As we run our ski programs in Gulmarg in Kashmir, I have already written a number of blogs on skiers’ safety in this part of the world. Due to the increased acts of terror also in our part of the world, the fear of traveling has once again risen, and people are reluctant to book trips, especially to areas with a majority Muslim population.
In my opinion, life is too short not to do the things you love, and therefore I would like to begin my blog with a quote by the deaf-blind American writer Helen Keller:
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.”
For travelers, this means we either surrender to the perceived threats and stay at home living an uneventful life within our four walls, or we accept the challenge and refuse to become prisoners of the fear of potential terror acts executed by indoctrinated extremists and mad “mentally disturbed” psychopaths where ever they can. Read more
Winter 2011 in Gulmarg – A Retro Perspective
A few days ago I completed my 2011 winter ski season with some last turns in excellent snow conditions on the Glacier 3000 near Gstaad in Switzerland. Now it is time to look back on the season in Gulmarg and to share our experience with interested parties. First, however, I want to thank all our guests for the trust they have put in us and for their participation in our programs. It was thanks to their feedback and encouragement that we were able to improve the service level of our partner hotel and they also have provided the framework for our guides and drivers to test and strengthen their professional skills and capabilities. I am pleased to note that today we are well positioned to offer a wider spectrum of programs and to better address the diversity of expectations of our guests.
I would like to start this Gulmarg 2011 review by introducing a slideshow with pictures taken by the renown photographer Yves Garneau whom I had the pleasure to accompany for a photo shooting in Gulmarg’s ski area.
Off course also this year many guests have documented their stay in Gulmarg on videos and shared their impressions with the public. Most of their video posts you find here http://www.facebook.com/freeskihimalaya and on Free Ski Himalaya’s web page http://www.freeskihimalaya.com/Gulmarg_References.htm. Read more
Adventure Travel – Effective Relaxation and Increased Self Awareness
The pressure put on us by our jobs and our personal environment has been constantly increasing over the past few years. More and more we have become prisoners of our daily routines. Relationship turbulences, fears of losing the job, increased traffic, financial worries and existential fears or health issues are some of the main reasons that impact and complicate our being. Often we feel as if we were trapped in a vicious circle that can’t be left, in a stage that is considerably compromising our physical and mental wellbeing.
The main question therefore is what we can do to leave all our daily stress factors behind and escape from the everyday routines. Read more
Ski vacations in the Himalaya Mountains, especially at the ski resort of Gulmarg in Kashmir are gaining popularity and therefore more and more people are looking for useful information on safety issues in this region. Good sources of information are usually the online versions of the daily newspapers or websites like „Kashmir Watch“ which gives an overview on the present conflict status. Individual travelers are advised to also consult the Kashmir travel advisory of the state department/foreign office of their country of residence. Read our update of November 3, 2013 here: Gulmarg Safety Considerations
As organizers of ski and freeriding programs in Gulmarg we are not only responsible for the safety of our guests on the mountains but must also assure their well being during the whole duration of their ski vacation in Kashmir. Before interested skiers book with us we are often confronted with the following question „Is it true that the ski resort of Gulmarg is located in a disputed area and regularly targeted with acts of violence?”. Read more