Omar Abdullah – Former CM, Jammu and Kashmir:
With all the amazing snow in Gulmarg you’d think the skiing would be on in full swing but sadly it isn’t.
The slopes that are the main attraction for serious skiers haven’t been opened because no one thought to buy spare parts for the groomers.
It takes more that empty words & a few advertisements to make Gulmarg a world class skiing destination.
Just wishing it were so or calling Gulmarg the Davos of the East doesn’t make it so.
The baby slopes may bring in a few beginners & local skiers doing courses but that’s it.
If only someone had thought to have the beaters serviced & commissioned BEFORE the winter started we might have been able to attract serious skiers to return to Gulmarg but sadly that didn’t happen.