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Skiing in Kashmir


Jammu and Kashmir provides full of exhilarating and exciting experience of "rapid with Snow" for adventure enthusiast. Gulmarg, 50km from Srinagar in Kashmir valley is considered as the ski paradise of India. Gulmarg changes its scenery from a flowery meadow to that of a Ski Resort in winters. Ski - lovers from all over the world flock to the place because it is the only ski-resort in the mighty Himalayas where you can enjoy ski with a magnificent view of the Karakorams. Gulmarg provides an altitude difference of over 1,500 m with lengths of more than 10 km. activities

At Gulmarg, one can hire the latest Austrian and French equipments. The best season for skiing is mid-January to mid-April and the road is kept open to Gulmarg during the winter.There are cross-country runs apart from downhill skiing and there are most exciting and delightful excursions to the shrine of Baba Reshi through the 'powder chute'.

Heli-Skiing :

Heli-skiing is one of the most exciting and delightful activity for adventure enthausiast and there are numerous possibilities of finding new tracks throughout the winter season. There are other places apart from Gulmarg, where one may find the pleasure of skiing including Srinagar. Ski tours from Pahalgam to Sonamarg through high mountain passes are demanding and exciting.

Ski Experts Says :

The herds of yaks, sheep and goats roaming the mountain in summer (up to 16,500 feet) keep up lots of small footpaths, insuring therefore a real protection against avalanches in winter.

Snow Condition :

Snow falls in Jammu and Kashmir from November till May. Deep powder snow till end of March, then you will find a spring snow that only Himalayas can offer and some powder snow depending on the lie of the slopes. The Himalayas provide an amazing diversity of slopes which satisfy the most experts and demanding skiers.

Required Equipments :

Everyone should have his own ski boots. For those who do not wish to transport their own skis, "Volant" skis, specially meant for powder snow (along with poles), are available at an extra charge. If you contemplate renting skis, please indicate the length on your registration form.

Skiing in Jammu and Kashmir is a thrilling and exciting experience for any adventure enthusiast. The Ski Club of India was established in Gulmarg in 1927, which is now considered as the ski paradise of India. Just 50 km from Srinagar, situated at an altitude of 2,730 m, Gulmarg changes its scenery from a flowery meadow to that pf a small ski resort in winters. Ski-lovers from all over the country flock to the place because it is the only ski-resort in the mighty Himalayas where you can ski with a magnificent view of the Karakorams and also the cheapest one in the whole world to learn skiing. Gulmarg provides an altitude difference of over 1,500 m with lengths of more than 10 km. However, only a ski-mountaineer can reach these higher slopes. The beginners may hire any of the four ski lifts or a chairlift.

Here, the latest Austrian and French equipment is available on hire and the ski school known as the Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering, which conducts 10 day and 21-day short ski courses for beginners and advanced skiers. The best season for skiing is mid-December to mid-April and the road is kept open to Gulmarg with the help of powerful German machines throughout the winter. There are cross-country runs apart from downhill skiing and there are delightful excursions to the shrine of Baba Reshi through the 'powder chute'. Heli-skiing is the recent addition to the place and there are numerous possibilities of finding new tracks throughout the winter season. A look for a helicopter is even more majestic.

There are other places apart from Gulmarg, where one may find the pleasure of skiing including Srinagar. Ski tours from Pahalgam to Sonamarg through high mountain passes are not only demanding but also exciting. Wardwan Valley of Ladakh also attracts some ski-enthusiasts during the season.