About us

Who is Ski Himalaya?

SkiHimalaya is a business venture founded by Australian Peter Robinson and Kashmiri colleague Bashir Ahmed. Ski Himalaya is the primary "wintertime" sales and marketing agent for a number of Gulmarg's leading hotels.

Peter and Bashir first met in January 1999. Seven years later we commenced our long standing plans to provide local transport and mountain guiding services at Gulmarg "Kashmir Powdercats". The "Powdercats" are our Kashmiri guides.

In our first winter of operation (2005-2006) we directly employ ten Kashmiri staff (drivers and guides). The team has now doubled to twenty personnel for the coming 2009-2010 winter. With the exception of our staff training experts from overseas (snow safety trainer Dave Watson and snowboard skills trainer Michael Nixon), all team members are employed from Gulmarg's local communities.

Bashir is one of Gulmarg's most well regarded guides and has lived locally all his life. He is one of only a few local guides with professional winter guiding experience prior to the completion of Gulmarg's gondola (including acting as head guide for overseas ski groups led by Australian ski instructor Mr Carl Lyon, who visited Gulmarg on a regular basis prior to the downturn of tourism to Kashmir in the 1990s).

Peter’s ski travels span five continents and twelve countries. In August 2005 he attended in the southern hemisphere’s leading avalanche safety course, the New Zealand Mountain Safety Council’s Professional Avalanche Training Program at Otago Polytechnic. When not in Kashmir and liasing with Ski Himalaya guests, Peter works with an Australian professional services firm located in the heart of Sydney's CBD.

Peter and his brothers (Justin, Philip and Simon) have been visiting Gulmarg since Justin's exploratory visit in the winter of 1994. Phil is known to many of our guests from the 2006-2007 winter and maintains our website. If you have any comments or images you would like to contribute to our website, please e-mail peter@skihimalaya.com.

By coincidence, the Kashmiri links of Peter's wife Sally go back to the 1940s, when Sally's father's family lived at Peshawar in modern day Pakistan. The family made a number of visits to Kashmir, with an old letter written by Sally's grandfather observing:  

"remoteness has helped to keep Kashmir relatively unspoilt... The remoteness, the Himalayan location, and the permeating peacefulness, savour of the mythical Shangri-La".

ęCopyright, Peter Robinson, Ski Himalaya

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