Ok I’m back…in New Zealand. Just after my last post the internet seemed to vanish from existence and never returned before a left Gulmarg. So here are a few pics from around Gulmarg town.
This shot was taking from the door of my hotel looking across the ski field (golf course in the summer)
I sat next to this guy chatting about my experience of gulmarg and what New Zealand was like.
Yasin Kahn is a local legend around town,a highly respected Kashmiri who runs the Kashmir alpine ski shop. He generally meets and drinks tea with all the pro athletes and production companies that are in town filming. This time it was Andy, Pep and myself accepting the invitation.
These three puppies followed me every morning as walked to the Kiwi house. Worthy of a mention I thought
Up until recently you could only buy alcohol at a couple of hotels around town. I’m not sure if this place is ‘legit’ or not but its not a big deal in true India style if the officials come calling they’ll just serve them alcohol and slip them some rupees. Here it’s Tim O’leary, owner of Alpine Heliski that slipping them a few rupees.
The same razor wire fence from the opening shot of the Gulmarg edit.
They monkeys are definitely a novelty to watch, any other season they would be charging around in about 7ft of snow.
I love these two photos (above and below), the craziness of the situation where the heavily overloaded bus with about 10 people hanging off of it was overtaking us on a blind corner with icy roads, clearly in need of new shocks and maybe a driver with a sense of responsibility.
I’m liking the condensation on the windows making the images look more dramatic.
This shot was taken from the ‘Kiwi house’ looking across to one of the learners slopes. Next year there will be a heli parked in the lower left corner of this photo….epic!
The 3 days before i left Gulmarg saw it snow over 1mtr of snow, since then it pretty much hasn’t stopped.The 3 weeks that i was on the ground in Gulmarg saw the snow pack become increasingly unstable, you can probably see from the amount of sluff that was ripping from a single turn in the edit that with the addition of over a meter of snow it was never going to be good. Since I’ve been back it has continued to snow…with major consequences, a huge avalanche has ripped out killing 17 soldiers and critically injuring another 17, you can read more about it here This wasn’t within the ski area boundaries, the ski patrol in Gulmarg is lead by a Canadian named Pete, and they do and excellent job, I defiantly recommend using a local guide if your heading to Gulmarg, Gulmarg Powder Guides would be my choice, trained by Tim O’Leary Alpine heli ski and Mark Woodwood (a New Zealand Guide who is heading back to climb Mt Everest for the 7th time this April) These Kashmiri Guides have the skill needed when shit hits the fan.
And finally heres a quick little timelaps looking up at the smoke from the shack next door, its glowing orange due to the streetlights in the carpark behind the building