Ski in Marrakech at Oukaimeden.
Over the past few days Marrakech has been a little under the weather. Its rained, its been cold, not its usual sunny self. All the while the Atlas Mountains have been cloaked in a mysterious blanket of cloud. This morning we awoke to blazing sunshine again and the Atlas Mountains glistened in the distance covered in a fresh powdering of snow. So we dugout our snow suits and ski boots and headed for the slopes.
The nearest ski resort to Marrakech is in the village of Oukaimeden, around 70km from Marrakech and assessable in about an hour and a half. The drive is beautiful. Firstly along through the Ourika valley and then up through the winding mountain road until you reach the peek.
The children became excited as we hit the snow line and we were transported into a winter wonderland. They pretended they had gone through the back of the wardrobe and spent the rest of the journey discussing all their favorite Narnia characters.
The slopes of Oukaimeden are at 3268m above sea level, the air is clean and crisp and when the sun is shining and the snow is shimmering it really is a very refreshing little place. The slopes are not enormous but you can have a very invigorating ski. It is hard to imagine while you are down on the arid palm filled plateau below, only an hour and half away people are whizzing up and down these ski slopes. It makes you understand why people say that Morocco is a land of many contrasts.
When you get to the village of Oukaimeden there are plenty of places to hire your skis. For as little as 50dhs, another 50 and you have your pass for the ski lift and your off…… Don’t worry if you’ve never skied before for another 100 you can hire your own personal teacher. They call themselves monitors and are willing to give you lessons no matter how old you are. I’m not sure if they are qualified to teach, but Its amazing to watch my four year old confidently ski down the slopes guided by her energetic kindly monitor.
You can snowboard, you can ski, you can eat and you can even sleep over in the many little auberges scattered around the village. The village of Oukaimeden is perfect if you have traveled to Marrakech for some winter sun and fancy a break from the souks down below.
Here is a link to check the snow reports if you would like to have some ski fun when you come to Marrakech.