EQUIPMENT REQUIRED FOR GULMARG SKIING AND SNOWBOARDING
At Bill's Trips we believe to experience the best of Gulmarg you need the right guides, the right attitude and the right equipment.
While untracked snow in the main gondola bowls is on offer for a few days after each storm, with some local knowledge, the correct equipment and a small amount of effort, it is possible to ride fresh lines for weeks after the last snowfall.
The upper gondola is normally closed during adverse weather conditions (big snowfalls or high winds) and on occasions, all lifts may be closed due to power failure or other factors (sometimes unknown).
To make the most of your time in Gulmarg it is necessary for all participants to have ski / snowboard touring equipment. This enables you to ride fresh untracked snow on the days the upper and/or lower gondola is closed and also allows easy access to areas of the mountain unreachable to many others.
If you hear stories of people being disilusioned with a Gulmarg trip due to lift operations or weather conditions, ask them if they had touring equipment. Chances are they were left standing at the lift station or back in their hotel waiting for the weather to clear while we were riding powder.
You do not need to have any previous ski / snowboard touring experience as Gulmarg is the ideal location to learn. The access and returns from our favourite lines are usually flat or easy angled terrain which is perfect for learning to use the equipment, and physically no harder than the skiing or boarding itself. Our guides will instruct you in the use of the specialised equipment and pass on backcountry travel techniques. Although there are options to do longer more demanding hikes, most approaches / returns take approximately 15- 30 minutes.
Participants must at all times wear an avalanche transceiver and carry an avalanche safety kit (pack, shovel and probe).
Bill's Trips can organise the purchase or hire of the required equipment.
K2, Marker, Tecnica and Boll'e have been Bill's personal sponsors for 20 years and as a show of their support for Bill's Trips are offering all of Bill's guests fantastic deals on a wide range of equipment. Bill's new sponsor, Black Diamond, is also offering great prices on specific equipment needed for a Gulmarg adventure. Contact Bill for more information and prices.
- Wide skis with touring bindings, alpine trekkers or telemark bindings (skis 100mm or wider under foot are optimum)
- Climbing skins
- Snow shoes
- Collapsible poles
- 20-30 litre daypack with ski or snowboard carrying capabilities
- Avalanche transceiver
A comprehensive equipment list will be forwarded to all participants once a booking has been confirmed. To make an application, complete our Expression of Interest form.