Ski blogger Sam Lozier is spending a chunk of this winter in
During the control workday, the upper lift at Gulmarg never opened, while I managed to develop a pretty nice fever, which turned into the dreaded GI-tract illness that every traveler dreads. Yesterday I spent the entire day in bed sleeping, napping, or having my patience for
I managed to get some good dinner down, but woke up today physically exhausted and still not 100 percent. After getting to the lift late and finally getting to the top of the mountain for the first time in days, I found it tracked out by those who’d arrived before me, and clouded in on the lower mountain. Still weak from the fever, I only managed one lap, and spent the rest of today laying around in bed.
It’s frustrating to be in Gulmarg right now, we finally got some much-needed snow, but rather than opening up terrain, it has completely shut down backcountry skiing for at least the next week. At the same time, the storm didn’t reach low enough elevations to enable skiing to Tangmarg, the next town down the mountain, so we’ve been left with skiing the essentially flat terrain under the first stage of the gondola.
Travel is always a roll of the dice, and it’s definitely pretty frustrating right now. Having left stable jobs, girlfriends, pets, and all the other elements of a comfortable home life, many of us are left scratching our heads asking "what now?" We’ve traveled half way around the world chasing the legend of bottomless powder and limitless big mountain terrain, and ended up with less than we started with.
It feels awkward to complain, but it’s getting hard to justify staying in one small corner of
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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 www.familyskitrips.com and www.luxuryskitrips.com.