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Skiing in Africa – Ski Adventures in Morocco

November 21, 2012

SKIING IN AFRICA – Ski-Trips to Morocco
Skiing, Tanning, Having Fun in Marrakech

Skiing in Africa – Ski Adventures in Morocco

Oukaimeden is a ski resort in the desert. Thick snow covers the “Jabal Oukaimeden” mountain summit in winter (usually January and February), in just a 46-mile (74km) from Marrakech.
The resort town of Oukaimeden is suitable for those skiers that request restaurants, ski rental shops, and comfy hotels, set in flourishing greenery with Blue Mountains on the background.
Skiers can get on the mountain riding on a donkey or camel, but they may use common modern ski lifts.
Morocco’s best ski resort is nestled in a 1 hour and 30 minute drive from Marrakech and it takes its pride in about 12.5 miles of trails and lots of off-trail options. The resort’s scenery is overwhelming and Oukaimeden is an incredible place where one may experience
Marrakech skiing: Enjoy the contrast.

The resort has been trendy with rich Moroccans for many years and it has enhanced into one of the country’s best winter destinations. As it is rather close to Marrakech, it is easily accessible from the city and its astonishing off-trail options will bring joy to ski enthusiasts for days.
Oukaimeden offers a variety of 20 trails for diverse skills, but the ski resort’s most excellent lure is the access it caters to numerous chaste trails that zigzag through the High Atlas mountain range. Seven chairlifts operate on the slopes, as well as the continent’s highest at an altitude of 10,734 feet.
From the top of the ski lift of Oukaïmeden, at 3273 meters above sea level, it’s hard to believe that you are in subtropical Africa. Oukaimeden is a collectors resort, but the high altitude means that snow is pretty reliable from December until late March.
Overlooking the Oukaimeden Mountains, Le Courchevel is a cozy address nestling behind the heights of the Moroccan atlas.
The hotel has 37 rooms from 23 to 53m2; most of the rooms have a private terrace.
The resort of Oukaimeden is located at an altitude ranging between 2600 m and 3270 m. The ski resort, the highest of Africa, is also the best equipped of Morocco.

Day 1: At the Airport
Arrival and greetings at Menara international airport
Check-out procedures: passport control and customs formalities
Transfer by air-conditioned luxurious coach to the hotel.
During the transfer, the guide will give a glimpse idea about “Oukaimden” ski resort.
At the hotel
Welcome drink at arrival base mint Tea.
The police forms will dully filled during the transfer from the airport.
Settling in the rooms
Around 20h00: Dinner at the hotel and overnight
Marrakech skiing: Enjoy the contrast
Welcome of the guests qualified English speaking guide.

Day 2: Alpine skiing full day
08h00: Breakfast at the hotel
….Full day Alpine Skiing with Mountain Monitor
Lunch in the top of the slope: Light lunch with sandwiches, omelettes, ….Beers can be broad by ourselves.
Dinner and overnight at “Courchevelles Hotel”

Day 3: Cross country skiing, Racket skiing, or Snow Boarding
08h00 Breakfast at the hotel
….Full day cross skiing, Racket Trekking or Snow Boarding
….All the needed equipment to be provided on site.
Lunch at “Chez Juju” at the terrace overlooking the Mountains
Dinner and overnight at “Courchevelles Hotel”.

Day 4: Rafting and Canyoning
08h00 Breakfast at the hotel
Ourika Valley Atlas Mountains
In the heart of the Ourika Berber valley at 15 km from Oukaimeden, in the middle of the High Atlas Mountains, possibility to enjoy and experience activity in the surrounding rivers jumping and hanging on the rocks all along and descending the water. The equipment and assistance monitors respect international security standard, for an original and completely fun sport enjoying a really exciting extreme experience in the rivers of the Atlas. Difficulties descents are adapted to the sport and experience levels of participants.
Option: When water level of rivers permits, possibility to organize rafting-tubing also to descend the river in a very fun way.
Lunch at Mountain small restaurant overlooking the valley and soft drinks.
Come back to the hotel
Dinner at the lounge bar of the hotel + beverage package ( ½ wine, ½ water, coffee or mint tea )

Day 5: Departure to the desert of Marrakech ( On the rocks )
08h00 Breakfast at the hotel
09h00 Departure by 4WD via off road – Self Driving Experience
13h30 Desert oasis surprise
15h00 Continues of the driving experience
18H00 Retun to the hotel
Dinner on site and overnight

Marrakech the Red City
Marrakech is a city of immense beauty, low, pink and tent-like before a
great shaft of mountains.
It’s an immediately exciting place, especially around the vast space of is central square, the Djemaa el Fna, the stage for a long-established ritual
in which shifting circles of onlookers gather around groups of acrobats,
drummers, pipe musicians, dancers, storytellers and comedians…
Marrakesh’s population is growing and it has a thriving industrial area;
the city remains the most important market and administrative center of
southern Morocco.
The Djemaa el Fna (referred to simply as «el Djemaa» or even «la Place»)
lies right at the heart of the Medina, and almost everything of interest is
concentrated in the web of alleyways around it. Just to the west of the
Djemaa, an unmistakable landmark is the minaret of the great Koutoubia
Mosque (enchanting under floodlights at night), in the shadow of which
begins Avenue Mohammed V, leading out of the Medina and up the
length of the new city, Gueliz. It’s a fairly long walk between Gueliz and
the Medina, but there are plenty of taxis.

Day 6: Medina Immersion
08h00 Breakfast at the hotel
09h00 Departure to Marrakech
12h00 Arrival , check in and relax time
13h00 Lunch at the hotel + beverage package ( ½ wine, ½ water, coffee or mint tea )
15h00 Medina immersion
The guests will be totally immerged in the life of the Medina, discovering popular and local sections of handcrafting seeing and exchanging with the artisans who make these extraordinary objects but also real quarters where the locals live with their specificities as the public Hammam traditional bath, but also the school, the public bakery and even visiting houses and riads to have an idea of the architecture but also and specially the organization of the everyday life in the souks.
The end of this authentic walking tour can be done on the “Jmaa L’Fna square”, entrancing place, where street performers cohabitate with small and several open sky mobile restaurants proposing traditional & delicious food to locals and tourists.
An exclusive stand can be reserved for small groups to let them the opportunity to be part of this great atmosphere.

….After dinner, go to trendy “Jad Mahal” for an after drink with belly dancers and fusion of music and entertainment.
…..Come back to the hotel and overnight.
Day 7: Ballooning flights over the Jbillate desert, Quad biking and Camel riding (optional tours and adventures)
Early wake-up call and departure by 4WD cars with driver to the Jbillates desert area of Marrakech for another surprise!
Ballooning over the Jbillates
• In the middle of nowhere, the participants will discover the balloon ready to fly over the desert and very small Berber villages surounding the city.
• An exceptional experience to discover the surroundings of Marrakech from the sky.
• After 45 minutes / 1 hour flying, landing in the desert and breakfast .

Over the steps of Lawrence of Arabia
“The liberty is not a gift, we take it”
(Thomas Edward Lawrence)
Oriental Breakfast starting with the arrival of Lawrence of Arabia in its camel, to deliver a personal welcome message surrounded by the mystical music of “Maurice Jarre”
The camp site will be taken place in the middle of “nowhere” not far from the landing place.
Transfer by 4WD to the heart of the palm grove and stop in the forest of palm trees for a combined activity of Quad biking and camel riding (exclusive activities) through the palm trees area.
Return back to the hotel by 4wd and rest of the afternoon at leisure or shopping in the new and old Marrakech.

Day 8: Marrakech
Discover Marrakech on your own.
… Brunch at the hotel
… Departure to Airport and assistance.

More details and Booking:
SMS Frankfurt | Events Incentives Adventures
Burgfriedenstrasse 17, D-60489 Frankfurt
Phone: +49-69-95 90 97 00

Next Ski Trip to Morocco:
19 – 26 January 2013

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