The slopes of the Affarwat Range, which looms over Gulmarg, are a favourite with skiers, and fine hotels like the old Hotel Highlands Park and the newer Khyber Himalayan Resort & Spa make for a great holiday. It gets better: Kashmir Heliski offers heliski packages (Rs 5.4 lakh per person) where you get 60 runs on fresh powder snow over six days. If you can’t heliski, hitch helicopter rides to watch pros leaping off on their skis and snowboards to carve crazy lines. You can also get dedicated ski instructors. Downtimes are spent luxuriating in your hotel. The seventh day is spent in a houseboat on the Dal lake.