Gulmarg's five short poma surface lifts are located on back-to-back slopes overlooking the snow blanketed golf course. The pomas provide an excellent variety of wide open beginner and intermediate practice terrain. The area is the venue for Gulmarg's ski school and race clinics.
The poma slopes are a few hundred metres walk from the gondola, and can be a handy way of visiting the Hotel Highlands Park or the Golf Club, which are both located further along the golf course. In previous winters the pomas were not open to snowboarders, due to the resort's experience of "derailings" involving novice boarders. The poma slopes are groomed on a regular basis by Gulmarg's modern Kassbohrer machines.
The 18 hole golf course, one of the world's highest, is Gulmarg's main venue for cross country ski training and racing. Even more exquisite cross country terrain is provided by eleven kilometres of summer walking tracks built in British colonial times. These include forest pathways rimming Gulmarg's mountain shelf with beautiful views of both the valley below and surrounding mountains. Modern cross-country ski gear is available from the government hire shop.
For guests who would like to visit local attractions (including Muslim, Christian, Sikh and Hindu places of worship plus the Golf Club) on cross country skis or snow-shoes, Ski Himalaya can arrange hire equipment and a personal tour for you with local history guru (and expert golfer!) Mr Feroz.
ęCopyright, Peter Robinson, Ski Himalaya