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Skiing in Jammu and Kashmir

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Jammu and Kashmir provides full of exhilarating and exciting experience of "rapid with Snow" for adventure enthusiast. Gulmarg, 50km from Srinagar in Kashmir valley is considered as the ski paradise of India. Gulmarg changes its scenery from a flowery meadow to that of a Ski Resort in winters. Ski – lovers from all over the world flock to the place because it is the only ski-resort in the mighty Himalayas where you can enjoy ski with a magnificent view of the Karakorams. Gulmarg provides an altitude difference of over 1,500 m with lengths of more than 10 km.

 

At Gulmarg, one can hire the latest Austrian and French equipments. The best season for skiing is mid-January to mid-April and the road is kept open to Gulmarg during the winter.There are cross-country runs apart from downhill skiing and there are most exciting and delightful excursions to the shrine of Baba Reshi through the 'powder chute'.

 

Heli-Skiing:

Heli-skiing is one of the most exciting and delightful activity for adventure enthausiast and there are numerous possibilities of finding new tracks throughout the winter season. There are other places apart from Gulmarg, where one may find the pleasure of skiing including Srinagar. Ski tours from Pahalgam to Sonamarg through high mountain passes are demanding and exciting.

 

Ski Experts Says:

The herds of yaks, sheep and goats roaming the mountain in summer (up to 16,500 feet) keep up lots of small footpaths, insuring therefore a real protection against avalanches in winter. Today unfortunately, this natural equilibrium has disappeared from our Alpine ski resorts.

 

Snow Condition:

Snow falls in Jammu and Kashmir from November till May. Deep powder snow till end of March, then you will find a spring snow that only Himalayas can offer and some powder snow depending on the lie of the slopes. The Himalayas provide an amazing diversity of slopes which satisfy the most experts and demanding skiers.

 

Required Equipment:

Everyone should have his own ski boots. For those who do not wish to transport their own skis, "Volant" skis, specially meant for powder snow (along with poles), are available at an extra charge. If you contemplate renting skis, please indicate the length on your registration form.