Valley Skiing Resort
only heli-skiing resort is at Gulmarg, Kashmir. Come December,
and the verdant green slopes of Gulmarg are blanketed with snow,
forming some of the finest natural slopes for ski runs of all
gentle slopes, having runs of upto 200 meters, are the best
for beginners while the steeper runs of 500 meters for intermediate
level skiers, and yet other stretches of over 2,000 meters,
precipitously steep, for top level skiers. T-bars and chair
lifts, on five runs for beginners and intermediates, are operated
throughout the day.
Gulmarg also offers heli-skiing, being the first destination
in Asia to do so. A helicopter takes you upto the Apherwat peak
from where you choose your own descent route. Also in Gulmarg
during winter are toboggans, sledges and snow cycles. Requiring
little, if any, skills, they are perfect way to enter the spirit
of fun and excitement that snow generates.
The winter sports season in Gulmarg lasts for as long as the
snow does - normally December through March. The State Tourism
has winterized huts including some privately owned hotels, mainly
in the upper bracket, remain open during this season.
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