The western Himalayas rise above the hill-station town of Gulmarg in the Kashmir region of India– a region with a rough and recent history of conflict, as ongoing disputes over the India/Pakistan border have the potential to erupt in bloodshed. Tensions simmer just below the surface. But despite the past conflict, the region is home to a vibrant culture and the steep ramps of massive snow peaks.
It was the call of these peaks that beckoned Griffin Post out of Jackson Hole. It takes days to get there. Grif lugged gear through Dehli, then the streets of the region’s capital, Srinagar, where he met up with Ian McIntosh. From there they drove up into the cup shaped valley in the Pir Panjal Range.
People have been skiing out of Gulmarg since the late 1920’s, but after WWII and the 1947 departure of the British empire the resort collapsed. Despite several attempts to rebuild, the eruption of the region’s conflict prevented skiing from getting going again until the early 2000’s. New generations are just now discovering skiing for the first time. But it wasn’t war that gave the boys their biggest challenge. It was the age old problem of warm weather and no snow. Grif and Mac waited for a weather reset, and when it came it brought the goods. They ventured by heli beyond the resort to peaks above 13,000 feet. Grif and Mac layered deep turns and cliff drops over the experience of travel and immersion in the fabric of India’s culture.
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As Smith celebrates its 50th Anniversary in 2015, we would like to highlight one of the key athletes that has been with us for 20 years. From the days of hop turns and hot tub landings, to multiple World Champion titles, to redefining what is possible in ski mountaineering, Dav has been a key part of the brand and we are excited to celebrate his commitment and dedication to not only Smith, but the sport of skiing in general. Join us as we take a trip down memory lane with one of the sport’s most accomplished athletes. Thanks for everything you have done over the past 20 years Dav, we look forward to seeing what you are able to accomplish in the future.
Since 2001, Sage has called the slopes of Alta home and it is the jumps, gullies, and consistent powder found off the Wildcat Chairlift that makes this area so special to him. Despite traveling and skiing all over the world, Sage always returns to his magic place, where he is able to revel in the comradery that takes place under the Wildcat.