Who wants to be a millionaire? Well that’s how I felt skiing in Gulmarg 🙂
Gulmarg is a popular ski resort in Kashmir. My friends and I were thrilled to try skiing for the first time and could not wait to get there.
The only way to reach the ski slopes of Gulmarg is via the ropeway. We waited patiently in line for our turn. The place was very crowded and not organized 😦
There is a base point before Gulmarg where you rent plastic boots and overcoats due to the snow.
I personally felt it is not required. If you have sturdy walking shoes and are already carrying an overcoat don’t rent.
The boots mostly have tiny holes in the sole and you will only find out once you walk in the snow, when your feet get wet and frozen 😦
And the rented overcoats may not be clean 😦
It was a short ride on the ropeway. I could see forests below and the melting snow.
There are two levels of the ropeway. The first level takes you to the mountains where you can ski and watch the majestic mountains all around you. This is the most popular level.
The second level is higher and you can do the same things, but I guess with better views and lesser crowds.
This level was closed due to heavy snowfall so we went to level one.
Level 1 was crowded and chaotic. There were vendors selling food stuff.
Local guides, ski experts, snow sport vendors kept approaching us asking if we wanted to ski, snow board, sledge etc.
It felt like a local village fair 🙂
We got talking with one of the ski guides and bargained with him before finalizing the deal.
I would recommend not to try any other activity besides skiing as I did not find it good enough to spend my time or money.
Skiing was enjoyable and a great experience. Loved it and would have done it better if the crowds were less. Most of the time I was afraid I would collide into someone and injure them and myself.
I felt like a millionaire skiing …with my skis, boots, poles, sun glasses and long overcoat 🙂
One more activity ticked off my bucket list.
Do wear sunglasses to escape the harsh glare of the snow.The rolling snow bound slopes are a treat for the eyes.
For the full story of my Kashmir holiday read – MY KASHMIR HOLIDAY