Want to ski in the Himalayas? Well of course you do and now Telluride local Matt Appleford is making it easier than ever for you to get over there with his new business The Adventure Project. His guide company is setting up all-inclusive trips around the world starting with India this coming season. The following is what Matt had to say about the company he recently founded:
“The Adventure Project specializes in taking adventurous-minded skiers and boarders around the globe in search of powder and to immerse ourselves in foreign cultures. They will be launching their “Gulmarg Powder Sessions” to the Indian Himalayas this upcoming winter. Gulmarg is an up and coming ‘resort’ in Kashmir, in northern India, in the Pir Panjal range, one of 6 mountain ranges that make up the Himalayas.
The town of Gulmarg boasts the second highest gondola in the world at 3890m (12,762ft) and gives access to a massive 5 km (3.1 mile) long ridgeline with over 33 named ridges and bowls, with unlimited options for touring. The area receives around 42 ft of snow (12.8m) annually and you can ski over 1330 vertical metres (4,363 vertical ft) back to to the mid-station. Runs cost 250 INR or approximately $5. The word about Gulmarg is slowly getting around, however it remains relatively unheard of here in the US, despite being featured in a couple of Warren Miller movies and several other ski/snowboard productions. A busy day in Gulmarg is around 200 people on the slopes.”
The Adventure Project will be offering 3, 2-week sessions to Gulmarg this upcoming winter. Check out their website, www.TheAdventureProject.net for more info and pricing. They are catering to small groups of advanced skiers and snowboarders with a focus on avalanche safety, improving freeride technique and guiding in amazing terrain.
Gulmarg is a freerider’s dream and a unique opportunity to explore an otherwise untapped part of the skiing world with like-minded people, all without breaking the bank. Plus they offer deals on all the necessary backcountry gear you may need, via their many sponsors. Dave Liechty, the owner and founder of Grace Skis, one of their sponsors, will be accompanying The Adventure Project on some of their tours. This will be a great chance to try some of their amazing skis and ride with the company’s founder! Keep an eye out, you will be seeing big things from Grace Skis this August……
The Adventure Project will be expanding their offerings to trips in South America, Japan, New Zealand, Russia and other exciting destinations in the upcoming seasons. Stay tuned here as well, as Unofficial will be featuring some of The Adventure Project season edits soon!