By Sam Lozier, Boston.com Correspondent
Ski blogger Sam Lozier is spending a chunk of this winter skiing in India.
As Allen, our new friends Rob and Amit, and I prepare to leave Gulmarg, I felt I would reflect a bit on my experiences here.
Gulmarg has been amazing. Despite the fact that it wasnít a banner season, Allen and I met some great people, skied some deep snow, and had a lot of the types of experiences that leave you scratching your head. Things didnít always go well; for the first few weeks we were skiing month-old snow, then, when the snow did finally fall, we were battling crowds for first chair. It was, however, an experience I wouldnít trade for anything. The backcountry is limitless, the people were friendly and helpful, and the experience was worth every penny.
To anyone considering a trip to Gulmarg, or Kashmir in general, whether it's to ski at Gulmarg, visit the
Iím writing this from Srinigar, allegedly one of the more dangerous cities in India, yet, Iím comfortable, and having a good time enjoying the sites, the food, and the crazy "what-next?" vibe of Lal Chowk (Central Square) at night. Tomorrow, Allen, Amit, and I will load our things into a taxi and begin our four-day journey to Manali, where hopefully we will arrive just in time to find some high-elevation spring snow and warm valley weather.
For those with questions about Gulmarg, I'd encourage you to look at both (snowboardgulmarg.blogspot.com and www.gulmargsnowsafety.com/) for some info on the area. Fair warning: While all the information you would need is on those sites, it won't be clearly presented. A large part of skiing in
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