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04-01-2008, 04:01 PM #1
Gulmarg 2008 TR (2/3)
I had heard that Gulmarg is great when the gondola is open, but that there is not much to do when the gondola isn’t running. Lies, falsehoods, blasphemy. As long as your willing to get off your ass you can ski all day every day. Amazing tree runs, psychotic Sumo rides, everything is possible.
Because of the wars between India and Pakistan, it was impossible to get a topographic map of the area, making it an area where it is pure guess and check as to steepness, hidden ridges and gullies, and where you will end up. Many of the runs you can do during storm days are down to lower roads where a Sumo will pick you up for another lap.
Sumo = POS 2-wheel drive SUV. Bald tires, crazy drivers, all of whom insist on using only one chain…
While runs down to Barbarishi Shrine and Tangmarg are fun, for a truly unique experience make a run down to Drang.
Tons of mini hits coming down to the village
To say there is fun stuff around is an understatement
Eventually, you come to a river, with a sick log crossing
After a short 15 minute bootpack/skin you end up at this sign
And then you enter Drang village. You can skate/glide the entire way through the village, looking at people that still survive on subsistence agriculture for the most part. The first time through, I was forced to wait for cows/goats to cross before I could continue on…
An average house
All the kids in the town engulf you when they find out there are skiers coming through. And they always know…because of ‘back siking” They jump on the back of your skis, hold onto your backpack, and yell at you to go.
Some pictures of the local kids
To get back to Tangmarg where you can get a Sumo to Gulmarg, you have to cross one more bridge. When you take off your skis the local kids quickly grab them and use them as sleds or even attempt to ski.
Sometimes if it has been snowing hard(which it normally does) the bridge is covered in snow and you can ski across it. This is one of my favorite photos from the entire trip.
Close up of snow covered mosque
After that it is a short walk/ski back to Tangmarg, where you can hop into a Sumo and do it all over again!
If you don’t want to go down to other towns or the snow is just too heavy lower down you can do quick laps on Monkey Hill(right behind my hotel). Monkey hill is short(~600ft vert) but steep and filled with tons of fun stuff.
Tune in again next week for the conclusion of our tale, what to do when the snow stops falling and the sky is blue. Here’s a teaser…
Last edited by mc_roon; 10-27-2008 at 02:13 AM.
04-01-2008, 04:04 PM #2
dude, seriously this is ****'s rad. Thanks!"It is not the result that counts! It is not the result but the spirit! Not what - but how. Not what has been attained - but at what price.
- A. Solzhenitsyn
04-01-2008, 04:09 PM #3
bout fucking time man. sick pictures, did your mom stop pulling her hair out when you got back?
04-01-2008, 04:11 PM #4
That looks rad!!!!!!!Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Powder
04-01-2008, 04:11 PM #5....................
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been looking forward to this!
About as far from Santa Clara as you could get, eh?
04-01-2008, 04:13 PM #6This not my pee
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04-01-2008, 04:13 PM #7
That didnt dissapoint. But that teaser...holy crap.
04-01-2008, 04:14 PM #8
sick pics, can't wait for the next batch
04-01-2008, 04:14 PM #9
fuck. your contribution has made my japan vs gulmarg decision alot harder.
04-01-2008, 04:14 PM #10
Burning seething jealousy burning a hole in my gut... or is that some Kashmiri food?
This TR Series kicks ass. Thank You!
04-01-2008, 04:33 PM #11
04-01-2008, 04:34 PM #12
I am so incredibly jealous. This TR is awesome in every way.
04-01-2008, 04:49 PM #13
Would be cool if you could post some "boring" info:
- How to get there and how much does it cost once there
- Snow type - cement vs fluff. Although the pics seem to suggest fluff
and most importantly: How often does that gondola actually runs
Thanks for sharing!
Not too bad, they seem to have satellite TV (does it work?)
04-01-2008, 04:56 PM #14
That TR is the dogs bullocks.
04-01-2008, 05:04 PM #15Registered User
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04-01-2008, 05:22 PM #18
I know where I am going to try and go next year!
04-01-2008, 05:32 PM #19
Mind = blown.
04-01-2008, 06:12 PM #20
Excellent TR. Gulmarg is now on my short-list of places I need to visit before I die.
04-01-2008, 06:16 PM #21
that's really sweet. thanks for sharing.
i too would like to know the answers to the "boring questions".
04-01-2008, 06:18 PM #22
That is so amazing. What a sweet place to go skiing. And it looks like there is tons of snow.
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