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Dang. I am highly intrigued.

 

Curious, how many female clients do you get, and are there any issues with traveling in these areas?

 

G'day segbrown,

 

  Thanks for the interest and the questions. We had our first female clients last season, they didn't seem to have any problems and had a great time. They were two pro-skiers we guided as part of the Soulryders production crew that were filming in Gulmarg with us. They were Kalen Thorien and Vanessa Aadland, both out of Salt Lake City and strong skiers. I know both of them really enjoyed their trips, I think they said the trip to Gulmarg was the best trip of their lives, so that's pretty good. I know Vanessa had such a life changing experience that she decided to stay and travel around India and Nepal. You should look them up on Facebook, they both have plenty of great photos and stories from their trip. Unfortunately they don't post here on Epic, but I'm sure if you sent them both a message via Facebook, they would give you their honest opinions.

 

  I think you will find most Kashmiri's to be very friendly, warm and hospitable. Most, especially those in Gulmarg, are very happy to see foreign tourists returning to Gulmarg and Kashmir, after the troubles of the 1990's. Here's a great video of a trip to Gulmarg by Salewa team rider's Eva Walkner and Katharina Schuler from 2012 - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aWmDTKMqSuY, it's a really good account of trip from a female perspective (but be warned, the overly husky German/English commentary is pretty powerful stuff!) . The other point to consider is that you would potentially be part of a bigger group, if you came on one of our trips. You always need to act act with common sense in regards to your own safety - ie. don't walk alone at night, stay with others, respect Muslim traditions etc etc, like you would do in many foreign/unfamiliar locations.

 

  Although the ratio of males to females coming to Gulmarg is skewed towards the male side, there are plenty of females coming to ski and ride in Gulmarg, from all over the world, you would not be alone. I think in general, the numbers of visitors coming from the US is pretty low, you tend to see a lot of Russians, Aussies, Kiwis, British, Scandinavians, French and other Europeans in Gulmarg. I've found Kashmiri's to be even more curious about American people. Another story that warms my heart somewhat is after I first bought some American friends to stay at the Hotel Heevan for the first time, back in 2010. The General Manager and I had a sit down and a chat at the end of our stay. He said to me in a moment of surprising honesty (which I personally really appreciated), "Matt, I had never had Americans staying at our hotel before and I admit, we were a bit nervous at first, but now, I want you to bring back more Americans next year, we really liked the Americans!" I thought that was really nice. I'm sure at some point, many of us have had stereotypical ideas of what people were like, often this can be influenced by what we read or hear.... I don't know what their ideas about Americans had been in the past, but I'm sure they had some stereotyped views of us too, so it was great to see some potential barriers, breaking down quickly. 

 

  My biggest concern when in Gulmarg is for our safety on the mountain and in particular, when other groups are skiing or riding near us. The decision making of others is often what worries me the most, I always encourage our groups to watch out for other groups skiing near, above or below us and make decisions relative to what other people in the vicinity are doing. We have a comprehensive avalanche safety training program at the start of our programs, it's something we take very seriously and hopefully we will be giving you/or reinforcing safer backcountry habits.

 

  As Mike said, we'll be running our official 2013/14 Gulmarg Powder Sessions launch night at the Hogshead Brewery in Denver, on Wednesday the 29th May, around 7pm. If you are around, it would be a good time to meet and learn more about the program.

 

Regards,

Matt

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I was thinking the same thing. (Also kids, as in foreign, tourist kids.) BTW, it's great to hear more local girls are getting out in the snow too.

 

Excellent trip report, thanks for sharing. 


G'day Turtle,

 

  Thanks for keeping up with the report. Regarding foreign, tourist kids, you don't see too many. I've seen a couple of kids with their parents (I would presume...) skiing from the mid-station of the gondola down to the bottom station and maybe one or two, skiing in the controlled area underneath the gondola. I've never seen any kids (depending on your classification of what age a kid is.....) skiing in the backcountry outside the controlled area. We wouldn't take anyone younger than 18 on our programs at this stage and I'd definitely be hesitant to recommend anyone else taking a minor into the backcountry in Gulmarg. Does that help you with your query Turtle?

 

Regards,

Matt

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Gulmarg has been on my radar for awhile.  It's a bucket list trip but it's expensive and somewhat risky (lift closures, etc. reminds me of Las Lenas in that respect) and in the prime of northern hemisphere ski season.   Nonetheless you're charging about the same for 2 weeks in Gulmarg as Extremely Canadian charges for one week.  The unreliability as at Las Lenas actually argues for a longer stay to increase your odds of getting a few days with the top lift open.  So definitely worth considering.

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Tony, the lift was far more reliable during my time there. It was down for two days because of the storm. They opened the chair on day 3. We didn't really expect them to open the upper stage on day 4 but they did.

My impression is that they've got a solution to the explosives problem that led to many of the closures before.

Mike
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Gulmarg has been on my radar for awhile.  It's a bucket list trip but it's expensive and somewhat risky (lift closures, etc. reminds me of Las Lenas in that respect) and in the prime of northern hemisphere ski season.   Nonetheless you're charging about the same for 2 weeks in Gulmarg as Extremely Canadian charges for one week.  The unreliability as at Las Lenas actually argues for a longer stay to increase your odds of getting a few days with the top lift open.  So definitely worth considering.

 

G'day Tony,

  Thanks for checking out the trip report. Glad you compared some prices, we feel we are good value for what our 2 week programs represent, especially as we focus on guiding and instruction. As Mike has witnessed, the gondola is definitely becoming more and more reliable. We've really noticed a change in the last 2 years, especially with the new chairlift and the snow safety team securing a more reliable source of commercial grade explosives from the military. Again, I must thank Brian Newman for his role in improving things in the snow safety realm and his team (plus the local patrol) are doing a great job under challenging conditions.

 

  Every year things seem to get a little smoother and more efficient. Whilst Gulmarg is a long way from being run to Western standards (which I hope it never does, maybe more people would come then! Hope that doesn't sound too selfish....), it's come a long way since I was first there in 2008. During our second session last winter, we were loading the top stage of the gondola between 9:00am and 9:15am, which was pretty good, I think before that, during session 1, we didn't get on till at least 9:30am. Speaking to some of the guys in charge, i think now they are starting to see the potential of the gondola for wintertime operations and are striving to lift their standards and improve their operational proficiency.

 

  I haven't skied in Las Lenas yet, but I've heard a lot about the Marte chairlift and it's importance to access great terrain. In my opinion, the best terrain in Gulmarg is accessed by the upper gondola, it does shut down during storms (rightly so!) but understand that we always have good skiing, during a storm; whether it be the hike-to runs off of Monkey Hill, the runs to Baba Reshi or Tangmarg  or when the chairlift opens, so we can always ski even if the gondola is down during the storm. We did plan our sessions to be 14 days (12 days of actual skiing) so that we increased the chances of being able to ski the upper mountain more frequently, it seems to be working out as last season we got plenty of runs in on the upper mountain. I think you should be able to get more than a few days in on the top of the gondola.

 

Regards,

Matt

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Alrighty, So a little bit more of the trip report to go. I'm going to have to speed it up a little now, summer guiding work had just started here in Telluride so I don't have as much time to post now, but I'll post the highlights of session 2, mainly in video form from now on after this. Now, back to where we were with the first session. We were coming to the end of the trip, the chairlift had opened up the day after the big storm had come through and we had had some amazing quick laps in the chairlift zone. The snow was showing good signs of stabilization and we were hopeful of the gondola re-opening the next day. Sure enough it did and it was another bluebird powder day.

 

  We got up early and headed down to the gondola. The crowds were definitely building and the Russians were up to their usual lift-line queue jumping antics.....grrrr! We made it to the middle station and straight in line for the 2nd stage. Looking at the mountain, it was going to be an epic day, but we were careful to take a cautious approach to the new snow and all the amazing terrain that awaited. Out goal was to keep clear heads and continue to make good decisions. Avalanche danger was rated at moderate, if I'm correct in my recollection. We had seen signs of the snow settling pretty quickly from the previous days skiing and there were no signs of any recent avalanche activity or major wind-loading. We knew the layers underneath were pretty strong; it was more of a question how the newer storm snow had bonded with the previous layers. We were optimistic given we had seen no new red flags, but our intent was to find an easier, safer line and test the snow to build confidence gradually. Our plan was to find a mellower ridgeline, closer to the gondola.  

 

  There was a bowl close to the gondola that was only lightly tracked. It also had a nice-looking ridgeline further down that we wanted to get to. So, we definitely skied this one at a time and looked for our island's of (relative) safety. The Sheenmai Bowl and one of the ridges, skied amazingly. This is how it looked.....

 

 

 

  This run was sweet and lots of fun. Good turns were had, the clients were looking a lot more confident with their turns. Our plan was to ski a similar line and aspect on our second run, so we traversed out further to the skier's right and found one of our favorite lines near the Army Camp, looking really good, in the Trajan Bowl area. We followed the same protocols and found great snow, again with good stability. Karl and I decided to do a little follow-cam action, on a shallower protected line on the way back to the gondola. Another sweet line.

 

 

 

  For our final run of the day, after we'd had lunch, we decided we would hike to the summit and head out and ski one of the Khilanmarg Bowls, to the skier's left of the mountain, if they were looking good. Now, unfortunately, this is where my stomach started to take a turn for the worse and I could feel the onset of some serious Delhi belly, our what I like to call, rapid weight loss time! I won't go into anymore details after this, but this was my last day of skiing with the group as I had to have Karl lead the group the next day. I took some anti-biotics and 48 hours later I was ready to go again. We started with a line towards the front of the Shark's Fin area. It's an easy traverse from there back to the right, to get to Khilanmarg. Well worth the extra effort to get some sneaky turns in. then back to the frontside of the mountain to ski the massive vertical in the Khilanmarg and the ski all the way back to the hotel. Here's the final run of the day, it was a big one but well worth it.

 

 

FUN!

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G'day Turtle,

  Thanks for keeping up with the report. Regarding foreign, tourist kids, you don't see too many. I've seen a couple of kids with their parents (I would presume...) skiing from the mid-station of the gondola down to the bottom station and maybe one or two, skiing in the controlled area underneath the gondola. I've never seen any kids (depending on your classification of what age a kid is.....) skiing in the backcountry outside the controlled area. We wouldn't take anyone younger than 18 on our programs at this stage and I'd definitely be hesitant to recommend anyone else taking a minor into the backcountry in Gulmarg. Does that help you with your query Turtle?

Regards,
Matt

My daughter's only 10, and I'm not planning on sending her into the backcountry anytime soon, you'll be relieved to hear! I was thinking (idly really) more of a resort-based experience, at least for her, but the logistics of that might be beyond us for now. I'm sure skiing in India would be an amazing experience for a child, but I suspect it could be irresponsible as a parent in light of the military thing, not to mention the risk of "rapid weight loss", in the meantime. Definitely something to file away for the future though (with or without children).
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Time to finish off this report and time travel forward a little.....

 

  So, the second session we had was a little different. For the final 2 weeks, we were going to be guiding around a film crew from the newly established Soulryders Production company - http://soulryders.com/#/travels/india-press-release/. They wanted to shoot in Gulmarg and we were there guides. It wasn't about just the skiing, they really wanted to capture the culture and the total experience, that a trip to Gulmarg encapsulates. So, this was an awesome opportunity to work with some established photographers/filmers and some up and coming young skiers. Behind the lense we had established ski photographers Will Wissman (http://willwissman.com/), Jeffrey Loewe and Rhys Logan. For the skiers we had Kalen Thorien, Vanessa Aadland, Thayne Rich, Tony Rossi and Soulryders owner and stunt monkey, Mark Kogelmann. Plus as a bonus, Dave Liechty, owner of Grace Skis (www.skigrace.com) had finally made the trip to Gulmarg after 2 years of having to listen to us on how good this place was.....

 

  This was a really fun time, showing these guys who are just about as passionate about skiing as we are, around our favorite piece of ski paradise. They had a ball and it was a pleasure showing them around. It was funny watching them interact with the locals, I thought the Kashmiri's were already pretty friendly people, but man, when the cameras came out, they really put on a show. I think Will said this was the best film trip he had ever done, which is a big call from someone who has the level of experience as he has. Unfortunately, I can't show you any of the footage or photos that I've been given, it's going to be produced this summer and hopefully we'll see it sometime in the fall maybe, but keep an eye out for it. I think Mark said a lot of the footage will be appearing in Nat Geo Adventure, but I'll keep you all posted if you like.

 

  I'm excited to see their output, the short previews that I saw looked amazing. They had 2 days where they chartered one of the Gulmarg Heliski choppers and they took them way out to ski some first descents. I know the guys were all pretty psyched when they came back from that, so I know they had a pretty epic time. A couple of the athletes made some nice little edits, check them out if you get a chance, I think they captured the spirit of their experiences quite well.

 

Vanessa Aadland -

 

 

Vanessa had such a great time in India that after the trip, she quit he job in the US so she could keep traveling around India and then on into Nepal, so you get to see a bit of everything from her video. Pretty cool stuff.

 

Tony Rossi -

 

 

 

I think both these video's showcase some different ways of using a GoPro, which is refreshing to see. Great job Tony and Vanessa.

 

 

  Working with a film crew is very different than guiding regular clients. With a film crew, there is a lot more time spent getting ready for a shot; if it was a jib-type feature, then the athletes would often hike back up to do it again or try a different trick. Often we would find ourselves standing at the top of the feature (out of camera shot!), making sure the athletes were safe and we would then sweep the area after everything was done. So, we skied a lot less, we would often spend several hours completing one run with all the shots they were getting. The good news was, we didn't have to go far to get good snow. We had a couple of decent storms during the session and it didn't take long for the snow to stabilize afterwards, so we definitely got the goods! So, I didn't get as much footage during the 2 weeks, but we had a couple of great days where the guys were filming from the heli and we just had 4 in our group and we got after it ourselves.

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Session 2, video highlights.....

 

 

This was a sweet line, untouched with deep snow in the Sheenmai Bowl area, close to the gondola. This was one of my best runs in Gulmarg ever, one of those runs I've only dreamed of; 4,200ft vertical of untouched snow. Definitely one of the best runs of my life. So, the next run we did this, out in the Shark's Fin area.

 

 

Some people say that Gulmarg doesn't have any real steeps. Well, if you ski in the Shark's Fin zone there are multiple lines in there, you can get as steep and as technical as you like. There are lots of options and it is not skied that often. This was one of the easier lines. So, after Shark's Fin we traversed back to the frontside of the mountain again and skied an untouched line in the Lienmarg area. It was pretty special. We hiked out past the army base on the edge of town and skitched back to our hotel. It was definitely the best single day of skiing I've ever had in Gulmarg. .

 

 

 

That's a nearly complete run in the Lienmarg area, one of our favorite areas in Gulmarg to find untouched pow. Hope you liked it and hope you can join us in 2013/14!

 

Regards,

Matt Appleford

The Adventure Project

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Its on my bucket listJust added it.

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Thanks to all those that came to the Denver launch on Wednesday night. It was a good night with a pretty good turnout and some genuine interest. For those that haven't seen it before or are curious of what the hotels are like, here's some footage of our two preferred hotel options, the Hotel Heevan Retreat (roughly 3 star Western standard) and the brand new, Khyber Himalayan Resort and Spa (5 star). 

 

 

Hotel Heevan Retreat

 

 

 

Khyber Himalayan Resort and Spa

 

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We've had quite a few people express interest in our trips or want to add it to their bucket list. Here's a quick rundown on what we are offering for next season. Thanks to everyone for looking through this thread so far!

 

"The Adventure Project is excited to announce the launch of our new Gulmarg Powder Sessions dates and prices for Winter 2013/14. All the details can be found on our website at www.theadventureproject.net and you can also find a lot of our newer Gulmarg photos and videos at our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Adventure-Project/144169795641847?ref=hl and on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/Mattadvproject. We have 2 hotel options for next winter and a guided only option, for those who have already organized their own accommodation. This season we have decided to package in the price of lift tickets to save a lot of time and offer greater convenience to our guest. We are also offering guests a $200 per person early bird discount, for guests that sign up and pay for one of our packages now (offer valid until June 30th, 2013).

  We operate in small groups, maximum 1 instructor/guide per 6 people during our intensive two week sessions. Our focus is to guide our clients to as much untouched powder as possible, but we can also work on technique and skier/rider improvement with constant on-mountain coaching and regular video analysis (when safe!) to really help you improve. We offer a comprehensive avalanche safety training program at the start of our sessions and we constantly reinforce these principles when out on the mountain. Gulmarg is an amazing place. It is a huge mountain that receives a lot of snow and is relatively uncrowded (maybe 200 to 300 people on a busy day). They have the world's second highest gondola that accesses some amazing terrain and you can find untouched lines for several days after a storm. For those willing to hike a short way for their turns, you can find untouched powder everyday. It's no exaggeration to say Gulmarg is like lift-accessible heli-skiing, but for only a few dollars a run. You will also get to experience a rewarding cultural experience too; the Kashmiri's are some of the most hospitable people on the planet and they are eager to welcome back winter tourists to the area.


2013/14 Gulmarg Powder Session dates are as follows:

Session 1: Sunday 26th January - Sunday 9th February 2014.

Session 2: Sunday 9th February - Sunday 23rd February 2014.

  
  We have two preferred hotel options for 2013/14; they are the 5 star Khyber Himalayan Resort and Spa and the 3 star Hotel Heevan Retreat. The new Khyber Resort was opened in December 2012 and is currently the finest hotel in Gulmarg, though it is still very affordable. You can check out the hotel at http://khyberhotels.com/ and you can see a quick video that we made of the hotel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BV34VrP0BgM. The Heevan has been our go to hotel for the last 3 seasons. We love the friendly welcome we receive each season and the excellent customer service our guests receive. At the Heevan, you are treated like family! Check out the Heevan at http://www.ahadhotelsandresorts.com/retreat.aspx?id=7 and watch our short video of the hotel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKMwKmGKNXI. We are confident you will like both of our hotel choices and feel that now we have options to suit all budgets and needs. We strongly recommend booking as early as possible to guarantee a place on one of our sessions, the better hotels tend to fill up early so don't hesitate. Last season we had to really scramble to find accommodation for some last minute bookings! You can book by emailing me at matt@theadventureproject.net or by filling out one of our booking request forms at http://www.theadventureproject.net/Booking-Form.html.


Prices for 2013/14 are as follows - (all prices per person, in $USD)


Khyber Himalayan Resort and Spa  

Single share - $4,780
Double share - $3,845
Triple share - $3,585


Hotel Heevan Retreat

Single share - $4,225
Double share - $3,550
Triple share - $3,420

Inclusions are:

- 13 nights accommodation in the Hotel Heevan Retreat or Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa.
- All dinners/breakfasts at the hotel.
- Greeting at the Srinagar Airport by Adventure Project representative.
- Transfers to and from Srinagar Airport to Gulmarg.
- 12 Full days of instruction and guiding from The Adventure Project instructor/guides.
- Comprehensive avalanche safety training.
- Feedback and analysis on skiing/riding technique by Adventure Project instructor/guides.
- All lift tickets.
- Final nights accommodation (including dinner/breakfast) on Dal Lake houseboat.
- Access to amazing equipment deals from The Adventure Project sponsors.

Exclusions are:

- Airfares.
- Indian Tourist Visa.
- Travel Insurance.
- Jeep transportation for lower tree runs.
- Lunches, snacks, beverages.
- Rental equipment.
- Additional Srinagar tours.
- Overnight accommodation in Delhi.
- Gratuities for Adventure Project staff, local drivers, hotel staff, etc.

  
  We are excited to build on the success of our tours from last winter. Look out for the footage produced by the Soulryders production team we guided in Gulmarg last season (http://soulryders.com/#/travels/india-press-release/). Rumor has it you might find some of their footage appearing in Nat Geo Adventure. Should be good!

Well, we'd love to have you come join us in Gulmarg this winter. Let me know if you have any questions,

Regards,


--
Matt Appleford
Owner - The Adventure Project
www.theadventureproject.net"
 

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Thanks to all those that came to the Denver launch on Wednesday night. It was a good night with a pretty good turnout and some genuine interest. ...

 

 

 

Will you be having any others? I was planning on coming, but then I decided I needed to go skiing the next morning, and I needed to finish some chores in order to do that (actually going skiing always beats talking about skiing, or watching others go skiing... smile.gif ). 

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To anyone that thinks this is expensive I can tell you its a bargain. Take a look at the rates for 4 days of skiing at Retallick or any other Cat skiing op; $750-$1000 (some higher) per day. This is about half of going to Chile or Argentina for 2 weeks.  

 

 

This is an adventure, its a life-trip. Skiing is just part of it.  Think about the value of this.  

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This is about half of going to Chile or Argentina for 2 weeks.

The land price, coincidentally, is right in the ballpark with what Extremely Canadian or Powderquest charges for one week of guided skiing in South America.   No question Gulmarg should be on my to-do list.

 

I believe Las Lenas is a fairly close analogy to Gulmarg.   Scale of what's lift accessible in terms of both acreage and vertical seems similar.   Las Lenas has more extreme terrain but I believe the odds for powder are better at Gulmarg.  Both are highly dependent upon one weather vulnerable lift for most of the skiing.  Gulmarg's skiing when the gondola is closed looks to be usually better than Las Lenas with no Marte. Mattadvproject says the reliability of Gulmarg's gondola is better than Marte's 40%.

 

What are the negatives vs. Las Lenas?

1) Time and expense to get to India vs. South America

2) Opportunity cost of giving up prime ski season at home for most of us vs. a ski trip in our off season. 

 

I suspect Mattadvproject will find numerous clients in Australia and New Zealand where the above issues work in his favor.

 

MatPatSki will point out that you can ski in South America on the cheap, as he has done in 5 seasons of his 7+ season ski streak.   This is mostly an apples and oranges comparison because he's been on his own and not guided.   Each resort needs to be assessed and an individual determination made whether it's crucial to the value of the ski experience to pay up for full time guides.  It was nice to have guides the first time at Las Lenas  but my son went back for a second trip on his own, and made some online connections in advance to share lodging and find compatible skiers.  There are some places like La Grave where I think it's a complete waste of time (or else completely reckless) to ski without guides.  At Gulmarg's current level of development, I think it's closer to La Grave in terms of the value added by guides.

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Tony, I'm a backcountry newbie.  I wouldn't have been comfortable skiing Gulmarg without a guide.  While much of the terrain isn't "gnarly," almost all of it is prime avalanche country.  And there are places where you can get yourself into trouble with choke points like waterfalls if you don't know the terrain.

 

There are relatively few skiers in Gulmarg.  If you get yourself into trouble, you might be waiting a very very long time before anyone happened on you.  While we were there, a guest broke their leg and he wasn't rescued until after 10 at night.

 

Don't think this is resort skiing.  It is backcountry skiing with access eased by a very big ski lift.   More like Silverton with a lot less people. This trip absolutely will require skinning at various points.  And because of the relatively light number of skiers/riders and the vast amount of terrain, there's less skier compaction than you get in many backcountry locations (including the cat trips I've done).

 

This is a life experience.  It's a great trip, an adventure.

 

Mike

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yeah, for a trip like this, you do it right to get the best of the experience. Again, this isn't just about making turns.  

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Will you be having any others? I was planning on coming, but then I decided I needed to go skiing the next morning, and I needed to finish some chores in order to do that (actually going skiing always beats talking about skiing, or watching others go skiing... smile.gif ). 


G'day segbrown,

  Thanks for the message. Sorry you couldn't make it on the night, the turnout was pretty good and I met a lot of interested people. It was fun. Unfortunately, I've no more plans for any other Denver showings; I live in Telluride so it's a pretty long haul and effort for me to come up each time. Unless there was a big crowd who wanted me to put on another show, I probably won't be coming back for a while..... If you had a group of interested people, then I could be talked into coming back.

 

  Not to worry though, if you have more questions you can always reach me here or via my work email at matt@theadventureproject.net, I'm happy to give you as much info as you need. My cell phone number is on the website too, if you have any urgent inquiries. It would be great to expand on our numbers of guests from Epicski, I think our programs have a lot to offer to the right people. I'm working on our new 2013/14 Gulmarg Powder Sessions client DVD right now, it will have a lot of skiing/boarding highlights in it and goes into a lot of detail about what a potential trip involves. Most of the footage (but not all of it!) and content will already be found in this trip report, but if you want a copy of that, along with our new brochure, then I can certainly send you a copy, plus it's free! Just need your address to send you it when it's ready. If anyone else reading this wants a copy, just send me an email. Remember folks, our early bird discount expires June 30th for those wanting to save a little money!

 

Regards,

Matt

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Last week of the Early Bird discount - $200 off per person from now until the end of June!

Regards,

Matt

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Dang. I am highly intrigued.

 

Curious, how many female clients do you get, and are there any issues with traveling in these areas?

 

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For the women who asked, this was a nice blog post by an Aussie woman about Gulmarg recently. 

http://nowripthis.wordpress.com/2012/03/06/gulmarg-2012/

 

And to add to the excitement, since that is part and parcel of going there (note Gulmarg itself has been remarkably free of let's say violence through most of the last 20 years, I have no idea why but it has remained this island of tranquility from what I understand) And I hasten to add, that area is amongst the most beautiful in the world since the mountains around you are so, so high! Nothing like it anywhere else on earth naturally..

http://www.gulmarg.org/ski-across-the-fence-to-pakistan/

 

Maybe I will make it there one day to ski too with you guys but have to work out some logistics on this end first!

Thanks for the links. 

post #51 of 51

Hello guys

 

Gulmarg is on my bucket list - once my skills AND finances are in the right place.


As for violence in Kashmir, let me state the fact: The people of Kashmir will never be chest-thumping patriotic Indians. Also, the Indian Government doesn't do a whole lot to improve the lot of Kashmiris, such as building rail links etc. The government also reserves the right to swarm Kashmir with soldiers and impose curfew whenever they feel like it. I just hope this doesn't affect the skiing, but this is the reality right now. 

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