High up in the Himalayas, near the Line of Control between India and Pakistan, lies a paradise for off-piste skiers. The base camp is a small village called Gulmarg. According to the locals, Gulmarg means ‘flower meadow‘. At 2,700 metres up however, there are no flowers to be seen in this high mountain valley in February. Instead, the iced peaks of the Pir Panjal offer free ski mountaineering at 4,000m above sea level. Eva Walkner, from the international SALEWA alpineXtrem team, couldn’t resist.