Indian Institute of Skiing & Mountaineering was founded in 1969 at Gulmarg by Government of India, Ministry of Tourism. Initially it was started as a Project named Gulmarg Winter Sports Project (GWSP) in order to develop Gulmarg as Ski resorts of international standard. Now it has grown into a full-fledged adventure Institute which conducts various adventure courses and exciting corporate activities. The Institute had been attracting a large number of trainees as well as tourists not only from within the country but throughout the world. The snow conditions, terrain and the length of skiing season at Gulmarg coupled with a dependable Air service have been major factors in selection of this place as the Ski Centre in the country. Surveys by the foreign experts have also shown that Gulmarg is one of the best areas for development of Winter Sports. Tourists as well as Winter Sports lovers are coming to Gulmarg in large numbers.
Indian Institute of Skiing & Mountaineering has also diversified into hospitalility. It has guest rooms for tourists in a state of the art centrally heated building at Gulmarg which are better than the best hotels in Gulmarg. Its centrally heated Restaurant provides all varieties of food in a cozy environment.