Gulmarg or "the meadow of flowers" is a prominent hill resort located about 35 kilometers from Srinagar, which is a popular hill station in North India. Tourists on a trip to Srinagar never miss Gulmarg due to the splendid view of the dazzling snow clad Pir Panjal ranges and the green meadows passing through this valley.
Gulmarg receives the heaviest snowfall among all the Himalayan ranges and this has led to the development of the best Ski Resort in Himalayas. Introduced by the British Army officers this ski resort has been gaining immense popularity in powder skiing and the tourists enjoy a memorable time in trying out various skiing activities and participating in the annual skiing competitions during the Easter and the Christmas.
The best time to enjoy skiing in Gulmarg is from November to February. The skiing clubs provide all the necessary equipments and accessories like skis, sticks, snow boots, gloves, goggles, jackets, woolen socks, mufflers and one can hire these according to the requirement. The instructors and guides are of great help both for the fresher and the experienced skiers. The thrill and the charm experienced in skiing as one glides down the snow covered valleys through beautiful snow coated alpine forests cannot be put in words.
Various courses on skiing have been taken up by the Jammu and Kashmir state Department of Youth Services and Sports (DYSS) in collaboration with the state tourism department. After a preliminary selection process sixty students are finally selected for the training for a three level skiing course. Accommodation, food and skiing equipments are borne by the State Tourism Department. The Indian Institute of Skiing and Mountaineering also offers a fifteen day skiing course for the beginners. Though it is not the best in India, still this institute takes enough efforts to promote adventure sports like trekking and skiing in Gulmarg area.
Heli skiing is going to be introduced in Gulamar in the coming winter season that will the first of its kind in Asia. Descending down the slopes from a high altitude in heli skiing will allow one to explore the gorgeous Gulmarg with endless powdered snow runs over the snow covered valleys. Heli skiing is going to be another wonder in Gulmarg apart from the existing Gondola ride in high altitudes.
Skiing in Gulmarg should be not done without a guide. An experienced guide leads the skiers through the best slopes, terrains and valleys having minimum risks. These guides help the tourists in skiing and snowboarding in a gondola. In case of any avalanche, which is a common danger in Gulmarg, these guides are highly efficient and well trained in tackling this danger and saving lives.
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