Skiing in Marrakech

Skiing in Marrakech?! Well not in Marrakech, exactly, but from a base in Marrakech, only a short hop away. You might be forgiven for questioning the viability of skiing in Africa yet the High Atlas Mountains, about 90 minutes south of Marrakech, offer a skiing experience like no other.

There is a number of small ski resorts in the Atlas, most of them unsophisticated by European standards and with limited infrastructure but well worth checking out: Ifrane, Djebel Bou Volane and Mischliffen in the Middle Atlas, Mount Tidiquin in the Ketama district and best of all, Oukaïmeden in the High Atlas.

Perched at an altitude of 3000m in the Moroccan High Atlas Mountains, Oukaïmeden touts itself as ‘Africa’s Premier Ski Resort’.

Though many of the tallest peaks of the High Atlas are snow patterned for much of the year the ski season itself is limited to four months (December to March), the best snow being in January and February. Oukaïmeden has North Africa’s highest lift, a fixed-grip double chair to the mountain’s summit where you are treated to a 360º panoramic view.

At the base area there’s a rental shop with boots, skis and winter clothing. The ski area is mostly off-piste but there are guides, although few instructors. This being Morocco, traditional transport awaits at the foot of the slopes. You could walk to the lifts in 10 minutes but why would you with a donkey waiting to carry you there? Reckon on paying 15-25 dirhams (£1-2) for the ride.

Further information on Skiing in Marrakech

Intermediates beware: runs aren’t machine groomed and conditions can be tricky.

Weekends are busiest and on weekdays lift operations are limited.

If you are interested in Skiing in Marrakech, why not stay at Les Borjs de la Kasbah? We can take care of all transfer arrangements between the city and Oukaïmeden.

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