- Accommodation & Hotels
- Ski run & Terrain
- Lift info & tickets
- Sights & Landmarks
- Activities & Things to do
- Restaurants & Nightlife
- Stay Safe
Gulmarg is a town, a hill station, a popular skiing destination and a notified area committee in the Baramula district of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. The town is situated in the Pirpanjal range in the western Himalayas. The gateway airport for Gulmarg is the Kashmir capital of Srinagar which is a couple of hours drive from Gulmarg. From the airport, tour operators provide transfers or independent travellers can catch a taxi. The journey is eye-popping to say the least! See our Gulmarg travel page for more information.
According to CNN, Gulmarg is the "heartland of winter sports in India" and was rated as Asia's seventh best ski destination. The town is accessible from Srinagar by road via Tangmarg. The road climbs uphill in the last 12 kilometres to Gulmarg passing through forests of pine and fir. Winter sports like skiing, tobogganing, snowboarding and heli-skiing take place on the slopes of Mount Apharwat reachable by a Gondola lift.
Gulmarg Skiing Terrain
Gulmarg Resort is a big ski hill serviced by a gondola, and you are going to have to get the lungs going to make the most of it. The lift tops out at about 4,000m with the summit of Mt Apharwat another couple of hundred metres above that, which provides 1,500+ metres of vertical. Some of the bowls off the summit have a straight 1,200 metres of thigh-destroying vertical descent!
The amount of Gulmarg ski terrain is virtually unlimited and includes alpine bowls, chutes, cornices, glade skiing amongst ancient pines, and glacier skiing without the glacier. That’s not to mention the epic ski journeys down to some of the local shrines and villages which add a whole new dimension to the terrain.
The Gulmarg skiing and snowboarding is suited to advanced and expert riders who enjoy off-piste backcountry terrain. Gulmarg is definitely not the place for the average beginner or intermediate rider. Gulmarg is also best appreciated by those with a propensity for hiking and skinning, and laid-back riders who can cope with an “adventure”.
Guides & Gulmarg Ski Tours
Due the nature of the terrain, the avalanche risk, and the complexity of some of the exits, it is highly recommended to engage the services of a quality guide. There are many different guides available in Gulmarg and they include Australians, Americans, British, Kiwis and local Kashmiris. Most offer a variety of packages which in addition to guiding services tend to include all local transfers, accommodation, and most meals. Some operators will also provide access to snow safety equipment.
Due to its high elevation, Gulmarg has a humid continental climate where the wet winter season sees heavy snowfall, especially for its latitude. Summers are moderate in temperature and length, whereas shoulder seasons are relatively cool.
Transportation - Get In
Gulmarg is 13 km away from Tangmarg. Tangmarg is located at the base of the mountains hosting Gulmarg. Most of the tourist spots are at Gulmarg. Tangmarg hosts few hotels and few tourist spots nearby.
Taxi from the Airport to Gulmarg or Srinagar to Gulmarg should be 1800 - 2000 Rs (Feb 2015), but if the roads are icy, you will probably only be able to catch the taxi to Tangmarg, at which point you will need to hire a four wheel drive with chains for around 700 Rs. This can end up costing more than it should. Alternatively, hotels can often organise transport in 4wd all the way from Srinagar to Gulmarg without changes, even in the snow, for around 2000 Rs. The journey takes around 2-2.5 hours or longer depending on the traffic due to icy weather conditions.For those travelling from Srinagar, shared taxis (Sumos) are available from Buttmal to Tangmarg for Rs. 100 per person (Feb 2015). From there, you can catch a onward shared sumo to Gulmarg for Rs. 50 - 70 (Feb 2015). The whole journey takes 2 to 3 hrs.
Cars have direct access upto Gulmarg from Srinagar; but not at the door step of the Gondola booking office. From Gulmarg taxi dropping point to Gondola booking office & Gondola starting point is just 500-700 meter away (20 minute by walk) but local pony operator will misguide you by directing it as a 3-4 km. away towards different direction. So, to reach there, they will insist you to hire a pony at J&K government's fixed rates of Rs. 1000/- (To & Fro) (Actually these rate are also much over-priced or may be unauthentic).
It is strongly advisable, to head straight to reach to Gondola office without indulge into negotiation with these pony hawkers. There are many incidents of intense quarrel/fight with tourist once you deny to obey after negotiation.
If you are accompanying aged person & really need to have pony, you can hire them for max. Rs.200/- (Total for To & Fro).
The prescribed rate for pony rides is Rs. 350/- per hour (Jun 2017), however the rates are always negotiable.
Transportation - Get Around
Gulmarg is a small town with a large meadow in the centre, and hotels, government residences, gondola, shops at the periphery of the meadow. Most of the tourist spots like Rani's temple, St. Mary's Church, Golf course, Children's park, etc. are located in the meadow. A road around 5 km long goes around the meadow and from within the meadow. The Gondola is located at one corner of the meadow. The market with lot of eating places, hotels are close by.
You can get around all these places either on foot or by hiring a pony. Local rickshaw are also available for getting to some places.
Getting around Gulmarg is done mostly by foot or by flagging down a "taxi". If you are staying close to the market and need to get to the Gondola, expect to pay around 100-150Rs for one person, 200Rs for 2 people and 250 Rs for the whole taxi to the gondola (Feb 2015). If you ride on the outside of the 4wd by holding on for dear life, or by getting pulled on your skis, then thats free (with tip). If you can't find a taxi, then they tend to hang around by the market or bus stand, and outside the gondola or by the junction near Big Bite/Hotel Hilltop.
There is one road that does a loop around the whole area. Walking around it would take about an hour in summer (much longer in the winter). You can go for a ride around Gulmarg in sledges driven by locals which seem to cost around Rs. 100-200Rs (Feb 2015). Its not a quick means of transport though, but it does support the local community. All prices are dependent on demand and your negotiation skills.
The gondola is around 1.5 km from the local hotels and you can take a taxi there. You might be told by the locals that it is a very long que to buy tickets and need to take a guide which is complete nonsense. You are asked to take a pony and are expected to pay Rs. 600 per head. If you don't agree to take a pony your guide will try to take you in a convoluted way to force you to take a pony. So just use google map rather than a guide.
Transportation - Get out
Theres generally no need to leave Gulmarg the night before for flights the next day. The road to Tangmarg is plowed but if there is a big storm, then it may take several hours to clear the snow so check the weather carefully.
Prices are similar to getting in to Gulmarg (see above) and transfers can be arranged by hotels.
Even if the weather is good plan DOUBLE the time to get back to the airport as it took to get to Gulmarg (5+ hours). This is because firstly, various things can go wrong on the way back to Srinagar - the small road to Tangmarg can have an accident on it or the main road to Srinagar may have traffic jams, especially if there is fog. Secondly, there is a frankly ridiculous amount of security at Srinagar airport with multiple checkpoints, even on the road before you get to the airport and then when getting into the airport, and then security check after security check in the airport itself. It takes forever! Also, flights have been known to leave early.
Ski run & Terrain
All the Gulmarg ski action takes place on the Pir Panjal range, of which the most obvious highpoint is Mt Apharwat at around 4,200m. The range and views are breath-taking (literally)!
There are at least four things that you need to understand about Gulmarg skiing before reading on:
- Gulmarg Resort is an advanced snow riders’ hill. Beginners and intermediates need not apply.
- To get to the goods, Gulmarg requires a certain amount of hiking beyond the main ‘inbounds’ terrain. Skiers and borders that can’t or won’t walk up a hill in ski boots or on skins need not apply.
- Much of the high alpine terrain is highly avalanche prone. In addition to snow stability issues at certain times, many of the alpine bowls funnel into chokepoints creating potential avalanche terrain traps along their entire length. Using a quality guiding service is essential for first time visitors.
- Things do go wrong in Gulmarg. Some days the gondola will open late or not at all, or it will snow 120cm in two days and the avalanche danger will be extreme in the high alpine. This is all part of the Kashmir adventure, and regardless of the gondola and avalanche hazard level, there is always a safe place to slide down and have some fun.
The lifted terrain at Gulmarg ski resort is best described as three separate zones. There are three pomas for beginners on the flats, the forested slopes of the phase 1 gondola and surrounds, then there is the quad chairlift and the huge treeless high alpine accessed by the phase 2 gondola.
It is the backcountry of Gulmarg that makes the place shine. By using the gondola as access, most of the hard work is done for you. Bowls stream off the main ridgeline north and south of Mt Apharwat (4,200 metres ish), giving endless possibilities for muscular meltdown. To the south of the top Gulmarg gondola station, the spurs and bowls run east for miles into a deep valley, emerging at the town of Tangmarg, several kilometres below Gulmarg. To the north, it’s possible to get within shouting distance of Pakistan.
The Gulmarg ski terrain on the northwest side of the summit is glacier-like, but without the glacier. Many of the lines to the extreme north of the range were skied for the first time in 2010, so it’s still possible to feel like a true pioneer. The terrain varies from steep chutes to beautifully pitched glades.
During blizzards, delightful gladed terrain can be skied below Gulmarg leading to local shrines. At the end of a backcountry day, aside from all the skiing, you might have only used the Gulmarg gondola once, skinned a few kilometres, hiked a few kilometres and taken a taxi for the rest of it.
Gulmarg is gaining in popularity and skier numbers are on the increase. Having the mountain to yourself is a thing of the past, so the usual rules of starting early and earning your turns apply.
For the Beginner
A few pomas down the bottom of the hill service beginners. The expanse of terrain is very limited, and is predominantly occupied by the locals. Go to Colorado to learn instead. Copper Mountain is good.
Intermediate Gulmarg Skiing
Gulmarg is a great place for intermediates to get injured, and experience shows that you don’t want to end up in the hospital in Kashmir – you wouldn’t like the cockroaches and other people’s body fluids on the sheets! This is not the best mountain for intermediates. Go to Colorado. Vail is nice.
Gulmarg Skiing for the Family/Kids
If your family and kids are advanced skiers that are looking for a major adventure Gulmarg is worth considering. Otherwise, stay home or go to Colorado. Wolf Creek is great.
For the Shredder
There are no man made terrain parks in Gulmarg. Put your shovel to good use and build your own kickers, or there are plenty of natural and man-made features to break bones on. Boarders should also note that the phase 1 gondola has flat sections that may require some effort and plenty of wax to get through.
Gulmarg Ski Terrain - Advanced & Expert
Advanced and expert terrain are lumped together because the Gulmarg ski terrain basically requires competent skills wherever you go, and the difference between an advanced or expert line might be a matter of metres left or right.
The main bowls under the phase 2 Gulmarg gondola offer fast lines down a number of spurs. There are even some pitchy trees skiers’ right of the lift line above the mid station restaurants.
A short hike halfway towards the summit and one can access the North and South Apharwat bowls via a traverse. They can also be accessed via the summit proper. The skiing here is sublime. The bottom half of the North Apharwat bowl is so good that you can do massive super fast GS turns down it.
Beyond the summit the possibilities are endless.
Lift info & tickets
The lift system is simple in Gulmarg. Up the side of Mt Apharwat are the two phases of the Gulmarg gondola, and down on the flats near the village are three pomas. We’ll ignore the three pomas because honestly, who cares!? Adjacent to the mid-station of the Gulmarg gondola is a relatively new detachable quad chairlift.
The Gulmarg gondola, whilst it has only been fully constructed in the last 5 years, is in fact over 20 years old. It was purchased long ago but sat idle on the ground because of the military and civil unrest that has plagued the region. The large Indian military presence all through Kashmir attests to this.
Designed to seat six persons, the most that generally can squeeze in is four. The ‘clamshell’ design of the gondola doors can make entries and exits with backpacks and big skis interesting to say the least.
The gondola is split into two phases. The first phase starts at 2,650 metres up to the mid-station (Kongdori) at 3,050 metres, and serves 400 vertical metres of flattish gladed terrain. One or two groomed trails wind their way through the trees to the base. Otherwise it’s a free for all in well spaced pines. Summer huts from the local herders dot the hillside through the trees and make an interesting distraction, or jump when there’s enough snow. Boarders need to maintain their speed over some of the flatter sections, and you’ll want to go fast anyhow as wildlife enjoys the protection this area affords, and you don’t want to become snow leopard bait!
The 2nd phase of the Gulmarg gondola that goes up to 3,980 metres is the juice. Heading up just shy of 1,000 metres of vertical, it accesses some gob smacking lines.
The detachable quad chairlift provides about 500 metres of vertical rise, and is a handy chairlift for days when the gondola is not fully operational.
The final important “lift” is the local taxis. The taxis do backcountry pick-ups from any accessible location and will either return you to your hotel or back to the gondola for another run. Your local guides will arrange taxis, or if without a guide, try asking the chaps at the Gulmarg Ski Shop for the best way to arrange pick-ups.
Lift TicketsIf you don’t have lift tickets included as part of your Gulmarg ski package, there are two rules regarding lift tickets. Only ever buy single ride tickets and have the right change. Daily, weekly and even season pass tickets can be purchased, but you might do your dough depending on the lift status and type of backcountry journeys undertaken.
Gulmarg Gondola Single Lift Ticket
- Gondola Phase 1 - Gulmarg to Kongdoori (base to mid-station): 200 Rupees
- Gondola Phase II – Kongdoori to Mt. Apharwat (mid-station to top): 300 Rupees
- Chairlift – Mt. Apharwat to Mary's Shoulder (top): 200 Rupees
Gulmarg Gondola Day Pass
- Gondola Phase 1 - Gulmarg to Kongdoori (base to mid-station): 1000 Rupees
- Gondola Phase II – Kongdoori to Mt. Apharwat (mid-station to top): 1600 Rupees
- Chairlift – Mt. Apharwat to Mary's Shoulder (top): 1200 Rupees
Gulmarg Gondola Week Pass
- Gondola Phase 1 - Gulmarg to Kongdoori (base to mid-station): 4500 Rupees
- Gondola Phase II – Kongdoori to Mt. Apharwat (mid-station to top): 8000 Rupees
- Chairlift – Mt. Apharwat to Mary's Shoulder (top): 5000 Rupees
Sights & Landmarks
Gulmarg has some of most amazing treks in world (accessible in the summer). Skiing season starts from December till Early April. Snow Conditions are fantastic and you can get deep powder in Gulmarg ski resort every winter. The main attraction in Gulmarg is the Gondola. Finished in 2004, it runs up to 3995 meters, and is the highest "ski lift" in the world.
A sight seeing trip is mainly get access through Gondola (Rope-way) ride in two phases. Phase-I Gulmarg to Kungdoor (near Khilanmarg) & Phase-II Kungdoor to Aparwath. As of May 2015, Gondola ticket cost are Rs. 600 & 800 respectively for above 3 year kids to adults including return trip. They are very long queque at Gondola offline ticket counter at Gulmarg. Moreover they are many, touts who can get out of the queque tickets through unofficial way and cost so it is always recommended to book in advance from online here.
If you are travelling during May-Oct, there will not find snow at Phase-I so It is recommended to book gondola for Phase-II only.
A "skiing/snowboarding" trip costs 300Rs for a single ride on Phase I or 1000Rs for a Phase I day pass, 400Rs for a single ride on Phase II (when its open) and 200Rs for single ride on the Chair lift from midstation to Marry's Shoulder (Feb 2015). You pay for Phase I at the bottom of the Gondola and Phase II at the Kangdoori midstation when you have reached the top of Phase I, and you pay for the Chairlift at the booth at the bottom of the chairlift (walk out of the opposite side of the gondola midstation to get to the chairlift). Stage two is at a much higher elevation, right on the mountain top and is clearly visible from the Gulmarg taxi stand. The views are breathtaking, which isn't surprising given how little oxygen is at 4000m! The mountains visible from the top are said to be LOC and Pakistan administered Kashmir (specifically Nanga Parbat and (supposedly) the very tip of K2). You can do Mountain Biking from June till September and enjoy some of the best downhill Mountain biking in world.
Activities & Things to do
The main activity for a tourist in Gulmarg is skiing and snowboarding. The skiing season starts on the 25th of December and runs through to March. The snow is generally deep and powdery! Theres a huge number of opportunities for skiing from each of the gondola stations and the chairlift on predominantly ungroomed powder runs. Gulmarg is comparable to the higher areas of Whistler/Blackcomb.
There are two areas for skiing: the high mountain/off piste areas served by the gondola; and a beginner's area near the hotels sited on the hills of the Gulmarg golf course.
The beginners area is open from 10-1, then closes for lunch until 2:30. Lifts reopen 2:30-4.
High mountain area: With its gondola accessible ski area on Mt. Apharwat, 4'124m it offers many possibilities for descents of up to 1'800 vertical meters. The Phase I Gondola is open from approximately 8:30 to 3:30 daily. The Chairlift is open from around 9.30am to 3pm depending on avalanche risk. The Phase II Gondola opens later in the day after the main bowl has been made avalanche safe by blasting. However, Phase II is highly dependent on snow conditions and is often closed for the whole day. Avalanche risk and gondola opening is posted on Facebook here
Sound skiing skills and good health are prerequisites to enjoy ski vacations in Gulmarg. Note that only the main bowl to the skier's left of the gondola is avalanche-blasted and patrolled - all other areas are considered out-of-bounds.It is very easy to exit the ski area boundary into the wild terrain where no avalanche control has been done by the ski patrol. A non-profit avalanche center puts out a daily bulletin and teaches avalanche courses. Some are free, like the avalanche awareness talk which is really helpful. The web page for the center is gulmargavalanche.org
Heli-skiing is available, which opens up far more off-piste opportunities than the one-lift resort that Gulmarg otherwise offers [www]. But its very expensive and weather dependent (around 800USD for half day and 1300 dollars for a full day per person, Feb 2015). The heliski operators are Australian and qualified. They also offer equipment rental including skis, boards, boots and avalanche survival kits (beacon, shovel, probe).
Ski rentals are available in many places in town but quality and prices vary considerably (up to 1000 Rs per day). A good bet for quality snowboards (even girls boots and boards) is the Attic board shop at Mount View Hostel in Gulmarg village near the post office [www]. Prices 600-750Rs per day total (Feb 2015). They'll even put a fresh coat of wax on:) A good bet for quality powder skis (Atomic) up to 186, poles and decent boots is the Government shop by the baby slopes (750Rs per day total) (Feb 2015).
Take care if considering hiring a guide - they are everywhere, persuasive, of variable quality and use and tend to work on a commission basis. Initial price might be attractive but your guide may be reluctant to take you to places which don't pay commission and you'll be paying inflated prices for ski hire, food etc for the duration of your trip. If you want reliable guides, properly trained in avalanche awareness you can contact the part western owned Di5 adventures [www], or enquire at the Mount View Hostel [www].
The weather can be cold and it is necessary for tourists to wear warm clothes. Golfing, Sledging, and horse riding are other activities (best enjoyed in the summer). Major Tourist Attractions of Gulmarg are Alpather Lake , Baba Reshi Shrine , Gondola, Cable Car to Kongdor, Gulmarg Gold Golf Course, Khilanmarg, Maharani Temple, Skiing ,St Marys church,
A number of informal checkpoints exist along the road to Gulmarg, which appear to be staffed by armed volunteers. Tipping may be necessary to pass any given checkpoint.
Restaurants & Nightlife
All of the Gulmarg hotels have restaurants of varying standards. Most serve similar style Kashmiri and Indian food, but the quality varies considerably. Most travellers will tend to have breakfasts and dinners included as part of a hotel package. If you want a change from your own hotel there are quite a few options. For dinner, try the following:
Highlands Park is a great place and serves up the best food on the hill. You can eat in the bar as well.
New Pine Palace has a nice pizza oven that produces great pizza. Other standard Kashmiri fare is available as is alcohol.
Grand Mumtaz does some good stuff, but avoid the mutton balls. Their texture was remarkably glandular and suspicion was rife that they were directly from some local rams!
Hilltop Hotel gets some good reviews.
If not skiing, the market is a great place to do lunch. You can play a bit of Russian roulette in the market and eat at any number of dodgy venues. It is said that getting sick in India isn’t a question of if, but when, so you may as well have a fair dinkum crack and try some different nosh. (However pack appropriate medication such as Lomotil and Stemetil!). An un-named restaurant three doors along from the Gulmarg Ski Shop serves up lovely scorched flesh cooked over hot coals. Apparently they also serve up a fair amount of hashish!
A few fellow skiers suggested that the Bakshi restaurant on the other side of the Gulmarg Ski Shop was worthy of a visit. Whilst the food seemed OK, the local rodents obviously thought so as well. Several were running around on the floor in amongst the feet of the lunchtime crowd.
After some serious high altitude big mountain skiing at Gulmarg ski resort, a meal and sleep might be the only nightlife that interests you.
It’s a myth that there is no Gulmarg nightlife and no alcohol available. This is not the case, although there’s not a large range of grog on offer. Wine is either really expensive or difficult to come by, spirits are limited to the basics, whilst beer is readily available in the bars. So if a few cold frothys takes your fancy, Gulmarg definitely has a few bars worth visiting. The Gulmarg nightlife seems to get better each season with hotels opening up new bars.
Alpine Ridge is pretty good but a bar of note is the Pine Palace, a smoky den of iniquity at the top of the village. Another good bar is the Highlands Park, a genteel step back in time to colonial days. Of the two bars, Highlands Park is bigger, more comfortable and atmospheric. It also serves up the best food on the hill. Pine Palace has the cheaper booze and a relaxed feel, more like a typical ski bum watering hole. The toughest thing to get used to again is the presence of smoke in the bars, particularly at the Pine Palace.
The local 650ml bottles of Kingfisher ‘Strong Premium Beer’ are delicious, and depending on the bottle will either get you drunk or extremely drunk. The label explains why. The alcohol content of each bottle varies between 5.25 and 8.25%.
The one thing that sets Gulmarg apart from the rest of India is that you can drink the water from the taps without completely fearing repercussions of the severe bowel movement kind. A water treatment plant was recently constructed and seems to do the job.
Shopping in Kashmir is both fascinating and annoying. Gulmarg is great for a range of shopping, as is Srinagar, however Dal Lake probably edges toward the annoying end of the scale.
Grocery Shopping Gulmarg
The market area of Gulmarg provides all the basics for survival. Loads of tiny shops with fantastically stacked goods crammed into every nook and cranny sell everything from breakfast cereal to detergent. There are several fruit and vegie vendors as well. The mandarins are particularly good and help fight off the scurvy!
Alcohol in Gulmarg
Being a Muslim state, alcohol is not freely available (or indeed acceptable) in a lot of places, so one good option is to stock up at the airport duty free shop. Alternatively in addition to its few bars, Gulmarg has a secret bottle shop as well. It has no signpost but is easy to find if you know where to look. It is situated behind the Gulmarg Ski Shop in the market area. You need to walk around the back of the building and go to a very small ‘hole in the wall’. They have beer, whiskey and vodka. The beer is 50 to 100% cheaper than what you’ll pay in one of the bars.
Gulmarg Ski Shops
Limited gear rentals are available from the two ski shops in Gulmarg. The bigger range of powder skis is available from the Gulmarg Ski Shop in the market area. The Kashmir Alpine Ski Shop near Hotel Highland Park has a smaller range of skis and gear.
General Shopping Gulmarg
There are no department stores in Kashmir so the shopping experience is intimate in small family run shops stocking specialty items that are handmade and local in origin. Items of interest include jewellery, pashminas, ornaments, intricately carved furniture made from local timbers such as walnut, handmade clothing (leather, fur, wool, cotton & linen), delicately decorated linen Manchester (sheets, pillow cases, table cloths etc.), gorgeous rugs, shawls & brass knick knacks. The list goes on. Some shops will package and mail larger items (like rugs) back home for you.
Thankfully not a whole lot of standard ski resort souvenirs are available, but t-shirts can be purchased from a little stall near the gondola base and also from the GCI Emporium next to the Kashmir Alpine Ski Shop near Hotel Highlands Park. Otherwise the best souvenir might be a tailored Faran from the Khan Cloth House or some other locally fashioned handicrafts.
Temperatures in Gulmarg remain well below zero for major part of the year. Keep your body well covered with gloves, boots, overcoats to keep warm. On the way to Gulmarg, there are small shops where you can rent heavy woolens and boots. Be careful as the guys renting them are very annoying. Snow Boots are not really required unless you are walking on the mountain instead of skiing. A stong pair of hiking boots will suffice for the rest of the town.
If you want to ski or ride the backcountry then a knowledgable guide with proper avalanche training is essential. Contact the part western owned Di5 adventures [www] for more information or enquire at Mount View Hostel . Despite the thousand annoying guys trying to sell their services as guides, in the main bowl of the mountain, guides are not necessary as long as you are a competent skiier/snowboarder and are skiing in a group. Have fun exploring the many possible runs you can find, they will all pop out near the gondola station anyway.
Skiers and snowboarders who plan to ride Phase II or in the backcountry should expect significant avalanche danger and plan accordingly. It is advisable to carry an avalanche beacon and be aware of the dangers. A non-profit avalanche information center provides daily advisories from avalanche experts. The advisory is posted at the common access points of the gondola here.
Crime (apart from some light scamming and overcharging) is very low in Gulmarg and the locals are generally respectful and friendly even to lone foreign female travellers. But it can get very dark at night even along the main road in the village, so be sensible.