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Ski area for the Himalayas

The highest ski slopes in the northern hemisphere are shortly to be built in Gulmarg on the slopes of Mount Afarwat in the Indian part of Kashmir. With a budget of 2.5 million euros, a French company is planning to build ski lifts and a 2.5-kilometre-long ski run at an altitude of over 4500 meters above sea-level.
Gulmarg's hotel capacity has already been increased through the addition of 500 new rooms to accommodate the expected influx of tourists from abroad. A one-day ski pass in Gulmarg will cost less than five euros. How many winter sport holidaymakers will want to travel 8000 kilometres to escape the impacts of climate change and a lack of snow in ski areas in the Alps, however, remains to be seen. Experts are concerned that visitors unused to such high altitudes could have physical problems.
Source: La Repubblica, 01.04.2005