Let It Snow
Gulmarg is where I first learnt to ski, it’s also the only place I’ve seen my dad and mum on skis. Some of my fondest memories are of winters spent on the slopes of Gulmarg— skiing during the day and relaxing in the evening near the bukhari of the lounge of the Highland Park hotel, resting my tired muscles just enough to be able to hit the slopes again.
Gulmarg offers something for every type of skier— from the beginner to the expert. There are four drag lifts in the main bowl catering to beginners and also intermediate- level skiers. During the school holidays, the queues for the lifts can be a bit long as a number of courses are run by the government, so be prepared to wait. For the more daring, the gondola phase one will take you up to 11,400 ft and phase two up to 13,700 ft. You can choose between beaten pistes and the best powder snow you can imagine. There is a new chairlift between these two phases as well to widen your options. Don’t worry about equipment. Excellent quality ski gear is available on rent. Also there are very good instructors to help you start from scratch or brush up your skills. I can’t wait for the winter to return so I can get back on those slopes. If any of you come to Gulmarg after reading this and you see me on the slopes, do come and say hi.