“The winter season 2016 in the Himalayas had again a lot to offer for enthusiastic backcountry skiers and confirmed that Gulmarg has remained the insider tip for skiers in search of an exceptional winter holiday destination.”
I arrived in Gulmarg by mid-January 2016 and was pleased to find the ski area already covered with sufficient snow to ski all the runs on Mt. Apharwat. Contrary to previous seasons also the snowpack was stable early in the season and as a result thereof we were able to take full advantage of the terrain right from the beginning of the winter.
However, the earthquakes in Nepal and the wider Hindukush made people reluctant to visit this part of the world last winter. And as if this was not enough the various acts of terror and violence by Islamic fundamentalists and undisciplined juvenile men, in some parts of Europe and worldwide, increased the fear of visiting areas with a mainly Muslim population, especially when these areas were blacklisted in travel advisories. Read more
Gulmarg has established itself as a preferred backcountry ski destination and is today the only cable car serviced powder ski resort in the Himalaya. Since 2006, we have been offering our professional ski guiding services in Gulmarg to visitors and welcomed until now more than 1’000 guests from all over the world as participants in our backcountry skiing programs in the Himalaya.
To meet guests’ expectations also in the years to come, we have adapted our program proposals for the ski season 2017 to the changed market conditions. In this blog, you find information about our new programs and price comparisons with our key competitors, and also information about the costs of services that can be purchased on the spot in Gulmarg. 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
Free Ski Himalaya becomes FSH – The Gulmarg Snow Experts
In 2005 we launched our website Free Ski Himalaya (www.freeskihimalaya.com) to promote and market our ski programs in Gulmarg and our trekking expeditions all over the Himalaya. The name “Free Ski Himalaya” was chosen as it was closest to the description of the main activity we planned to run in this part of the world.
Since then Free Ski Himalaya has grown constantly and has become a professional and well established guiding company in Gulmarg with more than 150 guests from all over the world who participate every winter in the FSH powder ski programs. During the same time Gulmarg also became more known in the skiing community and has established itself as a preferred backcountry skiing resort on the ski destinations maps.
Whereas Gulmarg is today a known entity on the market Free Ski Himalaya has more or less remained the name of a website for Gulmarg ski and guiding services. The website is well positioned in search engines for a variety of keywords but the name “Free Ski Himalaya” has not turned into the brand name we feel is required for the long term market positioning of our activities. Read more