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
Sunny days, perfect snow conditions and mostly low or moderate avalanche danger levels on one hand and inner unrest, frequent strikes and curfews on the other hand were the distinguishing marks of our 8th ski season in Gulmarg, Kashmir.
Despite these few disturbing events outside of Gulmarg our 180 guests were able to fully enjoy their stay in Kashmir, have completed numerous powder ski runs on Mt. Aphawat and got a comprehensive impression of this exceptional ski area in the Himalayas.
Snow and Weather Conditions
The snow and weather conditions in the past winter were ideal, compared to previous years we had less frequent but instead more intensive snowfalls and also considerably longer fair weather periods with lots of sunny days = 60% of all season ski days! 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