It’s one of the world’s highest ski resorts. So where’s all the snow?

January 12, 2024

At this time of year, the slopes of Gulmarg are normally packed with snowboarders and skiers, all taking advantage of the fresh January powder that annually blankets the Himalayas.

But as with many popular winter ski destinations right now, this resort town in Indian-administered Kashmir is facing a snow shortage due to unseasonably dry weather, disappointing both travelers and tourism operators. Despite the lack of snow, their hotels have been experiencing very high occupancy rates in recent days.

While acknowledging the dry spell, she said there are still things for tourists to do in Gulmarg, including ride the gondola, which offers great views of snowy peaks. But with dry slopes, those who make a living catering to the annual influx of ski and snowboard enthusiasts are left wanting. amp