Heli-Skiing Base: Apherwat Peak
Facilities: T-Bars & Chair
Lifts, Toboggans, Sledges, Snow Cycles
Skiing Season: December To March
One of the
major attractions for adventure loving tourists is skiing in the
Himalayas. Gulmarg, the best ski
resort in the Himalayas, was first established by the British in
1927, when two British Army Officers, Maj. Metcarp and Maj. Hadow
had setup the Ski Club of India at Gulmarg.
become very popular during the pre-independence years and Gulmarg
used to host two main events, one each during Christmas and Easter.
In 1938-39 about 500 skiers are reported to have participated in the
Christmas and Easter ski races. Gulmarg's atmosphere can generally
be identified with 1940's and 50's European skiing—‘the Alps of
good old days’. It has good sunshine as well as good snow.
holds a position as one of the highest lift-served ski resorts in
the world. This is due to setting-up of a Gandola Cable Car Lift
from Gulmarg to Apharwat top. Presently, only the first section of
the Gandola, from Gulmarg to Kongdori is operational, giving
a downhill ski run of about 3 kms. In addition, three ski lifts and
one chair lift also service the resort, which are suitable for
beginners and intermediate-level skiing, respectively.
season in Gulmarg usually commences
before Christmas (around middle of December) and continues
till middle of April. In January-February, 1998 the first National
of India were held at Gulmarg, for which the facilities were
enormously improved and upgraded. The resort acquired two Kasse
Bohrer snow beating machines used for preparing skiing
slopes, and five snowmobiles, which can be made available for
going up the mountain. Good quality equipment, including skis,
boots, sticks, gloves and goggles are available on hire on the spot
from the Government-run ski shop. There are also trained instructors
available for guiding the tourists. Gulmarg
is ideally suited for learning skiing, as it is probably the
cheapest ski resort in the world.
back, the famous French skier Sylvain Saudan, had started Heli-skiing
in the Himalayas for European skiers. He would take the skiers by
helicopter on top of Gulmarg mountain and other peaks in the area
from where they would ski down the immense Himalayan slopes. This
programme has been suspended for the time being.
enjoyable aspect of a winter sojourn in Gulmarg is the friendly
atmosphere. It is like being in a family where everybody knows every