Heli-skiing in the high and mighty mountains of Indian
Himalayas is something that can lure any skier to visit India and
experience the thrill. Asia's one of the most famous 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 levels.
Opportunities For Both Experts & Amateurs
The 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 was the Asian destination to start of Heli-skiing offers. A helicopter takes the skier's upto the Apherwat peak from where one can choose one's own descent route. Also available 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 that remain open during this season.