Hit the slopes, Morocco-styleAtlas Mountains, Morocco
Morocco tends to conjure thoughts of tagines, deserts and inescapable heat, so you’ll be forgiven for forgetting to pack your skis. Yet only 70 kilometres from Marrakesh, the Atlas Mountains are home to Oukaïmeden, Africa’s highest ski resort.
Oukaïmeden offers a Moroccan take on the classic sport. Clamber onto a donkey instead of a chairlift, haggle for a cheap set of skis and spend a bizarre après-ski in awe of the snake charmers and street performers who roam Jemaa El Fna.
- Escaping the heat of lowland Morocco
- The rather unexpected chance to ski in Africa
- The price compared to skiing in Europe or the Americas
- It’s about 75 kilometres from Marrakech, so it’s perfect for a day trip
- Altitude sickness
- The faux guides who offer to show you around for a fee, but don’t really know much about the area
easyJet flies to Marrakech from many European cities.
Boot and ski hire for the day costs about US$17. Lift passes cost about US$10.
You can start your run at the peak of Jebel Attar, which reaches an altitude of 3,258 metres.