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India- Kashmiri Curry Powder in Gulmarg

I’m back from incredible India. Though traveling to Gulmarg to ski deep powder amongst the ancient pines is the reason to go to India, one realizes immediately that just going to India is the real reason. Living with these people for even a few days makes one marvel at our obsession with material things and our apparent misery with our added wealth and income. To be with these lovely people, and see how happy they are with just so little, always makes me so content. Just siting on the plane in Geneva, leaving for India, I feel relaxed. The plane is delayed, meaning I may miss my connecting flight. But because I am already in India’s touch, I sit relaxed, knowing only that whatever happens, will happen. I am completely open for the next event, whether it is making the next flight or not, perhaps meeting another amazing person, or getting to know the weeping woman sitting next to me. (She is obviously a bit more tense about making our connection…)

Rumors circulate there is no snow in Gulmarg this year. People have returned very disappointed. I meet John and Paolo at the hotel and see the smile in their eyes. Can’t wait to ski tomorrow. We climb the half hour on skins from the lift to the summit, ski down over variable terrain, then finally dip into the untracked Kashmiri forest as I start to launch myself off of every snow covered stump and bump I see. Howls of glee erupt from deep in me, I see my clients smiling ear to ear, hugs all around as we make the trek back to the hotel, wood stoves, beer, chai, khava, curry, more beer then bed.

India, Incredible India. Come with me January 26 – February 2, 2013

February’s Spring Weather- March’s WIntery Start

It has been absolutely gorgeous this whole past month of February. The corn snow of early February evolved from early winter, SE only aspects, to full-on, Spring-Time corn during the last 2 weeks of Feb. We skied real long runs into this lovely Val du Bagnes, off the Trient Glacier, and several trips onto Italian Corn. Powder was on the northern aspects, and spring snow on the southern. Winter came in March, with some really cold temps and strong north winds. But not much snow fell ’til yesterday. It looks like the months of good weather may yield to some weeks of wet weather. We shall see…

Taking up video, in the place of still photos, has put a wrinkle into my web updates. It’s time consuming stuff. But I’ve been editing some of the video of the past 2 months, and put some here now. They are longish cuts, having saved most scenes for the clients staring in them. But if you have the time, sit back and enjoy the ambiance. Contrary to what you may have heard about this season lately, skiing has been an absolute blast! And that, thanks to Mama Nature and the fun folks I have had the opportunity to ski with.

We spent a fine day at altitude one week ago, skiing through 35cm of fresh powder when Verbier got only 10cm…

Alpine Ski Movie

Kashmir’s film is a still a work in progress.
Gumarg Movie

Jonny Boy, Tim and Sean ripped it up during one of the Foehn events in January.
Loetschental Movie