Sandy is our friend that knows how to milk the most out of his travel time. He has tuned his skills to a fine art over the last few years. We asked him to write some blog entries for us and sort of leak some of his Gulmarg knowledge. He agreed and has written about a few of the topics he thinks are vital reading for the aspiring Himalayan snow bum........
|Gulmarg and the plateau....Ski town like no where else in the world.|
cheap. Finding a good job that means your shred time to work ratio ain’t heavily work
weighted, can be a nightmare. Don’t get me wrong it can be done. However, more and
more people are sacking off ‘reality’ for a life of meaning and fun, which means a lot of the
good jobs are already ﬁlled for the following season. Therefore, you’ve got to be cheeky
and perhaps look for somewhere a little unique and essentially cheaper. Alternatively, you
could become an investment banker, work for a few years and then take a couple off to‘reassess’ if earning wads of cash is actually fulﬁlling! What ever ﬂoats your boat really.
Now what if I’d told you I’ve done my last three seasons without having to do any work whilst there. Okay, I may have made some hats to sell. But all who know me, know how well my hats sell! It may have involved a bit of hard graft before getting there. It may also require living in a little less home comforts than you’d get in a Western resort. But for three months free time to shred to your heart’s content, would you complain?
|You can try to buy one of these from Sandy. |
You'd best be around for the whole season if place an order!
India is notorious for it’s cheapness on the backpacker circuit. So you’d expect a shred season to follow suit. Well, in all honesty, it’s not quite the case. You can deﬁnitely spend money in Gulmarg, just like any other ski town. You can stay in the swankier hotels, go bloody heli-skiing(!), drink the $5 beers everyday and get old men to pull you around on sledges. (Seriously, you could!)This is all good and well if you’re only there for a couple of weeks or even a month. But I’m not talking about that holiday type jazz. I’m talking about the long-haul. The be there at the beginning of the season, dodging the hidden rocks and getting to know the other 30 people who share your love for the white stuff. Right through to the Spring storms, where you’re blasting slashes, wind lips, cornices, steeps and still ﬁnding deep, deep love with the other 5, by now amazing, people who are just that little bit keener than the rest.
|Are these the 5 who are keener than the rest?|
I’ve got a few hints and tips to try and make life a bit easier. I suppose the ﬁrst thing I’d say is if you’re a bit high maintenance don’t bother! By all means come to Gulmarg on an
adventurous shred holiday and live it up. This advice is for the people like me. The ones
that work a hard job and spend all their waking moments trying to sort out what is the most
important bit of gear they should be buying next. The one’s that can face waking up in the
morning and seeing their breath mist up in front of them. The one’s that might not mind
cracking the ice off the toilet or showering from a bucket.The one’s that might just be a
little bit feral!
If this sounds like you and wearing a beanie that proclaims your love for snow would be standard then stay tuned!