Mid-season Update

February 12 2012

Sorry, been too busy for weekly updates as planned. Powder turns and Apres beers were higher priority than afternoon computing.

The winter so far.

Great five weeks since I arrived. Powder on offer nearly every day… mixed in with a few avalanches, lift operations and explosives supply issues. The upper gondola was closed for a few extra days than normal but this in no way stopped us from scoring epic turns most days. Safe, low angle or treed terrain and the inbounds zone was the go for the first few weeks and now the snowpack has settled the steeper alpine terrain has come into play.

The new chairlift has proved its worth by allowing us onto the upper mountain on days of snowfall and high winds which would have previously had us skiing the lower elevation trees. Consistent, however not huge storms, have been freshening up the mountain every week or so giving us a blank canvas not long after all the near gondola terrain was tracked.  The heli operation has also been a winner with many clients having an epic time on the Max Vert Day and calling our “one drop, heli lift touring day” their best ever. One of the beauty’s of Gulmarg is the options on offer.

As I write this we are being hit by another storm.  Better go and have an Apres beer and work out where we are going to score the goods tomorrow.

Cheers, Bill.

PS. If you do “facebook”, check out Bill’s Trips for photos.

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