Category Archive for "Morocco"

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JUST GO: Meet James and Miriam Kniffen

When we were planning our trip to Morocco, information about skiing the High Atlas Mountains was a bit scarce, to say the least. Whereas the US and Europe have logistics mapped out with websites and guide books, Morocco, well… doesn’t. So in addition to looking for information on Mt. Toubkal, we were also looking for general information on getting from Marrakech to Imlil (the Berber village before ascending into the mountains), how you organize porters/mules, what guest houses to stay at, etc. Then we came across The Mountain People — a business run by James and Miriam Kniffen from their…

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So many continents, so little time

Unlike our other adventures around the world, our recent trip to Morocco meant more. That trip marked the end of an era filled with adventure, leading to Sean backcountry snowboarding all seven continents, and me skiing five. The end of that journey marks the beginning of a completely new one for us. (One that we’re excited to tell you more about in the coming months!) To honor that chapter of our lives, I’d like to take a trip down memory lane today—bear with me… 4 years is a long time. I began my journey with Sean in 2010. He, having…

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Ski Africa - A Goal Accomplished

February 18, 2024

As the sunscreen seeped into our pores, a slight breeze wafted through the breathable mesh backpanels of our Osprey packs and the blazing, African sun beat down seemingly through our skin. It was 9:45 am on February 14th, and at an elevation of 6,500 feet, we started our six-hour trek from the Berber village of Imlil to the mountain hut, Les Mouflons de Toubkal—at an elevation of 10,500 feet, to officially ride and ski Africa. Having lived at 6,500 feet in Utah for three years, Sean and I considered at that moment perhaps the only downside of moving to Montana……

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My Marrakech First Impression

February 13, 2024

Coming on this trip, I was nervous. I can’t explain why… I just was. The thought of going into a continent like Africa, that is so far from my normal everyday life was daunting. My reference points are trips to Kyrgyzstan last December and to China only 1 month ago, and given the culture shock I experienced in those two places, I was sure Morocco would be a punch to the senses. No matter how much I researched, read guide books, or chatted with friends who either lived in the area or had visited, I felt an odd sense of…