A headcam edit of an exploration to find a line that drops into the Gondola Bowl in Gulmarg, Kashmir.
Headcam: Andy Turland
Riding partner: Sandy Norval
Sandy and I had been looking at a line that is at the end of Army Ridge. We rode one lap through the Gondola bowl after Ski Patrol had done avalanche control work then decided to go a find the access point. We found the line and got first tracks.
In 2009 the New Zealand Ski Club of Kashmir put the call out for ski and snowboard instructors to volunteer for a once in a lifetime opportunity; to travel to Gulmarg, India in the disputed region of Kashmir and teach local kids how to ski.
Gulmarg, the location of the world’s highest Gondola, attracts adventure skiers from around the world to sample backcountry skiing on a Himalayan scale. It's also a community ravaged by recent conflict and violence and struggling with rebuilding itself.
8 instructors from Australia, New Zealand, UK, Argentina and France answered the call of the ski club and came to Gulmarg for 2 months of teaching and skiing. This is their story.