21 March 2017

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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Snowpack Discussion

21 March 2017 – Cloudy skies today with snow/rain showers forecasted to start around mid afternoon.  We may see some pulses of snow/rain as early as 11 am.  The freezing level is forecasted to be near the top of the chair lift.  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.  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.

Watch out for unstable Wet Loose snow on isolated terrain features during the warmest hours of the day today on all aspects below 3200 meters and especially East, Southeast, South, and Southwest aspects.

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.


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Weather Forecast (link:http://www.snow-forecast.com/resorts/Gulmarg/6day/mid)