Skiing in Gulmarg

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Time Required : 1-2.5 hrs

Entry Fee : Starting INR 500

Entry Fee : Starting INR 500

Skiing in Gulmarg, Gulmarg Overview

Gulmarg is a beautiful location placed in Jammu and Kashmir where one may go along with family and friends and enjoy the beautiful view along with other adventure sports. The lift system is quite simple in Gulmarg.

During blizzards, beautifully characterised open spaces in the forest terrain can be skied below Gulmarg which may lead you to the local shrines. Apart from all the mesmerising view, you may try skiing, use the Gulmarg gondola once, skin a few km along, hike the rest and take a cab for the remaining. Gulmarg is gaining popularity and number of skiers are also increasing day by day. Having the mountain to oneself is a thing of the past, hence being alert and pro-active is adviced.

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Medical fitness

Undergoing certain medical tests is suggested. Altitude sickness should be checked for before you embark upon this trip.

General tips

Good footwear is a must if you plan to go skiing. Find operators that are registered and provide decent equipment and safety harnesses for your ski trip.

Safety Tips

Carry medicines for cold and flu. Make sure you carry plenty of warm clothes. Jackets that insulate are suggested. Take your instructor's tips very seriously and pain relievers for casulaties!

About the Place

Gulmarg is normally blessed with unbelievable amounts of snow. It ranks in the realms of Utah and Niseko in the snowfall stakes. The average annual snowfall is not well documented, but it is thought to be about 14 metres, while in the year 2004 it came around 20 metres. The year 2010 began very slow but gained speed in February.
Temperatures at Gulmarg are not super cold. It is generally milder than the toe-numbing frigidity of interior Canada and the USA. When the sun shines in Gulmarg you may notice how warm it is. Europeans would love to soak up the rays at the gondola mid-station, but unfortunately, there are no comfortable lounge chairs available for them.

Gulmarg Avalanche

Avalanche poses a great threat to those travelling in Gulmarg which goes to its extremes at times. An entire set of tools and their usage is standard attire required here. The main bowl under Gondola is the location under surveillance. One of the most significant challenges in Gulmarg is avoiding an avalanche triggered by many foreign tourists landing here.

Gulmarg Ski Terrain

Advanced and expert terrain are lumped together because the Gulmarg ski terrain requires competent skills wherever you go, and the difference between an advanced or expert line might be a matter of metres left or right. The main bowls under the phase 2 Gulmarg gondola offer fast lines down some spurs. There are even some patchy trees skiers right of the lift line above the mid station restaurants. A short hike halfway towards the summit where one may access the North and South Apharwat bowls via a traverse. They can also be accessed via the summit proper. The skiing here is sublime. The possibilities beyond the summit are endless.

How to reach Skiing in Gulmarg

  • Air: The nearest airport to Gulmarg is Srinagar. One can easily hire a taxi from the airport to reach your destination. The fare may range from Rs. 1500 to Rs. 2000.

  • Rail: Jammu serves as the nearest railhead to Gulmarg, situated about 348 kms away. Udhampur railway station is another alternative, the station being at a distance of 283 kms. One can easily avail a taxi from Jammu and Udhampur till Gulmarg while enjoying the scenic beauty of the region.

  • Road: Gulmarg is easily accessible through motorable road from Srinagar and other neighbouring regions of the state. You can board a private or a public bus till Gulmarg all the while enjoying the natureÕs beauty. However, in winters the buses operates till Tangmarg from where you will need to hire small vehicles for remaining 11 kms.

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About Skiing in Gulmarg

Base Town : Tangmarg

Cost : Starts at INR 14000

Highest Altitude : 13000 feet

Lowest Altitude : 9000 feet

Nearest Airport : Srinagar

Nearest Railhead : Jammu

Nearest road city : Srinagar

Number of Days Required : 3 - 4 days atleast

Region : Pir Panjal range of the Himalayas

Terrain : Snow covered slopes

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