Morocco
Ski Odyssey 2013
Feb 21 - Mar 3, 2013
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What's Included

  • Ski guide.
  • Private transfers to and from airport.
  • Riad, traditional courtyard house, in Marrakech. Double occupancy, private bath, a/c.
  • Guesthouse in Ait Bouguemez. Shared occupancy, shared bath.
  • Refuge. Shared occupancy, shared bath.
  • Maison d’Hotes in Zawiya Ahansal. Double occupancy with private bath.
  • Meals as indicated on itinerary (B,L,D).
  • Museum entrance fees.
  • Private 4x4 transport with a/c.
  • Half-day guided tour of Marrakech’s medina, medieval markets.
  • Bottled and/or treated drinking water.
  • Tips for Moroccan guides and drivers

Not Included

  • Medical, travel and rescue insurance. Medical and rescue insurance are required. We suggest Global Rescue for short-term rescue insurance.
  • Warm sleeping bag. (required for nights trekking)
  • Alcoholic drinks, laundry, telephone charges and all items of personal nature.
  • Personal trail snacks (protein bars, jerky etc.)
  • International air travel.
  • Meals and drinks not specified in the itinerary.
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Packing List

  • Medications, personal hygiene, contact lenses, cold medicine, prescription glasses etc.
  • †Rain/wind coat (Gortex or equivalent)†
  • Warm hat
  • Warm gloves (1)
  • Ski touring gloves (2)
  • †
  • Warm coat (lightweight down)
  • Sleeping bag (0 degree Fahrenheit)
  • Backpack (40L)
  • Small travel towel
  • Hiking/mountain shoes or boots
  • Skis, boots, poles, skins, skin wax, transceiver, shovel, probe, ice axe (light weight), crampons
  • Sandals and/or flip-flops
  • Sunscreen, sun hat and sunglasses
  • Protein bars, jerky or favorite snack (Suggested: one protein bar for each day)
  • Personal first aid kit
  • †
  • Water purification tablets, brand name Potable Aqua
  • Hand sanitizer (pocket size)
  • †Book
  • Two wide-mouthed, 1-liter reusable water bottles (Nalgene or similar)
  • Headlamp and batteries
  • †
  • European plug adapter (2-prong) for camera recharging
  • Handkerchief, Buff is a great item to have https://www.buffwear.com
  • Passport copies (2)
  • Extra small or medium-sized compressible duffel bag for souvenirs
  • One ski bag and one piece of checked luggage (50 pounds or less, no wheels please)
  • Ear plugs
  • Long sleeve or 3/4 sleeve button-up shirts (2-3)
  • Lightweight hiking pants (2)
  • Mountain pants (soft shell water-resistant)
  • Lightweight wool shirt for layering (1)
  • Warm mid-layers (fleece or wool)
  • Hiking socks (2) Ski socks (2)
  • Comfortable clothes for relaxing
  • Nice travel clothes for evening out in Marrakesh (1)
  • Please pack lightly!
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Skiing in the Atlas Mountains

Regional Culture

Moroccan Culture

  • Bowles, Paul. The Sheltering Sky.
  • Brett, Michael, and Elizabeth Fentress. The Berbers. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishing, 2007.
  • Shah, Tahir. The Caliph’s House. Shah, Tahir. In Arabian Nights. Clammer, Paul et al. Lonely Planet: Morocco 9th edition, February 2009
  • Canetti, Elias. Voices of Marrakesh

Islam

  • Armstrong, Karen. Muhammad: A Prophet for Our Time.
  • Armstrong, Karen. Islam.

Health & Safety

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HEALTH & SAFETY

It is important to remember that you will be over a day’s travel from the nearest medical facility. There are NO doctors in the region. Clients must be careful at all times and not take extreme risks to their physical health and safety. Compare the remoteness to being on a backpacking trip in the wilderness; help is hours away. Suggested Vaccinations for Morocco:
  • Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Td/Tdap)
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
  • Hepatitis A (may require more than one dose – allow time prior to travel)
  • Hepatitis B (may require more than one dose – allow time prior to travel)
  • Typhoid
  • You do not need Malaria, Yellow Fever or Cholera vaccinations.

FOOD AND WATER

Water purification of some kind is always necessary. Bottled water is available in Marrakech. The houses where you will be staying in the mountains serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. We suggest traveling with acidophilus, probiotics, and/or grapefruit seed extract, all commonly found at the health food store. These natural supplements are great ways to combat foreign intestinal bacteria on a natural level. Foreign bacteria is not bad, it is just different than what our bodies are used to and it is smart to take precautionary measures while traveling in any foreign country.

CONDUCT AND DRESS

Men should not show their shoulders or knees and women should not show their elbows or knees. This means no shorts for men or women. Capris, long pants or long skirts only. Women do not need to cover their heads but many of our past participants have chosen to wear a head scarf from time to time. Women do not need to cover their faces. You will see other foreigners wearing less culturally aware clothing both in Marrakech and the mountains. However, they are ‘tourists’ rather than guests of the locals. We prefer to maintain a high level of respect at all times.

ALCOHOL AND DRUGS

Drinking alcohol in front of or with locals and their families in the rural villages can be considered disgraceful. Out of respect for the locals that we will be traveling with, alcohol will only be available at some dinners or should be consumed in private areas. This will be at the Berber village, at the discretion of the trip guide and host. In addition, Morocco may be famous for its marijuana and hash but, despite what most people think, it is illegal. It can also be considered extremely disrespectful to do this in front of locals.

LANGUAGE

Arabic is the official language of Morocco. French is widespread in metropolitan areas and with men and teenagers in rural regions. Berber is the language of the mountains. English is very rare, with the exception of Marrakech where it is more and more apparent; but still not everywhere. A little Arabic or Berber goes a long way; an Arabic phrasebook is priceless.

MONEY

Morocco’s official currency is the dirham. ATM machines and money exchange houses are plentiful in the cities. However, credit cards are rarely accepted, even at prominent tourist hotels and markets. Do not count on these services outside of the city. If you plan to shop, exchange money or withdraw it before heading into the mountains. VISA is the recommended credit card for an emergency. MasterCard and American Express are not widely accepted.

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Expedition Overview

This ten-day expedition to the rugged Central High Atlas Mountains of Morocco treats you to
the best skiing on the continent of Africa. You will have six days (weather permitting) of backcountry skiing in
spectacular alpine locales in addition to the opportunity to explore the country’s rich and exotic
history and culture. The skiing consists of various objectives (from 600m to1200m descents)
including a summit and descent of Jbel M’goun (4071m; 13,356ft), the second highest peak in
North Africa, Jbel Oumsoud (3883m), Jbel Tarkeddit (3650m), and Jbel Azourki (3677m).

Morocco is a land of inspiration, exoticism, awe-inspiring scenery, grand architecture and graciously
hospitable people. For centuries it has been a muse for explorers, famed artists, writers and designers
such as William Thesiger, Eugene Delacroix, Henri Matisse, Paul Bowles, William Burroughs and
Jacques Majorelle. Few places in the world will overwhelm your senses with contrasts as intense
as Morocco’s sharp white sun against towering golden limestone cliffs; expansive vistas of palm
trees framed in 4000 meter high snow-capped peaks; slow-cooked dishes bursting with the flavor of
preserved lemons, green olives and cumin; robed and hooded nomads traversing the desert alongside
masses of camels, sheep, and goats; and narrow, winding medieval streets bustling with merchants,
artisans, storytellers and snake charmers.

Come be guided far from the trodden tourist circuit, deep into the heart of Morocco. You will be
challenged and exhilarated during your climbs and descents of Jbel M’goun, Oumsoud, Tarkeddit and
Azourki. Immerse yourself in an unforgettable culture and inspirational journey.

Cost $5200
Date Feb 21 - Mar 3, 2013
Duration 10 days
Capacity TBA
Reservations Use Contact Form or call us at +1-530-582-1246

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