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  • May 18th, 2014
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When we think of Marrakech we tend to think in a city in subtropical Africa, at the gates of the Sahara, where caravans of Berber dromedaries carry their goods to one of the most authentic souks of the world. But Marrakech also offers the opportunity to enjoy skiing in the High Atlas mountains, in ski resort of Oukaimeden, just 70 kilometers from the city. Oukaimeden is normally visited on day trips and offers all kinds of services and fun. Oukaimeden Oukaimeden was opened as a ski resort in 1936 by the French Alpine Club in Marrakech. It is located 3.272 meters above sea level and is the highest ski station in Africa and the best equipped of Morocco, as well as one of the most popular on the continent, with an annual average of 24,000 visitors each weekend during the high season. The snow season is quite variable and lasts an average of 120 days a year, from mid-December until mid-April, although there are many possibilities of find snow from January until late March or early April. Oukaimeden ski resort has a skiable relatively modest, about 300 hectares, but very interesting, since it includes 3 black runs, 8 red, 4 blue, 3 green.

In addition, many skiers recommend explore off-piste sites. The station also consists of the highest chairlift in Africa, 2,300 metres of altitude, as well as 6 lifts with capacity for more than 4000 skiers per hour. There are several projects underway to develop the station, as it is a plan to equip their tracks with artificial snow guns. Currently, the price to enter the station is 10 dirhams, the forfait for half day costs 30 dirhams and rental of material to residents should not cost more than 60 dirhams a day. How to get there there are no regular buses that lead to Oukaimeden ski resort, but you can arrange a taxi to go up there and go back to the city between 300 and 500 dirhams.