Off the Beaten Piste


For our next instalment of the HITC Ski Report, we take you two places you might not have thought of before: Kashmir, India and The Grand Caucasus Mountains of Georgia.

Clearly these are not trips for those seeking the five-star spa or a lively apr├ęs ski scene. But for adventurers with a good grasp of powder, these trips will guarantee an experience unlike any you've had before.

Kashmir, India
24-31 January 2008
3-10 February 2008

The Gulmarg Resort in the Himalayas boasts the highest gondola in the the world, at 4,000 metres. The area used to be a favourite of British ex-pats in the 1930s and '40s, and now caters to very small crowds. Last season, only 500 people marked these mountains.

The resort is not very developed, so much skiing is done with a guide, and the trip includes a visit to Delhi and Dal Lake at Srinagar.

For more information, click here.

The Caucasus, Georgia
29 February-8 March 2008

Much closer to home are The Grand Caucasus Mountains, which run from the Black Sea coast to the shores of the Caspian. The mountains are high and untamed and perfect for heliskiing.

The resort of Gudauri is small but growing, and on the trip, two days are spent with a guide, and the last two seeking rides by helicopter.

For more information, click here.

If you know of an exceptionally fabulous/unique/cool/different resort we should write about, let us know!

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