West of Srinagar in the Pir Panjal Range of Kashmir, the Gulmarg Ski Resort has a 4,124m summit (Kongdoori Mountain) accessible by a single gondola with a 1,350m vertical drop. The gondola goes up to 3,979m so you'll have to hike the rest to the summit. In addition, there are 5 Poma lifts servicing the easier terrain. Overall, there are 3km of pistes. Also, there are 10km of off-pistes routes. And, there are extensive backcountry opportunities across 4 ski fields spreading over 18 bowls. In general, many consider the Gulmarg as a lift-accessible backcountry ski area where avalanche safety gear is highly recommended.
Make sure to check out the lift-accessed 900m vertical chutes off Aparwat Mountain (3,962m).
To reach the snowboarding at Gulmarg Ski Area, the best bet is to fly into Srinagar, Kashmir, from New Delhi. Gulmarg is only a 1 hour drive from Srinagar (52km), but it may take up to 2 hours in the winter (or 3 hours depending upon army checkpoints). There are buses that make the run from Srinagar to Tangmarg, and then you will need to hire a taxi for the last 45 minutes up the hills to Gulmarg. All travel must be completed before sunset. When snowboarding and freeriding internationally, it is important to get a travel insurance policy that covers emergency rescue, medical expense and evacuation. There are many destinations that will not initiate rescue or medical treatment without prior payment or proof of insurance. In many cases, the rescue fees, medical fees or evacuation to a reputable hospital can total tens of thousands of dollars. Plans such as GEOS SAR100 or IMG Patriot Travel Medical Insurance are well worth the per-trip cost of $130 to $200 USD.
Overall, Gulmarg Ski Area is the 1st most popular snowboard & freeride destination of all 9 snowboarding resorts in India.
Local Contacts: Kashmir Alpine (kashmiralpine.com); Gulmarg Powder Guides (www. gulmargpowderguides. com); Krystalline guide service 91-9624448850.
Best Season: Jan. - Mar.
Base Camp: The Hotel Heevan, Gulmarg (00 91 22 2404 2211); Hotel Highlands Park
Luxury Loding: Pine Palace Resort, Gulmarg +91-01954-254466; The Vintage Gulmarg Hotel +91 1954 254582
Reference Source: click here http://www.skihimalaya.com/
GPS: 34.062044, 74.388287
Date Published: 2/29/2016
Date Updated: 7/27/2016
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