Our guiding team is what really sets us apart from the rest. While we recognise that safety is the number one priority, we understand that having an all round enjoyable holiday is what you come for and our team of guides are experts in providing great memories both on and off the mountain.
First and foremost, we are professionals who take the responsibilities of our job very seriously and run the guiding program in line with the best practices used in the international guiding industry. We constantly monitor the weather, snow conditions and avalanche danger and our daily objectives are set in accordance with our findings while taking into account the fitness, skill level and desires of our guests.
Like you, we are also powder tragic's who love to ski and have fun, as this is what it's all about. When not required, we don't take ourselves (or each other) too seriously, and love having a laugh and a beer at the après session. We enjoy nothing more than introducing others to the magic of Gulmarg.
An adventure to Kashmir is an amazing experience but there is also the potential for serious consequences should anything go wrong. This is why we only use guides with the right credentials. Only the professionally trained and adequately equipped can make safe decisions, and, in the unlikely event of an accident, perform a timely rescue. Our guides come from across the globe, are veterans of the mountains and are very experienced and highly qualified in avalanche mitigation, first aid and mountain rescue techniques. Each guide carries all the communications, first aid supplies and rescue equipment necessary to deal with any situation.
Through years of guiding, patrolling and exploring Gulmarg we have gained an intimate knowledge of the mountain and know where and when to go to find the best snow possible on any given day. Coming from a variety of backgrounds including instructing and patrolling, our combined skills, experience, professionalism, energy and humour, ensure a safe and super fun Gulmarg adventure.
Below is a short Bio on each of the guides and at the bottom of the page you can check out what some of our past guests had to say about us.
the gondola first opened in 2005, Bill was there. Bill was employed by the
Jammu and Kashmir government to manage the avalanche hazard and train the local
ski patrol. He has been patrolling for over 20 years and has skied all over the
world preferring places not yet discovered by the masses.
is one of Australia's best know skiers. Over
the years he has featured on many magazine covers, sponsor's adds, in
documentaries and written numerous articles on new destinations, avalanche
safety and backcountry skiing. When not guiding in Gulmarg he is the
assistant director of the ski patrol at Mt Hotham, Australia.
passion for backcountry skiing and out-of-the-way places drew him to Gulmarg
where he now calls home for the northern winters. During his time
there, Bill has formed great friendships with the locals and is well respected
in the community. There is no one better to introduce you to the magic of Gulmarg.
winter in the mountains takes up a major part of his life, any spare time
between seasons is spent surfing or rock climbing, either at home on the south
coast of NSW or on an extended mission elsewhere. It is also not uncommon to
find Bill on the dance floor (doing what he thinks is dancing) at a party or
MARK (The Professor) BROWN
in New Zealand and spending much of his youth in the mountains, Mark's original
passions were mountaineering and rock climbing and it wasn't until later in
life that he really caught the skiing and snowboarding bug.
professor of criminology by trade, he moved to Australia to lecture at
Melbourne Uni and go climbing during the prolonged holiday breaks. While in Australia (of all places) Mark
renewed his love of winter in the hills and he has now retired from his other
life and spends his time between Kashmir, France and New Zealand.
is a guide with Methen Heli Ski during the southern hemisphere winters and bases
himself in Chamonix for the rest of the year.
He first visited Gulmarg in 2006, spending the season exploring the
outer reaches of the area while on another extended (and last) sabbatical.
Professor" is a great asset to the Bill's Trips team, not only for his obvious
mountain skills and knowledge but also for his ability to hold an in depth and
informed conversation on just about any topic you choose. We are not sure if he really knows that much,
or if he just has the knack of making himself sound like he knows what he is on
Sam grew up in the small town of Merrijig at the base of Mt Buller
in Australia. He skied freestyle and
nordic as a kid before swapping to tele's when plastic boots became
available. He has years of ski touring
experience and is a world class tele skier who has achieved podium finishes in
big mountain free ski events in NZ and the US. Sam also ran a very popular
high-end telemark clinic in the Craigieburn range of New Zealand. He has now mellowed (a little) and prefers to
spend his time exploring new areas, hunting powder and introducing others to
the lure of back-country skiing.
Before guiding, Sam was a qualified alpine instructor and
patrolled for over 10 years, working at resorts in Australia, the U.S and New
Zealand (where he now lives).
Sam is one of those guys
who are always there when you need a hand.
If you've had a yard sale and your bits are strewn all over the hill, he
will be there to pick up the pieces and then casually blame the snow, the
visibility or the mountain for you.
When not in the mountains,
you will probably find Sam practicing bizarre yoga techniques or fine tuning
his kick boxing skills between writing a thesis on new agriculture methods,
reading something weird or having a few beers with his mates.
DAVID (Borat) MARCHI
When Dave isn't
guiding in Gulmarg, he is most likely guiding somewhere else on the
planet. He is a senior guide with
Chugach Powder Guides in Alaska and has led skiing and mountaineering trips all
over the world including Mt Denali, Patagonia the Himalaya and Antarctica. David also spent the winter of 2006 in Gulmarg,
passing on his years of experience to the newly formed ski patrol team and
formed a great connection with the locals.
Growing up in Mt
Shasta, California, David ski raced at college before becoming an instructor
and then race coach with the US ski team. His combined guiding and solid
teaching skills gives him the ability to challenge, yet inspire confidence in
those he skis with.
David now lives in
Oregon and when not away on guiding jobs or ski mountaineering for pleasure, he
spends the rest of the year guiding cycle trips either on road or in the
David is an awesome guide /
guy to hang out with, especially when he is sporting his "Borat" style
moustache and talking with a slight Kazakhstani accent.
WALI MOHAMMED LONE
is a Gulmarg local who knows the surrounding mountains like the back of his
hand. Growing up in the area and working
as a summer trekking guide from a young age has given Wali an understanding of
the area that very few other people have. Wali is a registered guide with the
Gulmarg Tourism Department, has solid mountain skills and is a great, easy
going guy to have as part of our team.
works with us as an assistant guide for the winter. He fills the role of tail
guide, helps co-ordinate local transport and is instrumental in contacting the
relevant parties if ever a mountain rescue is needed.
Wali has a wealth of knowledge about Gulmarg, Kashmir,
its people and its history. His cruisy
nature and classic delivery makes it a pleasure to learn about the local's
lives and hear the stories of past and present.
A few comments from some of our past
I can't tell you how much we enjoyed our trip. The entire
experience was so much better than our previous trip to Gulmarg and it
certainly wasn't just the snow conditions that contributed to this. You should
be extremely proud of the package you have put together. Often at the end
of a holiday you are ready to go home but this was certainly not the case.
I didn't want to leave and am trying to work out the logistics of getting
back there next season. Mark, Sam and
Dave are a credit to you and made our stay and time all that much more
enjoyable. Their knowledge and help on a day to day basis was invaluable
and very much appreciated. I felt more like we were skiing with knowledgeable
friends rather than guides.
Let me thank you for the great experience I had in Gulmarg. The
way the tour was conducted was great, showing the guest a good time, skiing
through trees and touring to remote areas without the need to compromise safety
and trying to go beyond the envelope. The emphasis on safety and understanding
of the snow pack was well brought out during the time l spent in Gulmarg,
especially the last few days when we decided to forgo skiing a remote ridge from
the top and return to the main bowl area. Avalanches triggered that day and
several days later by seemingly experienced persons show the need for prudent
decisions. I congratulate you and the members of your team. Keep up the
good work. Cheers.
Mate, I hope you are well.
I am still reminiscing on our Gulmarg
experience with you guys. What a fantastic time we had, I can't believe that I
ended up skiing the Himalaya. Mark and Sammy were fantastic guides. It's
hard to get guides with a sense of humour (they sometimes remind me of
accountants!) You know what I mean.
Again, I want to thank you for the fantastic experience.
Thank you very much for the great trip! You and your crew
totally delivered. I'm still amazed at how well ten days of skiing was,
with most of the front side terrain off limits due to high avalanche
danger. Normally that sort of thing would be a trip killer, but you guys
made it work out great. A true testament to your collective skill and knowledge.
Thanks again! I will be strongly recommending Bill's Trips to anyone who
asks me about Gulmarg.
The guides catered well providing the freedom to ride as much or
as little as you liked and the terrain that suits. They were unreal - top bunch of blokes. I owe Sammy a few pints for pulling me out of
numerous powder craters. The guides felt
like they were mates, not just going through the motions. Definitely made it what it was. Bill's experience and forged relationships
made you realize you've got the best man on the mountain. Certainly an experience I will never forget.