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Ski in a Savoyard ambience in Morocco 

Would you believe it?!

In the Atlas Mountains, Oukaïmaden is a ski resort considered to be one of the most important in Subtropical Africa. Sand and snow, what a contrast!

Located 70 km from the south of Marrakech, and close to the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains, Jebel Toubkal offers skiing and snowboarding on 20 slopes served by 7 lifts at elevations varying between 2,210 and 3,270 meters.

Soft whiteness

The best period for “winter” sports is from January to the end of March, when the temperature varies between 7 to 20 degrees Celsius. Skiers’ comments from around the world say that even though the snow conditions are not the best, the site is worth the visit. To be noted in your collection of unlikely places.

And no worries: equipment rental is offered on site.

A hearty stay

Usually, skiers will take a one-day ski excursion, but it is also possible to spend the night seeing the stunning panoramas under different light.

At the top, the only hotel is Le Courchevel. Added to the name, the cheese fondue served at the hotel justifies the Savoyard recommendation.

Le Courchevel has 47 rooms with private bathrooms and a terrace in some of them, a living room with 2 fireplaces and a bar-lounge that serves tapas in the evening.

Typical hospitality

In Marrakech, a comfortable and affordable suggestion (from $55/night) is the Riad Dwaka.

Located 1 km from the town centre, close to Place Jemaa el Fna and backed by the gardens of the Bahia Palace, this guesthouse offers rooms decorated individually, Wi-Fi in the rooms and even access to a laptop computer.

On site, it is possible to rent a car and to book private activities in the neighborhood: henna tattooing, quad in the desert, cooking lessons, beach, excursions at Imlil and in the Ourika Valley, or at Ouarzazate and Essaouira.

A tremendous “winter” trip!

Research and French original: Sylvie Berthiaume

Translation: Christiane Théberge

Le Courchevel

The Toubkal

At the Riad Dwaka

  

 

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