The Adventure Project

Overall Rating

The Adventure Project

The Adventure Project4.9/519
The Adventure Project4.9 out of 5 based on 19 reviews
Wagner Custom Skis
The Adventure Project - Chile Powder Sessions Tour
The Adventure Project - Chile Powder Sessions Tour
The Adventure Project - Chile Powder Sessions Tour
The Adventure Project - Chile Powder Sessions Tour
The Adventure Project - Chile Powder Sessions Tour
The Adventure Project - Chile Powder Sessions Tour
The Adventure Project - Chile Powder Sessions Tour
The Adventure Project - Chile Powder Sessions Tour
The Adventure Project - Chile Powder Sessions Tour
The Adventure Project - Chile Powder Sessions Tour
The Adventure Project - Gulmarg Tour
The Adventure Project - Gulmarg Tour
The Adventure Project - Gulmarg Tour
The Adventure Project - Gulmarg Tour
The Adventure Project - Gulmarg Tour
The Adventure Project - Gulmarg Tour
The Adventure Project - Gulmarg Tour
The Adventure Project - Hokkaido Safari (Japan)
The Adventure Project - Hokkaido Safari (Japan)

The Adventure Project

Overall Rating

The Adventure Project4.9/519
The Adventure Project4.9 out of 5 based on 19 reviews
The Adventure Project, headed by Matt Appleford, operates guided ski tours for advanced to expert skiers to exotic destinations such as Japan, India, Georgia and Chile.

Here is a list of the current tours by The Adventure Project....

Booking Conditions

DEPOSIT & FULL PAYMENT 

  • Deposit is USD $500 per person.
  • All deposits are non-refundable (unless trip cancelled by The Adventure Project)
  • Final balance due: 30 days prior to departure.
  • All payments are in USD
  • Customer is responsible for paying any fees such as wire transfer, PayPal etc.

CANCELLATION BY YOU

  • more than 30 days prior to departure, full deposit forfeited.
  • Less than 30 days 100% total payment forfeited.
  • Tour operator highly recommends you take out travel insurance at time of sending your deposit. 

CANCELLATION BY THE ADVENTURE PROJECT

The Adventure Project reserves the right to cancel any tour prior to departure. In this case you will receive a full refund. You will not be entitled to make any further claim for compensation, damages, expenses, loss of time or inconvenience.

Pow Perfection in August!!!

John Fritz
11/10/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    51-70
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    USA
  • Month:
    August
  • Admin Rating
    5

Pow Perfection in August!!!

John Fritz
11/10/2019
Like every serious skier, skiing in the summer in South America has been on my bucket list forever. What a great way to check it off! Nevados de Chillan is an amazing ski area with fantastical terrain formed by a still active volcano TheAdventureProject.net specializes in trips that get you away from the crowds and into the backcountry. Day one for us was an inbounds whiteout as a storm pounded the area. The result on day two was lift served bluebird pow perfection all day! Day three required only short skins to access endless bowls of untracked for as many laps as we could handle. Two of our subsequent days were all day tours to experience the magnificent terrain that surrounds the volcano. Other days were spent on a mix of avy training, exploring, repeating our favorite runs, and even technique lessons. Matt, the owner of TAP, is not only an expert backcountry guide, but he has spent almost a lifetime as a ski instructor with the highest professional ratings. And he loves to teach :>)
The accommodations are very nice, convenient to the resort and the food was either provided by the lodge or we went out walking distance to eat at a choice of venues. Matt always likes to have a “cultural day” (rest day) on his trips and we went to Chillan to tour a local winery and then out to dinner after.
Fantastic trip. All you have to do is get to Concepcion, and Matt takes care of all the rest.

Trip of a Lifetime!

John Fritz
11/10/2019
  • Would Revisit
  • Would Recommend
  • Age
    51-70
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Alpine Skier
  • Month:
    March
  • Admin Rating
    5

Trip of a Lifetime!

John Fritz
11/10/2019
This is just an absolutely epic trip in every respect. From the skiing to the culture to the prices.
Gudauri Resort is an easy drive from Tbilisi and is surprisingly modern with excellent ski-in/out accommodations. The mountain is massive and has almost exclusively high capacity, hi-speed, lifts and gondolas. The terrain is all above tree line and is so extensive with so few skiers, that fresh lines would last for days after a storm. We didn’t have much fresh when we went, but a bit of hiking or skinning was all it took to get endless untracked. The Gudauri Snow Lab guides were awesome. Insist on taking one day for the ski tour to the monastery. It will be an unforgettable highlight.
The whole cultural aspect is so otherworldly that you’ll never forget the vibrant city of Tblisi, the ancient villages, Soviet era ruins, unique cuisine, and friendly Georgian natives that love to showcase it all to their foreign visitors. All this is extremely affordable with a very generous monetary exchange rate. At the time we went, lift tickets were $14 USD per day!
Matt and TheAdventureProject.net do a wonderful job of organizing and guiding, so all you have to do is show up, ski, and have fun!

T.A.P. JAPOW

Dave
04/10/2019
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  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Snow Boarder
  • Country
    USA
  • Month:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    3

T.A.P. JAPOW

Dave
04/10/2019
POW POW POW everywhere! Hokkaido is not to be missed! The Adventure Project has been operating in Japan for years and knows many of the hidden stashes. Japan's culture and powder are out of this world. If you are looking for a fun outside of the US trip that offers the best powder on the planet, incredible food, and no lift lines then you found it. There is something for everyone on TAP's Hokkaido, Japan tours. Get onboard and get buried in the deepest snow around.

T.A.P. Chile

Dave
04/10/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    USA
  • Month:
    August
  • Admin Rating
    3

T.A.P. Chile

Dave
04/10/2019
I have gone to Chile with The Adventure Project for several years now and this year I decided to mix it up a bit and hop off the snowboard and back on to my skis. I took a skier improvement clinic with Matt the owner of TAP and the focus was groomer to backcountry skiing techniques . I had come from a fairly strong skiing background but, never took any clinics on updated skiing techniques. WOW! The amount of improvement in just a few days along with some video analysis was amazing! I feel even stronger on my skis and in the backcountry. Matt truly is an incredible instructor and has been teaching for over 19years, his knowledge is vast and he has a lot of drills to dial your skills. Highly recommend skiing or snowboarding with TAP in Chile. As with all of TAP's destinations there is always a local guide and TAP guide with you making the experience extra special. Plus the food and wine in Chile is world class!!

T.A.P. Gulmarg

Dave
04/10/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Snow Boarder
  • Country
    USA
  • Month:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    3

T.A.P. Gulmarg

Dave
04/10/2019
If you want big mountain riding that is lift served and minimal hiking Gulmarg is the place! World class conditions and terrain, awesome cultural experience, and delicious food. The Adventure Project doesn't just throw a dart at a map and say lets go check it out. All their trips are well researched and have extensive local knowledge, mixed with TAP's own extremely knowledgable and safety conscious guides, its a no brainer to ride with these guys. The educational aspects of TAP's trips are unparalleled to anything out there, its the most fun backcountry learning environment I have ever been involved with.

Trip for the ages!!

Gordon S
21/09/2019
  • Would Revisit
  • Would Recommend
  • Age
    51-70
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Alpine Skier
  • Month:
    March
  • Admin Rating
    3

Trip for the ages!!

Gordon S
21/09/2019
Winter of 2018-19 I headed over to Georgia with Matt once again, my 8th trip with him so far :) I must say I had particular expectations on this trip thinking it was going to be very third world, with difficult travel and bad food etc. Well this trip exceeded all of my expectations!! The culture was incredible, the food amazing, and what wonderful people!! Ohhh and by the way the skiing was just out of this world!! All the resorts had new quads and or six packs, the tickets were unreal cheap!! We skied at Guduari and Mestia and both were spectacular!! Huge resorts with tons of potential, you could get fresh tracks there a week after a storm!!! Amazing country and people at such an affordable price!! Check it out for a trip to remember!! :)

Nothing like JAPOW!!!!

Gordon S
21/09/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    51-70
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Month:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    3

Nothing like JAPOW!!!!

Gordon S
21/09/2019
I had been on two trips to India with Matt in the past, so when he told he was starting a Japan tour I was really excited.After my first experience with him in Japan I have been back every year!!!! There is just nothing like it. From the culture and the people, to the food which is unreal, to the amazing accommodations Japan just rocks. You add to that the fact that it has to be the best powder skiing I have ever seen!!! You are getting fresh tracks on every run!!! Matt and his team, as always are very professional, with safety being first and fun in abundance!!!! If you want a trip to remember then head out to Japow!!!!!!

Amazing Trip

Gordon S
21/09/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    51-70
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    USA
  • Month:
    August
  • Admin Rating
    3

Amazing Trip

Gordon S
21/09/2019
I have been on several trips with T.A.P ( India and Japan) This however was my first time trying out the southern hemisphere. Was really looking forward to skiing the Andes and Matt did not disappoint!! As always everything from the hotel to the food and transportation was amazing!! The skiing was epic! Huge open bowls and great side country access. Matt and I even did a nice skin up in between two volcanoes and had an amazing ski out, prob close to 10-15 kl long!! Best part it took you straight back to the resort :) Cant say enough great things about Matt and his team, from their safety first attitude, to their willingness to give powder tips when necessary. You want an amazing experience then sign up for next year, you won't regret it!!

Nevados de Chillan- Top Notch

scott
18/09/2019
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  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    United States
  • Month:
    September
  • Admin Rating
    4

Nevados de Chillan- Top Notch

scott
18/09/2019
This was an overall amazing trip I would rate in the upper echelon of all I've done to include Alasak heli-skiing and Japan. Matt at The Adventure Project provided great instruction on getting to the location and was always available for questions. The hotel, Las Hualles, was very nice and seemed relatively new with a great lodge and really comfortbale rooms/beds. Francisco, the owner, was great and the meals were fantastic although they were large enough to feed two people. We definitely took full advantage of the hot tubs in the evening. Although I was worried we were going to suffer the brunt of a particularly warm late season there and get skunked on snow, the snow gods smiled upon us and within a day or two of being there we received several storms that delivered enough snow to give us absolutely epic days, many of which were done under the backdrop of deep blue skies. Our guide, Eric, was extremely knowledgeable and knew the area very well. He took us to some amazing, beautiful terrain including a trip into the sidecountry where we skied volcanic ash-stained snow down to an amazing hot springs and then skinned back up to the top of the ski area- a perfect cap on the trip. I've been communicating with Matt almost since the inception of The Adventure Project and am glad to have finally been able to go on one of his trips. I am certainly impressed with what he has done and would recommend it highly to anyone who wants to get out to some exotic ski destinations. T.A.P. has put together something special for sure.

Chile Aug 2019

Bob Thompson
11/09/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    51-70
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Country
    USA
  • Month:
    August
  • Admin Rating
    3

Chile Aug 2019

Bob Thompson
11/09/2019
Matt with the adventure project is a consummate guide. I would recommend him for any of his international ski trips. As a former ski instructor and guide for many years, he is a total professional and takes his job very seriously. Matt emphasizes safety first and provides comprehensive avalanche training and knowledge prior to the backcountry. In addition ,he listens to any group concerns or wants and makes sure he tailors the trip to your individual needs . He provides all the details you need for a successful trip at a great price and wants you to have a safe, fun, rewarding time!

Skiing Gudauri

Gary Doliber
05/09/2019
  • Would Revisit
  • Would Recommend
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Alpine Skier
  • Month:
    April
  • Admin Rating
    4

Skiing Gudauri

Gary Doliber
05/09/2019
I ventured to Gudauri with the Adventure Project during the 2019 ski season. The area is vast with tons of terrain and lots of backcountry and sidecountry access. This was not my first trip with the Adventure Project and as usual getting to the area from Tbilisi, the lodging and the return to Tbilisi were spot on. Matt puts a lot of energy in to providing not only a good experience but also safety. In our case he supplemented his guiding services with that of another local guide to get the best conditions and the most knowledge available. On the Adventure Project trips Matt tries to add in cultural days, if the group is up for it. In our particular trip we decided to do a tour that was a very rewarding and fun experience.
The tour was roughly 3 hours up a valley to a monastery that has no other access in the winter and we would be bringing water with us to give to the resident monk as he has no readily available water supply at the monastery. We were able to go inside the actual monastery and afterwards sit and visit with the monk and have tea. Can you guess what we talked about? Turns out that particular monk is also a skier so we chatted about gear and such. After that we all skied the entire way back down the valley to end a very memorable day.
As far as the resort itself goes it seems there has been a recent influx of capital, I was told the Georgian government was responsible. All the lifts were redone and put in new a couple of seasons ago, all high speed quads and a few six packs. There are quite a few options for food and the same as the lifts the accommodations seem to be newer construction with a lot of other brand mew construction going up. There are bars, a brewery, several different restaurants to choose from while there.
The skiing was great. The ski area is huge with a backside that if you go all the way down puts you roughly 10 km from Russia. The terrain in the ski area is vast and varied but like other European areas you are not limited to the marked runs so everything is in play. If you are like me though, what your there for is the side country and backcountry. With areas like little Alaska and such, there is a ton of opportunity for serious stoke while there. There is plenty of snow and if you have people that know the area (you will) it is vast enough to get freshies days after a storm.
I forgot to mention, the costs of lift tickets and food are dirt cheap and the food is fantastic: if you are into heavy meals with a lot of cheese, meat, and bread. One last thing, do not miss the opportunity to spend time in Tbilisi. I spent 2 days there on the back end of the trip and still wish I had taken a couple more. If your looking for a unique trip put this one on the list you won’t regret it. By the way I don’t work for the Georgian government or the Adventure Project😀

Japow!!!

Stu Hoyt
24/04/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    51-70
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    Japan, Hokkaido
  • Month:
    January
  • Admin Rating
    3

Japow!!!

Stu Hoyt
24/04/2019
Had an incredible trip with “TAP” this past January. 11 days of skiing and we had fresh powder to ski all but one of those days. Got to ski 6 different areas for a truly unique experience. Was blown away by skiing the “back/side country at Kokusai. With out a doubt had one of my best backcountry days there with blue bird skies and waist deep pow! Lodging was great with amazing breakfast buffets at both Furano and Otaru. Have to had it to Grant for his great Minnesota driving skills, getting us safely to and from our skiing.

Can’t wait to return to Hokkaido with “TAP”.

Off Season Christmas/New Years Tour in Hokkaido a BLAST

Abigail Olson
24/02/2019
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    51-70
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    USA
  • Month:
    December
  • Admin Rating
    5

Off Season Christmas/New Years Tour in Hokkaido a BLAST

Abigail Olson
24/02/2019
Gorgeous photo by our guide, Grant
Another Grant photo - 2nd son jumping for joy
Matt was able to work with our limited window of opportunity and scheduled an amazing tour in Hokkaido for my family over Christmas and New Years 2018/19. Our fabulous guide, Grant, met us at the airport and helped us enjoy 10 days of skiing, touring, powder hunting, and just pure fun and adventure. Having someone who knew their way around was indispensable in the never ending snowing days, whiteout conditions, and just the foreignness of it all. From the drive from the airport, to checking in, to knowing where to get our ski passes, to knowing where the side country and backcountry we want is, to how those lunches work, Grant was an essential ingredient in making our time from start to finish well spent in pure fun and exploration. Not only a big help, but great company on the chairlift, on the slopes, and at dinner - a fun addition to our family.
The schedule was perfect - 5 days staying at the awesome New Prince Hotel, with the onsite Onsen, handcrafted shopping, and Furano itself all at hand and other areas a beautiful drive away. Then a side trip to Asahidake on our round about way to Otaru for 5 more days of going where we wanted for yet more fun days of skiing.
Before going, we thought, ok, this is a once in a lifetime trip. Now skiing in Japan is right back at the top of our list again - there's a lifetime of exploration to be had in that wonderland, and Matt and the Adventure Project was the perfect introduction!

A Birthday Party!!!

Grant Nakamura
10/11/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    51-70
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    USA
  • Month:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    2

A Birthday Party!!!

Grant Nakamura
10/11/2018
Be of cake!!! Matt and Jeremy took care of our group so well. I had convinced 7 of my friends to join me for a birthday celebration in Japan. My 60th, a milestone event that has a special name in Japan: Kanreki. The enormous amount of snow we got didn't hurt either. Great turns, lots of laughs, good food, and no worries!!!

Adventure Project

David Liechty
12/04/2018
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    United States
  • Month:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    1

Adventure Project

David Liechty
12/04/2018
Super smooth all the way around. Transportation, information and skiing all taken care of!

Chile Powder Session at Nevados de Chillan with The Adventure Project

Jacques Goulet
09/09/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    36-50
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Snow Boarder
  • Country
    Chile
  • Month:
    August
  • Admin Rating
    3

Chile Powder Session at Nevados de Chillan with The Adventure Project

Jacques Goulet
09/09/2017
I can't say enough about the Adventure Project team and the amazing trip they put together in Chile for august 2017.
The trip exceeded my expectations in every aspect - the lodging, the food, the transportation, the resort and the quality of the snowboarding & skiing and especially the team.
This was my first trip with the Adventure Project but not my last! I'm already signed up for their Japan session for February 2018.
Fantastic backcountry touring trip to Nevados De Chillan! Super impressed by Matt and his guides' professionalism; dedication to researching weather, snow conditions, the best lines; commitment to client satisfaction; memorable photography; and rapport with the locals.
BE READY TO BREAK YOUR FUN METER ����

Special thanks go out especially to Matt, Francisco, Jaime and Bárbara!

Los veré muy pronto mis amigos!!! �

Amazing trip to Chile

Richard
07/09/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    18-35
  • Ability
    Advanced
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    United Kingdom
  • Month:
    August
  • Admin Rating
    3

Amazing trip to Chile

Richard
07/09/2017
I had a great time skiing in Chile with Matt. The resort is ideal for easily accessed side-country skiing with very little to no competition for fresh tracks. Matt brings great knowledge and professionalism combined with a sense of humor and passion for finding the best lines to ski. The accommodation is modern and comfortable and the food is easily some of the best in town. All these factors combine to make for a really enjoyable trip and I strongly intend to return next year.

Sessioning the Sidecountry with The Adventure Project

Paul B Chiavini
28/05/2017
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    51-70
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    United States
  • Month:
    August
  • Admin Rating
    4

Sessioning the Sidecountry with The Adventure Project

Paul B Chiavini
28/05/2017
This experience with The Adventure Project ranks up there on my ski trips worldwide. Matt Appleford arranged a wonderful trip that incorporated resort and sidecountry seamlessly. The accommodations were great, as was the food. My only reason for 4 stars on the lodging is that the hot-tub was an extra charge and had to be "arranged"---I believe brought up to temp) which, frankly, I was just too tired to do after skiing all that powder. The room was great, the bed comfortable, the host Francisco, charming.
Matt has a great sense of how to balance fun, exciting skiing with a professional's view to your safety. I intend to go with Matt to Japan and experience that country next. All in all, I recommend this trip and Matt Appleford without reservation. Here are some excerpts from Facebook posts I did: "Matt Appleford and I hiked off the top of the Otto chair and then skinned into a huge series of bowls below the volcano where we came upon this strikingly situated shrine. Though it lacked a sign describing its dedication, and its intent beyond worship shall remain a mystery, it was a solemn and serious place to appreciate the moment and to contemplate our mortality. And yes--afterwards the skiing was fun! In the evening we had a great meal at the Cabanas Los Hualles (our hotel) and a wonderful bottle of wine provided by the winery we will visit on Thursday near Chillan with Francisco J Penafiel , our gracious host (and owner of Cabanas Los Hualles) , who has made all the arrangements...Amazing bluebird powder day at Nevados de Chillan with Matt Appleford. We got up early , got there early, and it all paid off. We were first in line for the Otto chair, a relic of a lift that takes 22 minutes from mid-mountain to get to the top. I estimate the temperature at around 20°F, with a little fresh overnight. Matt and Francisco, our local guide and the owner of our hotel, Cabanas Los Hualles , led some great lines..."

(Paul Chiavini: NSP Alumni, PSIA current)

Gulmarg - An Adventure for the Experienced Powderhound

David Vincent
06/03/2014
  • Recommend
  • Would Revisit
  • Age
    18-35
  • Ability
    Expert
  • Rider Type
    Skier
  • Country
    USA
  • Month:
    February
  • Admin Rating
    4

Gulmarg - An Adventure for the Experienced Powderhound

David Vincent
06/03/2014
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.
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USD 3,765

GUIDED SKI ADVENTURE
11 Nights | 8 Days Skiing | Gudauri & Backcountry

Location: Europe | Tour Focus: Guided | Terrain Focus: Off-Piste, On-Piste, Backcountry, Sidecountry
Ability: Advanced to Expert
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USD 3,765
Explore the resort of Gudauri & the many backcountry options in the Caucasus mountains of Georgia. A fully hosted 12-day program, with 9 nights staying at ski in, ski out accommodation in Gudauri, working with experienced guides. More
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Fixed Date(s): Mar 14 - Mar 25, 2020
Days: 12
Price: USD 3,885
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Fixed Date(s): Mar 27 - Apr 07, 2020
Days: 12
Price: USD 3,765
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Custom Booking Period: Jan 04 - Apr 11, 2020
Min Days: From 1
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Custom Booking Period: Jan 09 - Apr 04, 2021
Min Days: From 1