Skiing in Gulmarg: was first established as a ski resort by the british who had set up the ski club of India here in 1927.Gulmarg snow skiing had become very popular pre-independence years of India. Gulmarg snow skiing resort used to host two major skiing events,one each during Christmas and easter.in 1938 to 39,about 500 skiers are said to have participated in Christmas and Easter skiing race .Gulmarg ski resort;s atmosphere was identified with europe ski resort of the 1940’s and 50’s.the alps of good old day’s.it has good sunshine as well as good snow.the gulmarg ski season usually commences just before christmas mid december and continues till early april.
during 1998 Gulmarg snow ski resort hosted the first national winter games of india .for which the facilities were enormously improved and upgraded.modern eqipment like kasse bohrer snow beating machines for preparing skiing slopes and snowmobiles were imported,as also the first phase of Gulmarg Gondola cable car was commissioned,the Gulmarg snow ski resort facilities were further improved and upgraded for the national winter games .which were also held here during 2003 and 2004.Among the numerous slopes are some which are not serviced by ski lifts,these are quieter than those immensely popular with average skiers.trained skiers take to these slopes and even ski mountaineering in snow for several hours to the top of Apharwat range,to make a descent lasting no more than 30 minutes.and now with setting up of the gondola cable car,Kashmir Gulmarg ski has become the highest lift served ski resort in the world providing a downhill ski run 5.2 km from height of 14000 ft in the Apharwat range.it is also the longest gondola served ski lift in Asia.
The two-stage ropeway ferries about 600 people per hour to and from the gondola main station in Gulmarg to a shoulder of nearby Mt. Apharwat Summit (4,200 m (13,780 ft)). The ropeway project is a joint venture of the Jammu and Kashmir government and French firm pomagalski. The first stage transfers from the Kashmir Gulmarg skiing resort at 2,600 m (8,530 ft) to Kongdoori Station in the bowl-shaped Kongdori valley. The second stage of the ropeway, which has 36 cabins and 18 towers, takes skiers to a height of 3,950 m (12,959 ft) on Kongdoori Mountain, a shoulder of nearby Mt. Afarwat Peak (4,200 m (13,780 ft)). snowboardingGulmarg another exciting winter sports is also being introduced and promoted here. read more.