If you are looking for something slightly different for your skiing trip this January, look no further than Marrakesh. Not only will you discover the hidden ski gem of Oukaimeden, a fully-functioning ski resort at 8,530 feet, the highest in the continent, where you will have breathtaking views ( you can just about see the Sahara Desert, thousands of meters below), and great skiing, but being 30 mins from Marrakesh you can combine it with the hustle and bustle of one of North Africa’s most vibrant cities. If that isn’t enough you can also take in the awesome spectacle that is Formula E’s Marrakesh ePrix on January 13th 2018.
FORMULA E MARRAKESH ePRIX
If you have never heard of Formula E or if you have but have never experienced it first hand, there is no better place than to soak it in than the Marrakesh ePrix. Watching these incredible pieces of technology speed around the streets of one of the world’s most breathtaking old cities will create a memory of a lifetime.
Add to that the glitz and glam of the sport within a city that is full of life and culture, you are in for a real treat. To reserve your tickets click here.
SKIING IN THE ATLAS MOUNTAINS
Only 30 minutes outside the city lies the skiing gem that is Oukaimeden. The skiable area tops out at 10,603 feet, 6 feet higher than Val Thorens, France, one of Europe’s most snow-sure destinations.
Runs aren’t pisted as such, meaning virgin snow awaits, and the powder is crisp and dry. For the casual skier or adventurous beginner, a fun and unconventional day awaits.
More committed skiers look southeast. Imlil, two valleys and a large diversion away, is the gateway to the High Atlas, and a favorite jumping-off point for ski tours.
MARRAKESH – WHAT TO DO & SEE
There is so much to do and see in Marrakesh we wont be able to do the city justice but here are a few highlights.
Come see one of the greatest shows on earth. Originally a place of public execution – the square’s name means ‘assembly of the dead’ – these days the Djemaa draws the crowds for more pleasant pastimes such as storytelling, astrology, snake charming, acrobatics and toe-tapping Gnaoua troupes.
Souks and Fondouks
Nowhere is Marrakech’s medieval-modern vibe more evident than in their equivalent of a shopping mall. Where Aladdin’s cave meets The Labyrinth, wonder at all the goods on offer from lanterns to traditional clothing.
You will need to put you best negotiating hat on as any Moroccan will tell you haggling is a sport here!
One of the true delights of Marrakesh is its extensive network of hammams (public bathhouses). In the steam-filled interior of the bathouse, a tebbaya (bath attendant) will take you in hand, coating you with savon noir (black soap made with olives) before scrubbing off layer upon layer of dead skin followed by a soothing mud mask. You will come out feeling like new!
So what are you waiting for – be here in Marrakesh on January 13th for the winter break of a lifetime. If you are interested to learn more and how to obtain tickets to the ePrix click here.