What does the scale above mean to you as a skier or snowboarder in the Gulmarg backcountry? Remember, this advisory is for the Gulmarg backcountry, which means the terrain that is outside of Gulmarg Ski Area. The red areas in the photo below are the Gulmarg backcountry, and the green area is Gulmarg Ski Area. This advisory does not apply to the green zone ski area. Read more here.
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20 March 2017 – The first day of Spring. Avalanche danger at all elevations is Low (1) today, natural and human triggered avalanches unlikely. Watch out for unstable Wet Loose snow during the warmest hours of the day on East, Southeast, South, and Southwest aspects from 12pm-4pm today below 3200 meters. Watch out for shallow dry loose (sluff) snow above 4000 meters on Northerly aspects. As always, Low (1) avalanche danger doesn’t mean no avalanche danger. Ski and snowboard with a partner, there have been several reported cases of near snow suffocation accidents in the past week where people were trapped upside down in holes in the snow. Read more about this below.
http://www.deepsnowsafety.org/index.php/. We now have enough snow in the conifer forests for skiers and riders to get trapped in tree wells and stream holes. Read more about this phenomenon in the link above. It causes several fatalities each year in other ski regions of the globe.
Beacon TrainingToday there are (2) beacons buried on Merry Shoulder. The beacon training area here in Gulmarg is located on Merry Shoulder. The orange dot (see photo below) indicates where a red flag is next to a large birch tree. This is the “point last seen”. Start your search here. We have one, two, and three beacons buried here daily. Please do not dig up the beacons, simply cycle through your Primary (signal) search, Secondary (flux line) search, Pinpoint search, and then Probing. A probe strike indicates the end of your search. If you’re interested in learning more, please come by Gulmarg Ski Patrol base at the bottom of the chair lift.
Next avalanche talk is Tuesday, 21 March 2017 at 7:30pm at Pine Palace Resort. Pine Palace Resort is located in Gulmarg meadow. Talks will continue every Tuesday night at 7:30 pm through 28 March, 2017.
Daily backcountry avalanche advisory for the Gulmarg community. Advisories are built from real time and snowpit data from the Gulmarg Ski Patrol and Snow Safety Officer Luke Smithwick. A service provided by the Jammu & Kashmir Tourism Department.