By Ian Hamilton for BigRush
Sunshine Couloir is a steep strip of snow cutting through a 4,200m rocky peak in Gulmarg, Kashmir. We needed to go 1000m into the valley between Apharwat Ridge and Sunshine Peak, before skinning up 1000m through a snowfield crowned with a 200m boot pack up the guts of the couloir.Luke of Ski Patrol helped arrange a night at the top of the gondola and some advice that was boosted by Billa from Kashmir Heliski. After a night in the gondola station watching Bollywood movies, we awoke in time for the sunrise to head off to Sunshine Peak.
Only one steep gully line was available since the sun and lower elevations had diminished the snow. It was one of the most fun lines I’ve skied yet! It was not long before we skinned up a beautiful ridge line towards the huge snowfield lying below Sunshine Peak.
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