Gulmarg - The Perfect Place for Ski Vacations
The ski resort of Gulmarg is located in one of the most scenic areas of Kashmir and lies 52 kilometers south west of the capital Srinagar at an altitude of 2'730 meters. In 1927 the ski and snowboard area in Gulmarg was discovered by British residents who were immediately attracted to its beautiful landscape. In the years to come it became a preferred ski area and a trekking and golf destination for foreign residents and visitors from all parts of the world. The skiing area in Gulmarg offers a unique view on the 8'126 meter Nanga Parbat and many other high peaks.
Gulmarg's ski terrain is located in the Pir Panjals, one of the six ranges which make up the Himalayas. Situated at the western extremity of the world's highest peaks, the Pir Panjals are the first mountains to be hit by the westerly and south westerly storms which roll over the Indus river flood plains each year, providing the greater part of the Himalaya's winter snowfalls. Extensive snowfalls of more than 20 meters in a season make the ski area in the ski resort of Gulmarg a true ski vacations paradise for skiers and snowboarders.
The six seat gondola in the ski resort of Gulmarg was build by the French Poma Group and installed in the years 1998 (phase 1) and 2005 (phase 2). It ascends from 2'650 meters via a middle station with restaurant at 3'050 meters to an elevation of 3'990 meters, providing lift served access to a vast and untracked ski and snowboard terrain with long powder snow descents of up to 1'800 vertical meters.
For the coming winter season we expect that heli skiing will be available for the first time in Gulmarg. The chosen heli ski area is located around the highest peak of the Pir Panjals, the 4'745 meters high Sunset Peak. Due to its location and topography this terrain offers excellent conditions for heli ski vacations with attractive and challenging freeriding descents of more than 2'000 vertical meters.
The beauty of its landscape and the availability of attractive mountain sports activities make the ski resort of Gulmarg the insider's tip for mountain sports enthusiasts from all over the world. A 270° view on the ski and snowboard area of Gulmarg and its mountains you find by clicking on the "Mini Trail Map" symbol below: