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Mt Apharwat's winter climate is characterised
by major storms and big snowfalls which last for days,
followed by periods of beautiful blue weather. During
the clear weather low overnight temperatures keep the
snow dry and in great condition. These longer weather
patterns predominate, as opposed to a climate of regular
grey sky with a little snow each day. With only a small
local snow-rider population and big snowfalls, there
is always an abundance of un-tracked snow here. Therefore
Gulmarg is one of those rare places where keen powder
enthusiasts are more interested in blue sky weather,
rather than the arrival of the next snowfall!
Our experience at Gulmarg suggests that
its wind conditions are generally similar to the quiet
and gentle weather of the southern USA Rockies, ideal
for maximising the quality and depth of the settled
snow pack, as well as your riding comfort in both good
and bad weather conditions.
The prevailing directions of Gulmarg's
winter storms tend to slightly favour the northerly
orientated sub-faces of the ridges which wrinkle Mt
Apharwat's five kilometre face. These north to northeast
facing slopes on Gulmarg's upper mountain provide a
number of huge natural "snow traps" which
can be relied on for excellent snow cover from December
to late April.
While we have not yet visited Gulmarg
in early winter, we understand that the relatively dry
conditions of late October and November mean that, even
at the lower altitudes of the Tangmarg valley below
Gulmarg, there is minimal early season rain, and that
the first winter snows fall on dry cold ground, assisting
accumulation of the early season snow base.
As you can see
from our chart, 2005-2005 was a winter of huge snowfalls
Robinson, Ski Himalaya