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Avoiding the blues in Gulmarg

Posted by Eric Wilbur, Staff  January 21, 2010 01:01 PM

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By Sam Lozier, Correspondent


Today, Allen and I realized that along with running water and toilet paper, the hotel we’re staying in also doesn’t provide towels. So after skiing, we wandered into the part of Gulmarg that has open-stall style shops and found a fabric store that sold them.  The proprietor of the shop casually mentioned that we should “probably wash the towels” as we left the shop.


Initially we didn’t think much of it, but then it began to sink in that in a place like Gulmarg (where cleanliness isn’t exactly the top priority) we should probably listen to this guy.


After four sink-washing cycles that left the basin full of neon blue water from the dye, the towels were clean enough to use. We’re going to have to thank him for not turning us into Smurfs when we go to pick up the clothes we ordered.


Ski blogger Sam Lozier is spending a chunk of this winter in Kashmir, India with his friend Allen Taylor. Read and see more of Sam's work at

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Eric Wilbur is a lifelong recreational skier who spends most of his winter and spring in the mountains of New England. He does not ski in jeans. You can read more of Eric's work here.

Heather Burke is an award winning ski journalist with over a decade of ski news coverage. As a former ski instructor and a ski parent, she knows the ski biz from the inside out. She and her family visit New England ski resorts, as well as the West and Canada, to report on the latest trends and their best family finds. Her husband Greg takes all the accompanying photos, and their work can be seen at and


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