, Great company, Great guides

Richard10/04/2014
This is what skiing is all about. On top of that there's the fantastic cultural experience of Kashmir. All brought to you by Bill and his fantastic guides. Just make sure you are super fit and you'll have the best time.

Bills Trips

Ricardo Kowalski30/03/2014
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  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Month:
    January

Bills Trips

Ricardo Kowalski30/03/2014
Bill's Trips is by far the tightest operating in Gulmarg hands down. There are many cowboy guides over there but no one knows the mountain like Bill the Mayor of Gulmarg and his crew. Gulmarg is a big mountain and we felt extremely safe with Bill's team of guides who took us to freshies every day while everyone else was skiing chopped up snow.

His low client to guide ratio of 4:1 is a huge advantage after seeing other groups floundering around with 6+ clients per guide.

The accommodation was first class and the service the best I've had in fifteen trips to India but my first to Kashmir which was the friendliest place I've been there.

Go check out Gulmarg but make sure you do it with Bill.

Gulmarg

Lesley Dunlop27/03/2014
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  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    Australia
  • Month:
    February

Gulmarg

Lesley Dunlop27/03/2014
Kashmir as a destination for skiing is often thought about but overlooked due to the political history. It should not be!

Gulmarg has some of the best back country skiing in the world. Terrific trees, high altitude similar to only what heli-skiers get, and the most amazing lines that can be viewed over dinner. The concern lies in the amount of inexperienced travellers with a lack of knowledge of Himalaya conditions (which are unique). That's why a trip with Bill and his intrepid, experienced guides is worth it. Bill and his guides are respected in the local community for their commitment, empathy and respect.

The most amazing cultural, political and environmental experience a 'ski bum' could ever imagine. I'm not one for booking a ski trip as I've spent a fair amount of time doing it myself but after going there, I honestly would have been out of my depth in this area without Bill and his staff. The commitment and innovation the company has for Kashmir skiing is commendable. Highly recommened as a trip of a life time.

Footnote- Stay clear of the 800ml red cans of beer they knock your socks off with an alcohol content of 8-12%

Ripping In Gulmarg

Alex Patnaude26/03/2014
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  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    18-35
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Month:
    January

Ripping In Gulmarg

Alex Patnaude26/03/2014
What a ripping place to ski/board Gulmarg is.....This is must do for anyone with a passion for big mountain or backcountry skiing. I went thinking i was up for a unique experience which India deliverd in spades, but what blew me away was the quality of the skiing... when they say it's like going heli skiing off a gondala they pretty much hit the mark!

I normally prefer to find my own way rather than ski with guides... but Bill and his team were exceptional and the terrain in Gulmarg is so huge that we could not have got the best out of this amazing place without them, such a unique experience every day.

If you want an experience and dont mind earning a few turns, I reccomend you pack your skins and the fattest skis you can find and head to India with Bills Trips, just save a spot for me!

World-Class Guide - A Great Experience

Michael19/05/2011
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    51-70
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Month:
    January

World-Class Guide - A Great Experience

Michael19/05/2011
Recently my two teenagers and I had the good fortune to spend 2 weeks in Kashmir India skiing.

Bill Barker was excellent company and provided wise guidance in a relatively remote and raw skiing experience. His expert judgement enabled us to access terrain we could not otherwise have safely managed and he taught the fundamentals of safe backcountry skiing. Bill was ever keen to allow us access to new experiences all in a spirit of good cheer. Nothing was too much trouble for him and whatever problems or difficulties arose were managed effectively and without fuss.

This is not your average ski holiday you need to be fit and it tests your resilience on a number of levels, but you could not have a better host and guide-world class. A great experience.

The Best Trip to Gulmarg Yet

Chris P16/05/2011
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  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Snow Boarder
  • Month:
    February

The Best Trip to Gulmarg Yet

Chris P16/05/2011
Hey Bill Just a quick note to say again thanks for a really great trip, even though it was my second time to Gulmarg it was definitely the best.

Billy Barker's a Legend!!

Browny11/05/2011
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Snow Boarder
  • Country
    Australia
  • Month:
    February

Billy Barker's a Legend!!

Browny11/05/2011
Hey Bill.
Now you're back I just wanted to thank you properly for providing me such a great trip to Gulmarg in 2011. I only wish I could’ve stayed longer...much much longer! You did a great job!! And we had a good crew to be with. I felt very safe having you look after us. We had lots of variety on the mountain and great cultural education because of your efforts and desire to provide us the best experience. It felt like we packed a lot into the time available, but would love to have done more. 4 weeks would be insane. You’re a legend! Cheers. Thanks again...stay safe.

Memories to Last a Lifetime!

Chris11/05/2011
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  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    Australia
  • Month:
    January

Memories to Last a Lifetime!

Chris11/05/2011
Kashmir is an eye popping experience that challenges you physically and confronts you emotionally. The skiing is epic, but is best skied with guides with serious local knowledge.

Our guide, Billy Barker is hugely respected by the locals and provides a level of professionalism that is second to none. Relaxed, patient & fun - all importantly, our group’s safety was his first concern.

Going exploring with Bill in Kashmir has provided memories that will last a lifetime.

Can't wait for next year!

Steph11/05/2011
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Snow Boarder
  • Month:
    January

Can't wait for next year!

Steph11/05/2011
G’day Bill. Hope all’s well, thanks again for a totally f…... insane holiday. I have got a few of the boys at home keen to come with me next year.