“Avalanches don’t discriminate. They are equal opportunity killers, and they affect everyone on the mountain! All people engaging in snow sports activities in the backcountry must, thus, be aware of them.”
Freeriding and ski touring have by now become trend sports activities. An increasing number of people decide to enjoy their snow sports activities in the backcountry. They want to stay away from the hectic and the chaos on the groomed slopes.
Skiing and snowboarding in deep snow are indeed fantastic leisure time activities. They help to forget the day to day routines and provide opportunities for self-fulfillment. Besides, freeriding, ski touring and snowshoe hiking give us a chance to test our limits and to learn to overcome our fears. And they allow us to share unique experiences and unforgettable moments with family and friends. Read more
Ski Season 2014 in Gulmarg – Snow Storms and Avalanche Danger
The winter of 2014 in Gulmarg has mainly been marked by 3 key factors which turned it into a season that won’t be easily forgotten. Extended periods of high and considerable avalanche danger prevented the free access to the backcountry terrain, 3 major snow storms resulted in a near close down of the resort for several days and a considerable decrease in the number of foreign skiers who visited Kashmir for the ski season 2013/2014 presented a challenge to hotels and operators who had invested in staff and material based on the numbers of previous years.
Avalanche Danger – The permanent Companion of Backcountry Skiers in Gulmarg
Since the opening of the second phase of the cable car to the 4’200m high Mt. Apharwat in 2006 avalanche danger has always been a concern for backcountry skiing program operators, the gondola management and individual travelers. The snowpack and the complex terrain have presented regular challenges to us and our guides over the past years but the winter of 2013/2014 was by far the most difficult to manage. Read more
Checklist for a Safe Ski Trip to Kashmir
During the past few months the number of cease fire violations along the “Line of Control” have increased again and there were also a few shoot outs between militants and security forces in some villages inside Kashmir. This resulted in certain changes in the travel advisories issued by various countries and requires an update on my safety assessment for ski trips to Kashmir which I published in July 2009. Skiers’ Safety in Kashmir.
Whereas most of what I wrote then is still valid today I would like to start by saying a few words about today’s situation in Kashmir but then also discuss two other important safety elements people should be aware of when planning and organizing a ski trip to Gulmarg, namely safety on the mountain and health issues.
Before going into more details about these safety considerations I would, however, like to point out that FSH has conducted its powder ski programs in Gulmarg since 2006 and during all these years we have fortunately never encountered any incidents that gave rise for concern nor did our guests become victims of any serious accidents on the mountain. Read more
Every ski trip to Gulmarg should become an amazing holiday experience! Enjoying the best powder snow conditions with long runs over untouched terrain and through beautiful landscapes during the day, spending pleasant moments with friends around a wooden heated oven in a cozy lounge or savoring an exotic dish in a warm dining room in the evening and at night regenerating with a good sleep in a comfortable bed with clean sheets and in a centrally heated room – this is what most guests expect from their winter vacation in Gulmarg.
The journey to Gulmarg leads in fact to one of the best and most spectacular powder ski areas of the world – but it also leads into a region which is hardly known, to a ski resort which is still a long way from what most guests are used to, into a different culture area, to a remote settlement where tourism infrastructure is still primarily oriented towards summer guests, to a mountain which due to its exposure and topography presents a considerable danger potential and to a village where most service providers (ski shops, ski instructors, guides, hotels, etc.) are just at the beginning of the learning process on how to professionally deal with winter sports’ guests. Read more