Testimonials for Bill's Trips

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Here is what some of our past clients have to say about their Gulmarg adventure and Bill’s Trips. If you want to know what the fuss is about, see why you should book with us. If you’ve read enough and want to experience a trip for yourself, fill out our booking application form.


Kashmiri Time

…………….everybody around Bill works with passion and dedication, and have years of experience in their field. We always felt like guests while they played “hosts”.  We certainly never felt like customers.  You could feel that they all love that mountain, the country, and could not help themselves but try to share their love for that lifestyle and that part of the world.

As for Bill’s organisation: Unique is the word I would use. From the minute you land he puts you in Kashmiri time and pace, and you immediately feel miles away from your busy Westerner’s lifestyle.  How he managed to attend to everyone’s special needs I still cannot explain. The laid back attitude with total professionalism and attention to detail is what struck me as a unique blend. Always underselling and over delivering.

I took immense pleasure in seeing the younger generation having a ball and discovering what true skiing is all about……

A big thank you to you Bill, and to your amazing team………including the whole dedicated Kashmiri team at the iconic Highland Park Hotel.

Devo!

Bill and Natasha

A belated, but nevertheless huge and heartfelt thanks for our fantastic trip to Kashmir.

As Devo infamously said, “Freedom from choice is what we want” or at least that’s the excuse we’ll use for failing to pick a single highlight.  There were simply too many – the guests, the guides, Gulmarg, the snow, the slopes, even the skinning (eventually), Srinagar and the Shikara tour of Lake Dal (with the competing calls to prayer from various mosques drifting across the lake in the gathering dusk) – all brilliant!

I owe you a few Kingfishers, Bill.

Regards and best wishes

Insane

Cheers again for an insane couple of weeks away.

Homies

Hey Bill,

Back in Mullum trying to get back into the groove, still dreaming of Gulmarg. Had such a wicked time there thanks to you and your homies,  What a weird and wonderful place!

Awesome trip

Now you’re back I just wanted to thank you properly for providing me such an awesome trip to Gulmarg in 2011. I only wish I could’ve stayed longer…much much longer! You did a great job! And we had a good crew to be with. I felt very safe having you look after us. We had lots of variety on the mountain and great cultural education because of your efforts and desire to provide us the best experience. It felt like we packed a lot into the time available, but would love to have done more. 4 weeks would be insane. You’re a legend! Cheers. Thanks again… stay safe.

Trip of a lifetime!

Hi Bill,

Thank you very much for organising our trip to Gulmarg. We had an absolutely awesome time. Trip of a lifetime for sure! We were very privileged to ski with Mark, Sam and yourself, who all showed us such patience, expertise and good humour. We hope you also enjoyed your season in Gulmarg, despite the unusual weather!

Place in my heart

Thanks for the great time over in Gulmarg. It’s a very special place and has found a place in my heart! Well done with such a great organised tour that is relaxed and fun. Thanks again for an awesome time. I can’t believe we did it.

Felt Like A Queen

Hi Bill

I just loved my time in Kashmir with you!
……the adventure skiing, world-class guiding, Highland Park, good company, Kashmiri culture….
Thanks for looking after me so well.  Felt like I was treated like a Queen.
Send my thanks and good cheer to Sam, Lydia, Mark, Mark, Wali and Manzoor.
Biggest Cheers

Bottle Bill’s Trips Gold Standard! 

Hello Bill

Many thanks from all of us for a fantastic trip to Gulmarg. It was perfect – great skiing, weather, accommodation and food, but most of all, good people. We had an amazing time and the main challenge now is to work out how we can top it for next year, although it looked from the fresh snow as we left that this week would have been even better- I hope you have managed to squeeze in plenty more turns.

I think we got fresh tracks pretty much all day, every day. We got the best guiding possible; we were fed like kings and it all had the Bills Trips gold standard of incredible professionalism in a relaxed environment. I think you should try and bottle it!

Best trip yet

Just a quick note to say again thanks for a really great trip, even though it was my second time to Gulmarg it was definitely the best.

Been raving about it!

Hi Bill,

It was a truly awesome trip, and not just the great powder but the whole experience, so thank you! I’ve been raving about it, (but only to the right people).

I am missing it every day, and will definitely be back!

Such an incredible experience

Hi Bill,

Missing it so much, I still have moments where I stare at my computer screen dreaming Kashmir powder!

Thanks again to you and the rest of the crew for providing such an incredible experience.

The way to go

Thanks again for the trip. Having got to know Gulmarg and some of the other options that are around, your trip was definitely the way to go. I am totally in love with Gulmarg and I will definitely be back next year, so, I will see you then, or, at Mount Hotham this year. Until then, enjoy the surf!

Safety

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.

World class – a great experience

Recently my two teenagers and I had the good fortune to spend two weeks skiing in Kashmir, India. Bill Barker was excellent company and provided wise guidance in a relatively remote and raw skiing experience. His expert judgement enabled us to access terrain we could not otherwise have safely managed and he taught the fundamentals of safe back-country skiing. Bill was ever keen to allow us access to new experiences all in a spirit of good cheer. Nothing was too much trouble for him and whatever problems or difficulties arose were managed effectively and without fuss. This is not your average ski holiday you need to be fit and it tests your resilience on a number of levels, but you could not have a better host and guide-world class. A great experience.

Good Recipe

Hi Bill

I had a fantastic time skiing with you and your team, and I will certainly come back.  There is so much more to do, and I will look forward to bringing my wife and friends next time!

Thanks for making it such a great and funny trip. ….. there is something really special about the way that you manage to keep things so relaxed, and yet so professional on and off the mountain. It is a really good recipe and I think your ability to attract and retain such good guides says a lot about you, the company, and Gulmarg itself.  I look forward to coming again.

See you soon.

Extraordinary Guides

Hi Bill and Natasha

Fabulous trip!!! Loved every minute of it!!! Without doubt, exceeded my expectations.

Great group of people, “extraordinary guides” and first class organisation. For me personally, the skiing was the perfect balance of down hill and touring. The opportunity to learn about touring, a little snow craft, safety and mountain awareness with the pros was a fantastic opportunity and exactly what I was after. The culture aspect was the icing on the cake.

What a mountain! Would love to have had more time there!

Have been flying the “Bill’s Trips” flag since returning!

Thank you for putting this all together and congratulations!

Kindest regards

Best Skiing of My Life

Dear Bill

Just dropping you a line to say thank you.

Last week was the best skiing week of my life. It was a fantastic experience made possible by your super professional guides. I have to be honest that I was a little apprehensive about the skiing but going with Elliot and Dean just made me feel safe and allowed me to enjoy the turns. In addition, everyone was so helpful, supportive and friendly.

I very much hope to be seeing you guys in the future.

Cheers Bill

Totally delivered

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.

More than just a holiday

Hey Bill,

I just wanted to say hi and thanks again for an amazing trip. As I settle back into the everyday drudge I look back and realise just how amazing it really was. You guys have a brilliant outfit, from your main crew of guides through to the locals and all the staff. They all made it more than just a holiday.

I am keen to come back next year…

One Off Experience??

Hi Bill

I was going to do this as a one off, but after coming on the trip I would love to do it again.   I really appreciate everything that all the guides did in keeping us safe.  I felt very comfortable with the sensible decisions that were made, and during a tough time the guys were absolutely professional (but could still have fun and get us good lines)

The houseboat and Dal Lake were just great.  Great food, great experience.  Loved it!

Thanks Bill, Sam, Mark and Mark, Wali and Manzoor for an awesome experience.

Naan and Paneer

Hey Bill

I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed the trip…still grinning ear to ear.  EPIC would be an app description… I really enjoyed myself and the whole Kashmiri experience. It was one of the greatest trips I’ve had.  I could spend another 2 weeks……..missing the mountain and snow now that I’m back in the city.  Thanks for everything. Really!  Super impressed with your operation and the quality of all the guides.  Tops!  I wish you guys good snow and weather for the next weeks!  Man….bummed just writing this email…I miss the mountain, exhaustion every night, and all that

Naan and paneer……mmm

Cheers

Matt

Scratch that Itch! 

Bill and Natasha

I trust you are well and back into normal life back in Oz. We had an incredible time in Gulmarg.  Certainly ‘scratched’ the itch but I think it may need more scratching! It appears to be that sought of place….

Kick arse

Thanks for a kick arse tour mate. Loved it. Onwards and upwards!

Mates

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.

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