The journey might take at least a day and the resort may only have limited accomodation, but as "ski bucket list" resorts go, Gulmarg has to be near the top. It boasts the highest ski-specific gondola in the world which carries you to arguably the best off piste you'll ever ski or board. It is also a great base for heli-skiing. Grooming is typically limited to the beginner pomas and a couple of intermediate trails on the lower gondola (400 vertical metres). The upper gondola (940 vertical metres) is typically ungroomed wild snow terrain, providing some of the best powder around.

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