Gulmarg Avalanche Center is a non-profit, educational collaboration of international avalanche professionals. Our goal is to separate people and infrastructure from avalanches in space and time. To achieve this, we deliver avalanche education and daily bulletins in the village of Gulmarg, in the Indian administered state of Kashmir.
Our primary audience is the recreation sector; skiers and snowboarders traveling in avalanche prone areas outside of the Gulmarg ski area boundary. Our recreational audience is a diverse mixture of culture with a wide range of avalanche experience. To offer this diverse audience the resources to stay safe in avalanche terrain we use current international standards so visitors will recognize a similar message in Gulmarg as they see at home in France, Canada, USA or New Zealand.
Education and Avalanche Bulletins
Experience has taught us that the best way we can help prevent avalanche accidents is through education. Our Avalanche Awareness talk is an informal, social event that combines interesting avalanche safety skills specific to Gulmarg; it’s a great opportunity to meet locals and visitors and plan trips with the latest bulletin delivered by one of our forecasters. Join us at 7pm each Tuesday evening at Pine Palace Hotel.
Every day during the winter season our forecasters collect weather and snowpack information throughout the Gulmarg region. Each morning this data is rendered into a public bulletin and published on the web; on a printed bulletin located at the base of the Gulmarg gondola, on social media, and video briefings.
Gulmarg ski area opened alpine access in 2005. By 2007, two foreigners died in separate avalanche accidents in the Gulmarg backcountry. Our efforts to reduce these numbers commenced in 2007. Five years later, avalanche related deaths in the recreation sector remains zeroed despite an average 5% annual increase in our forecast audience.
The Gulmarg Avalanche Center maintains an advisory relationship with the Indian Military, the Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment, the High Altitude Warfare Training School, the Indian Department of Meteorology and the Jammu and Kashmir department of Tourism.
We are grateful for the support of our affiliates and donors who recognize the need for this public service resource. In 2013 we offer special thanks to the New Zealand Mountain Safety Council and Wired Internet Group for their combined support in developing our improved bulletin.
Our end of season report including our annual financial report will be available by link in Spring 2013.