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They just posted one of the last avalanche reports in Gulmarg for the season. A massive storm has arrived and will dump more than 2m of snow from now until Saturday. Wow, I can't imagine how good it's going to be once the snowpack has settled down. Anyone want to go? My visa is still valid!

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As I quietly sob over the thought of missing out on 2m of new snow in Gulmarg, I can only console myself by posting more video from our trip. So, here's some more......

 

Friday 14th February

 

  We'd had a nice day of skiing low-angle untouched (but most importantly!), safe pow, the day before. We'd had to work hard for our turns and I think we were all feeling pretty tired the next day. Stefan and Russell were going to take a rest day, so it was just Vinnie, Dean, Dawood and myself. My thought was to skin over to the Lienmarg area, via a side trip to the Shark's fin area. Shark's Fin is a northern aspect and was a safer aspect stability wise. We had seen another large group ski it a few days previously and it had looked good. With a few extra days for it to stabilize even more, then it should be a good option.

 

  It's a decent hike though; we hiked towards the summit area but then cut left. I think it took us just over an hour to get to the top of the run. It looked good; a little bit of wind-blown snow had blown in and the old tracks were nearly filled in, but not enough to form any windslab. There was a funky, small lower ledge to flat spot to negotiate, but once you were past that, the skiing and snow was good. The pitch is fun, probably 40 degrees plus as the slope rolls over. The turns were fun and we skied it one at a time. This is where Vinnie had the infamous double ejection, full rotation to airbag deployment (see http://vimeo.com/86899150 if you haven't seen it already). 

 

  Then it was time to traverse out to the Lienmarg area. We made it without putting the skins back on but it was hard work. In hindsight, I should have put the skins on and hiked a little higher, it would have been less work instead of breaking trail the whole way. Still, always good to work out the upper body too! We made it to our ridge and stopped for a spot of lunch. I had some hard boiled eggs and a croissant I had taken from breakfast for lunch (my stomach didn't feel to good after the eggs, rapid weight loss and anti-biotics/immodium ensured that night....).

 

  There was another group their having lunch as well. They were from all over the world, from NZ, Canada, France and Russia, quite the eclectic mix. We told them our plan (so as to avoid skiing on top of each other) and watched them ski all at the same time down the next ridge to the skier's right. Yep, good call to tell them our plan.....

 

  The goal was to get safely down the ridge, just picking our way one at a time, down to the paperbark tree zone where the skiing would surely be good. And good it was! The skiing was amazing. A lot of the upper parts of the tree zones had slid and didn't have a lot of snow on them. We found an awesome line with steep pillow sections and nice light untouched snow, just by staying on the main ridgeline. This was some of the best turns I've ever had in Gulmarg and my personal ski highlight for the trip. I apologize for all the hooting and hollering in the video, it was hard not to..... Enjoy! (try and watch all the way to the tree skiing part as it was pretty fun!)

 

 

 It was a big hike to get out. We experimented with putting both skis into touring mode and just having one skin on, so you could push and glide. It worked pretty well; it would have been much easier if the track wasn't covered in deep boot pack holes. Mushtaq was waiting for us when we got past the High Altitude Warfare Training School and it was a relief to see him and ride back in the taxi. We had to lie to Russell and Stefan about the quality of the skiing and tell them it was terrible (didn't want them to feel bad about missing the day).....

 

Matt

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Saturday 15th February

 

  Thankfully for me, the meds were working a charm and I was feeling much better. My energy levels were back up and I was keen to hit up the Lienmarg area again, this time we'd have the full crew back in tow. I was keen to show Russell and Stefan what "terrible" skiing they'd missed out on the day before. We could miss the Shark's Fin part and just head straight to the ridge.

 

  We'd hit an easy face on the way down for a couple of untouched low angle turns and then continue the traverse down from the summit area. The plan would then be to head to the exact same ridgeline, but this time head more right and ski a slightly different ridgeline into the trees. Again, we would have to pick our way carefully down the ridge and get to our zone safely.

 

  All went according to plan until the clouds rolled in by the time we made it to the trees. This was ok in the trees, but when we exited them we came to a huge open area with good snow on it. It would have been a lot of fun, but the lack of visibility and contrast meant we had to pick our way down through the final part of the run, which was a shame. Still, it was another awesome day with plenty of hooting and hollering (and other strange noises) from me.

 

 

Matt

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Sunday 16th February

 

  We all had a much needed rest day and we went for a walk around town to meet some of the locals. As always, they did not disappoint. You can check out the photos and write-up I posted previously, for all that.

 

Monday 17th February

 

  Vinnie wasn't up for skiing so we down to Stefan, Dean, Russell, Dawood and myself. It was time to head down to Drang! Drang is always a fun day out, it's a nearly full day ski with over 6 miles of off-piste skiing. It's also pretty accessible without any skinning or major amounts of hiking. To get to Drang, you have to ski south from the gondola, past the lower army base and hopefully not get chased by the annoying dogs..... Then you have several lines down to Drang. The challenge is to stay high in the lower drainages, otherwise you get sucked into the deep gullies that never ski well.

 

  If you find one of the 3 ridgelines that head down to Drang, then you can normally find great skiing in the trees before having to enter the main gullies. The later you have to drop in, the better the skiing. This time, I wanted to explore the furthest south zone and ridgeline. This for me was the missing link, I'd done the other ridges and gullies multiple times and was ready to explore somewhere new. Dawood had skied down there before, so I was feeling good about skiing this new line.

 

  It skied ok, we found some sweet lines at the top and one short bowl section that was really good. Then we got into the trees and had ourselves a little adventure. I didn't get any footage of the encounter at the hidden army base, but that was definitely a memorable experience (see earlier in the blog). The climb out over the ice wall was also a highlight. That's in the video. Here's the footage of the skiing.

 

 

Matt

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Hello Bears,

  Sorry it's been a while since the last post. It's time to finish off this blog me thinks, just a couple more days of footage to go..... In the meantime, the Soulryders crew just released episode 4 of Lines of Control. For those that have been checking out all the previous episodes...... it's not on the EpicTV website yet, but Zeal just put it out on their website. In this episode you get to meet Yasin, local ski shop owner in Gulmarg and one of the nicest people you will ever meet. He has lot's of entertaining stories and knows the history of Gulmarg really well. He also has a shop that sells Gulmarg t-shirts and has some of the whitest teeth in Gulmarg, they are dazzling! He's a good guy and his son races for the Indian ski team. Definitely someone you want to meet in Gulmarg. Anyway, here's the link to the Soulryders new video from Gulmarg, whilst I edit the next video from The Adventure Project.

 

http://soulryders.com/zeal-optics-releases-srp-edit/

 

Hope you like it!

 

Matt

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Right, allegedly back in the swing of things now.....

 

Tuesday 18th February

 

  So, we'd all had a lot of fun skiing down to Drang the previous day. We were starting to gain a little more confidence with the snow and the group I think appreciated not having to work (ie. hike!) as much for their turns. So, we decided another Drang day was in order. This time we would aim for the middle ridge and not traverse out as far skier's right. The video doesn't get to any decent skiing for a while, but there are some highlights in there. Around the 0:23 mark we get chased by the dogs that like to hang out at the lower army base. Friendly little critters! They do like to bark and chase after you but if you hold your ground, they tend to back off. The strategy is normally don't be last as that person gets chased the most..... In this case I had no option as I was following up at the back of the group and I had to pick up Vinnie's GoPro that he had managed to knock off the top of his helmet whilst ducking under the army camp boundary rope. Exciting times! The video is sped up in a lot of places, but I wanted to show you nearly a complete run down to Drang. I didn't include any footage after we got into the main drain as that would have taken too long.

 

 Anyway, we managed to find a couple of decent pitches of snow along the ridgeline. It was very tempting to drop in to one of the early tree chutes, but I was wary of dropping in too early as that gets you into the main drains early and there is never fun skiing to be had in there. So, the challenge was to try and ignore the temptation of the upper glades and drop a face a little lower down. We found a pretty good shot in the trees and skied it down to the bottom of the drain. The main gully was nasty, with chunks of debris everywhere and sun crusts on the left side. It was easiest to stay up a little higher on the right side of the gully, out of the nasty stuff. We saw a ton of untouched faces above us that still looked really good (an idea for later perhaps?). We made it a ways down before we ran out of options and had to ski in the gully again. Unfortunately this is where Stefan got caught in some avi debris and had a decent crash. His ankle was pretty sore and hard to put much weight on it. We had the option of putting him in the rescue sled and dragging him out, but to his credit, he wanted to soldier on and managed to ski out of it. It took a while but we made it out to the awaiting taxi. Unfortunately, that would be Stefan's last day of skiing for the trip with his injured ankle to sore and swollen to ski on.

 

 

 

We decided to ski Drang again the next day, but this time we had an idea to ski a lot of the untouched lower tree faces we had traversed underneath on the way out. More to come soon......

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Wednesday 19th February

 

  The rest of the gang decided they wanted to go back down to Drung again (3 times in as many days is a record for me!), but this time we would try and milk the untouched faces we had seen the previous day on the second Drung ridgeline. Stefan unfortunately would not be joining us this time...... The plan would be to head to the same spot as the previous day but go further down the ridge before we dropped in. If we kept our lines short and kept cutting skier's right, then we could ski a bunch of untouched faces. The temptation would be if we found a really tasty, untouched line up high then it would be hard to not want to ski it all the way down into the drainage, but if we didn't give into temptation and cut it short each time, then we could ski a lot of untouched snow. This would involve some bushwhacking as we traversed skier's right each time, but the real test would be sticking to the plan and not skiing the first or second lines down into the drain.

 

  Well, I'm happy to say we achieved our goal and I think for me this was the second best days skiing of the trip as we skied a lot of untouched snow. This snow was more than 2 weeks old but was still holding up really well. I was definitely hooting and hollering in this video a lot more than the previous days...... I think we skied 6 or 7 untouched faces in all and nailed the plan perfectly. The only downside was the storm that was coming in made the light a little flat, but it was still a very fun day. We finished off the day with a great late lunch at the Downhill Restaurant in Drung, the Butter Chicken was on the menu and tastes awesome! Yum!

 

 

Only one more day of skiing to go.......

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Thursday 20th February

 

  Well sadly, this turned out to be the last day of skiing for our fearless posse. Stefan and Dean were leaving early to head back to Srinagar and their last night on the houseboats, so we were down to Vinnie, Russell, Dawood and myself. Vinnie was struggling with a cold and didn't think he could make it through a full day. Russell was fighting fit and raring to go. The avi report had said that there had been some new snow but with some winds, expect wind drifts up to 70cm's deep and heightened avalanche conditions. That could spice things up a little bit and also, we had the crazy Chinese Downhill that the Kashmir Heliski team had been putting together going on as well, so could make for an exciting day.

 

  The first plan of attack was to take a look at the mountain and get a feel for the potential change in the conditions. Looking up from the mid-station of the gondola, the mountain did look like a lot of the tracks had been filled in. We'd need to see up-close exactly how much new snow there had been and how much had been blown in, if there could be any sensitive new windslab. We'd probably want to do our first run in the gondola bowl to get a feel for things. We watched people ski down from the top as we approached the top of the gondola, some new snow but definitely not 70cm drifts.

 

  We dropped in, the snow at the top was pretty good, my 138mm underfoots were not quite hitting the bottom, so it was a nice ride. The further down we got, the shallower the new snow and by about a third of the way down, the ride was pretty firm and I was definitely feeling over-gunned. Russell on his 120mm waisted skis was having a blast, same with Vinnie. Vinnie was definitely skiing slower than usual, his stamina was pretty shot by the end of the run. He was done and decided to head over to the tented area at the bottom of the Chinese downhill course to see if there was going to be any action anytime soon. 

 

 

Runs 2 and 3 coming up soon.....

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ThIS most unique ski TR ROCKS! thanks for the education . Next time you need armed mountain troops skiing outrider for the crew to make this crackling !-)
Very interesting, informative read
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I was hoping to go to Gulmarg when I was in India this past February through early March but, was way busy in Mumbai. I will be back in the country this fall and hope I can make it then. I have seen many reports about avalanches there and that there is often a faceted layer of ice that makes the area more prone to it. looks like you have supporting stuff here for a guy like me to go. 

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ThIS most unique ski TR ROCKS! thanks for the education . Next time you need armed mountain troops skiing outrider for the crew to make this crackling !-)
Very interesting, informative read


Cheers Dustyfog, glad you like the TR, I enjoy putting it together as I like to reminisce about our adventures. We're always looking for adventurous people to come join us, not sure if we need any extra armed mountain troops though as Gulmarg already has those in abundance (Gulmarg has the HAWS - High Altitude Warfare Training School, training camp for their mountain troops, like the 10th Mountain Division we have in the US).

 

 

 

 

Regards,

Matt

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I was hoping to go to Gulmarg when I was in India this past February through early March but, was way busy in Mumbai. I will be back in the country this fall and hope I can make it then. I have seen many reports about avalanches there and that there is often a faceted layer of ice that makes the area more prone to it. looks like you have supporting stuff here for a guy like me to go. 


G'day Ralba,

  Thanks for posting and checking out the TR. Yes, 4 out of the last 5 times I've visited Gulmarg, the mountain has had early snow (either in November or early December) and that snow has sat around for a month under cold, clear conditions and turned to facets. Most times, when the consistent snow falls start at the end of December or start of January, the snowpack will grow until it reaches the tipping point and we have a lot of natural avalanche activity. It's been pretty consistent that this happens right around the middle of January and this can be a very dangerous time in Gulmarg. Extremely careful route selection is key during this period if you are out. Hopefully then after that, that persistent weak layer (the facet layer) will be cleaned out and the snowpack can restart with a more solid foundation. If that happens, then conditions normally improve a lot.

 

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(Large 3 to 6mm facets seen at the start of the season in Gulmarg this winter)

 

 

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(The start of the season's snowpack was supported on this weak foundation for a lot of the season this winter. This year, not everything slid so anything that didn't go, was typically supported by this rotten snow at the base. We had to be very careful what we skied this year as anything steep enough that hadn't slid, was primed and ready to go. You definitely need to be vigilant in Gulmarg at all times.)

 

 

  That's why we typically choose to avoid that time of the season and opt to take our trips out there in February. Next season we have trips scheduled for Feb 1st to the 15th and then the 15th Feb to the 1st of March. We are also aligning ourselves with a move to a Japan program in January, so we can do Japan early season and then Gulmarg in February, that should work out pretty good. So, we won't be there in the Fall, but if you do want to ski in Gulmarg with us, we'll be there in February.

 

Regards,

Matt

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Thursday 20th February cont......

 

  Run 2. So now, it was just Russell, Dawood and myself. Vinnie had headed back to the hotel as his flu was getting bad and the Chinese downhill wasn't showing any immediate signs of starting. With the Downhill due to start, there was hardly anyone else skiing the rest of the mountain. I think by the second run, they had all headed up top to head to the start, so we were able to jump straight on the gondola. This time we thought we'd head one line over from the gondola and ski the main ridgeline into the Sheenmai Bowl. This is was our first time skiing that line for the trip and I could sense Russell was feeling a little uneasy about skiing a new line. This was also the area that had claimed the life of the Swiss skier, Arno Roy several weeks previously, so there was a little trepidation. Fair enough, but the plan would be to have a look at the start of the line and if we didn't like it, we could always go somewhere else. If worse came to the worse, then we could always skin back to the gondola bowl, we are never 100% committed to having to ski a line and there always needs to be options and an out if necessary.

 

  The lack of new snow and the lack of anyone else skiing gave me some confidence that Sheenmai would be a good choice. The snow had stabilized a lot since we had been there, the main potential hazard was the new wind blown deposits in the start zones, the temperature was not going to increase too much as it was forecast to stay partially cloudy. So, we just needed to take a look and see how much new snow had drifted into the Sheenmai bowl and onto the ridgeline.

 

  The top looked good. Definitely some new snow right next to the ridge but not a huge amount, only 10cm's or so but enough to smooth out the ride and make for some really nice skiing without increasing the danger. The avi report was calling for drifts up to 70cm's deep, but we definitely weren't seeing that here. We skied it one at a time and then got to the point where we'd have to drop into the main bowl itself. I did a ski cut and didn't get much movement apart from a small sluff, so we dropped in one at a time and it skied quite nicely. The amount of new snow diminished as we got down lower, but it was surprisingly good skiing. If there was just another 5 or 10cm's, it would have been awesome, but still pretty good and a bit of a sleeper powder day.

 

 

Last run coming up......

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Thursday 20th February

 

Run 3

 

  Well, we had been lapping pretty fast, this would be our 3rd run (remember we are skiing approx 4200ft vertical with each run) and it was probably only about 1pm or so. This time we'd go one more ridge over, south, down to the Hapat Khued Bowl area. We were feeling good about the stability and sure enough, when we got to the top of the run we encountered similar conditions to the previous runs. This time though there were other riders already in the bowl and they were taking their time getting down. We wanted to wait until they were out of the runout of our bowl and were on the Sheenmai side, before we dropped in. It took a long time, especially as a couple of riders in one group decided to have a little bit of a sit down (must have been having a picnic or something....) behind a ridge in the bowl. We had to yell a little bit, just to make them aware that we were ready to drop. Finally they moved on. 

 

  We dropped in one at a time and the snow was really good in the main face. I was able to let the skis run a little before skiing back to a ridge to wait for Russell to drop in. Down he came and Dawood was not far behind. The next section on the side of a ridge was pretty rocky and we had to shut it down to avoid nailing the partially exposed rocks. We then cut right to get back onto the main ridge and again, the snow was pretty good, much to our surprise. Somehow there was more snow here than on the mid section and the skiing was pretty good.

 

  We cut back hard left to get back to the gondola mid-station (Kongdori) and we could see that they were getting ready to receive the first few contestants of the Chinese Downhill. We dropped our gear at one of the tents and headed over to the finishing line to watch. We could see a heli circling the racers and filming them come down. Pretty soon the first placed person (there were going to be multiple rounds spread over a couple of days, so the first 40 down would qualify for the second round) was in sight and he had a clear run down to the finishing line. Now, a Chinese Downhill isn't a Chinese Downhill unless there is some form of carnage and it wasn't long before we had opportunity to witness a decent crash. The second place person was in a tight race with the 3rd place person and he crashed just before the finish line as he skated to try and keep in front. That took the 3rd placed person out and they both went down hard. Ouch! They both got up and made it across the finishing line and then the rest of the finishers started to trickle in. Everyone looked wiped. The heli hovered above the finishing line giving everyone a much needed airblast and rapid cool down. Lovely! We stayed around for a while and watched the first 30 or so finish.  I think Dawood was a little disappointed not to be taking part himself, I know a lot of his friends were taking part, but, oh well, that's the life of a guide!

 

 

  Russ was pretty spent by this time, the clouds were building so we decided to head back to the hotel. We still had to ski down and potentially skin back up to the hotel (only about a 4 minute skin on a well-established skintrack). We had some lunch back at the Khyber (I was addicted to the lamb spaghetti bolognaise and I think I ate it 10 lunches in a row) and we may have even gone out for a couple of cheeky ones at the Highland Park Hotel. It had been a fun day with some pretty good turns and watching the excitement of the Chinese Downhill.

 

  Unfortunately that would prove to be our last day skiing. The next day (Friday the 21st February) Vinnie was feeling a little better from the flu and decided to come with us. We went up to the mid-station and the upper gondola was shut. No one was giving us a reason why or how long it would take. I think we waited around for a couple of hours but the gondola was not looking like it was opening anytime soon, plus the weather was starting to close in up top, so we decided to call it quits and we headed down to the Pine Palace Heritage for a quick beer. Vinnie wasn't into the beer but could be talked into a Scotch or two. What a battler! It was nice just to sit down over a beer (or a whiskey) and talk about the trip and all the good times we had had. Vinnie and I were heading back to Srinagar the next day for our last night's stay on the houseboats but Russell was heading straight back to Singapore, so this was our last chance to hang out at the end of the trip.

 

  It had been an awesome trip, maybe not the best snow we had seen in Gulmarg and it had been a challenge to find untouched snow and safe lines. Overall, I think the trip had been a success, we'd skied some good snow (and worked hard, I know I had lost about 7 or 8lbs) and it was a real pleasure to show a group of skiers around that had never experienced the Gulmarg trip before. It's always a lot of fun to show people around for the first-time and seeing their reactions to what is always going to be, a unique and vastly rewarding experience. I look forward to next winter. Next year, you'll be able to follow the adventure via The Ski Channel and you should be reading about the trips in some of the major ski mags in 2015/16. Hopefully you'll hear a lot more about our adventures, not only in Gulmarg, but all around the world in exotic ski destinations. We look forward to sharing that adventure with you.

 

  Thanks for following the adventure this year Bears, I really enjoy sharing these trips with the readers. Please check out our upcoming podcast interview on the Mtn Meister's website (http://www.mtnmeister.com/) on Wednesday the 14th May! This is my first radio interview, I'm a little nervous about it, but hopefully it sounds good! Please check it out if you get a chance. For anyone looking at coming to India with us next season, then all the info is up on our website at http://www.theadventureproject.net/Dates-and-Costs.html. Prices start at $3,365 for 2 weeks and you can take $200 off right now with our early bird discount, if you sign up before June 30th. Hope we can get some of the Bears to join us next winter.

 

Thanks everyone!

 

Regards,

Matt Appleford

Owner - The Adventure Project

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G'day Gang,

  Our podcast just got released on the Mtn Meister website today - http://www.mtnmeister.com/matt-appleford/. Please check it out if you get a chance. It's 31 minutes in length and the hosts ask me a lot of questions about Gulmarg and I talk a little bit about my background as a skier. Hopefully it's fun, I enjoyed doing it and we laughed a lot. It is in a strange mix of Australian/English/American, so I hope you can all understand it..... I always knew I had a body and face for radio, it's just a shame I don't have the voice for it. Oh well, 2 out of 3 ain't bad. Let me know if you like it!

 

Regards,

Matt

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G'day Bears,

  If anyone who needs any info about Gulmarg and/or our trips there, I am now living in the Denver area (my wife and I just moved here from Tahoe) and am happy to meet and chat. I'm in the Highlands area of the city and we have the Hogshead Brewery close by which makes a great meeting place!

Regards,

Matt

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G'day Bears,

  If anyone who needs any info about Gulmarg and/or our trips there, I am now living in the Denver area (my wife and I just moved here from Tahoe) and am happy to meet and chat. I'm in the Highlands area of the city and we have the Hogshead Brewery close by which makes a great meeting place!

Regards,

Matt

 

Sorry to see you leave the Tahoe area.  Good luck with Denver and your upcoming trip to G'marg.

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Sorry to see you leave the Tahoe area.  Good luck with Denver and your upcoming trip to G'marg.


Thanks Getting There,

  That is much appreciated! I had a lot of fun skiing with you this season, even if it was only that one time at Squaw. It was fun to take you into some more challenging terrain and help coach you through that terrain progression we did in that couloir. That was a good time and great to see how determined you were to kick it's butt! I like that. Hopefully we'll ski together again, whether that's in the US or India. You've got my contact information so you always know how to find me.

 

  Sadly, I'm probably done teaching skiing full-time, I need to focus on the business and turning that into my full-time occupation. Once we have a good season in India, we can expand the operation into Japan, South America and New Zealand for starters, then we can really start to get crazy with some really exotic trips. I'm really focused on that and I think being in Denver we help me to achieve that goal. Plus there's lot's of awesome skiing close by. It will be weird not living in a ski town, but I think this is the best of both worlds.

 

Keep in touch!

 

Regards,

Matt 

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Thanks Getting There,

  That is much appreciated! I had a lot of fun skiing with you this season, even if it was only that one time at Squaw. It was fun to take you into some more challenging terrain and help coach you through that terrain progression we did in that couloir. That was a good time and great to see how determined you were to kick it's butt! I like that. Hopefully we'll ski together again, whether that's in the US or India. You've got my contact information so you always know how to find me.

 

  Sadly, I'm probably done teaching skiing full-time, I need to focus on the business and turning that into my full-time occupation. Once we have a good season in India, we can expand the operation into Japan, South America and New Zealand for starters, then we can really start to get crazy with some really exotic trips. I'm really focused on that and I think being in Denver we help me to achieve that goal. Plus there's lot's of awesome skiing close by. It will be weird not living in a ski town, but I think this is the best of both worlds.

 

Keep in touch!

 

Regards,

Matt 

 

Matt - its was a pleasure having the opportunity to ski with you.  Good luck growing your business and keep in touch!

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