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July 1, 2009

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Gulmarg 2010

by Chris Werren

In these hot summer months many of us are dreaming about the refreshing cold winter air and begin to contemplate on where we would like to spend our next ski vacations. For us this is the perfect moment to present our 2010 ski programs for the Himalaya, in an exceptional ski area in Kashmir’s ski resort of Gulmarg.

A ski trip to India into the Himalaya mountains, this sounds adventurous and exotic – In reality it is, however, a journey to one of the most exciting and beautiful ski areas of the world! Since 2006 we have been regularly taking skiers to Gulmarg. Over the years we explored numerous possibilities for attractive powder snow descents and know most slopes from personal experience.

Apharwat Range

Because of regular and heavy snow fall Gulmarg offers excellent powder snow conditions with an average snow depth of 3 meters. The snow quality and the huge number of variegated descents were described by our guests as key differentiators of our powder snow offer in Kashmir. The participants of our programs characterize Gulmarg as the “last resort” on earth where powder snow skiing still results in an authentic skiing experience. Discover the beauty and the skiing possibilities of Gulmarg with us and book a trip to one of the most extraordinary and exciting skiing and free riding resorts in the world.

The Journey

Our guests travel independently from their home country to Delhi where they will arrive in the early morning. After transferring to the domestic airport our guest fly to Srinagar. After completion of Kashmir’s immigration formalities they will be received by us at the front door of the airport building. The journey continues with an adventurous 50km jeep ride to Gulmarg at 2’600m and check into a comfortable hotel close to the gondola. The following days are available to enjoy the long and varied descents on the wide open, more than 35° steep slopes on the up to 4’300m high Mt. Apharwat range. In the morning of the last day our guest will be brought to the airport in Srinagar from where they fly to Delhi. In the Delhi most people take their return flights home the same night. If our guests prefer we can also drive to Srinagar in the afternoon of the second last day, do some shopping and spend the night on a houseboat on the Dal lake.

Participant Profile

  • Sound skiing technique with ability to ski safely and uninterrupted in challenging terrain and all types of snow
  • Good health and strong physical fitness to participate in skiing days with up to 10’000 verticals meters per day and walks of up to 2 hours at altitudes between 3’000 and 4’300 meters
  • Interest in other cultures

Scope of Services “Guided Programs” , 7 Ski Days Sfr. 1‘190, 12 Ski Days Sfr. 1‘890

  • All lift passes, airport transfer Srinagar-Gulmarg,  all transports for bad weather programs and tree skiing
  • Lodging in double rooms with breakfast and dinner in our partner hotel
  • 1 trained and experienced, registered snow guide for 4 guest and short avalanche awareness training
  • Every day one long descent to Drang or other locations on the valley floor (weather dependant)
  • Program management by Swiss ski instructor/expedition leader with several years experience in the Himalayas

Scope of Services “Hosted Programs”, 7 Ski Days Sfr. 690, 12 Ski Days Sfr. 990

  • Airport transfer between Srinagar and Gulmarg, privileged access to our  guides and drivers
  • Lodging in double rooms with breakfast and dinner in our partner hotel
  • Guided terrain visitation on the first day and short avalanche awareness training
  • Program management by Swiss ski instructor/expedition leader with several years experience in the Himalayas

Additional Costs

  • Flight Europe – Srinagar approx. Sfr. 900 (ca. EUR 600)

India Visa Fee ca. Sfr. 60, (in most countries visa application forms can be downloaded online)

Important  Information

The participants should be prepared that on a skiing trip to India not everything will go according to expectations. There can be delays and shortcomings that are beyond our understanding like for example the irregular opening times of the gondola. Skiers must also be aware that the meteorological conditions in high alpine terrain are subject to change and that a certain number of bad weather days must be accepted (based on our experience in Gulmarg approx. 40 – 50%). On bad weather days the gondola remains closed due to generally high avalanche danger (level 4) and poor visibility. In order to fully enjoy the trip a positive attitude towards unexpected situations combined with a high tolerance of the local people’s way of living is absolutely necessary.

If you want to know more about this exceptional ski resort and about our programs visit us at Free Ski Himalaya

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2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Everton Aimi
    Nov 20 2009

    See you there in the back country. I’m ready to go.everythings all righ. free trip, free traveles, free way. see you there jan30th!!

    Reply
    • Nov 21 2009

      have a good trip. see you there. you are lucky to get everything for free!

      Reply

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