Thinking of going on a skiing holiday this up coming winter? Have you thought about going to Morocco?
When I think of Morocco, glistening souqs, walled courtyards of Marrakech and the white sandy beach of Agadir all spring to mind. But after watching Lonely Planet ‘the road less travelled’ this weekend, I never would have placed skiing and Morocco together.
Situated an hour and a half by car outside Marrakech is the magnificent Atlas Mountains. The nearest town to these African slopes is the quaint little town of Imlil, which is conveniently located next to Toubkal, the highest peak in the Atlas mountain and Northern Africa. This area is popular with enthusiastic hikers on day trips or on long weekends from the city. Once winter comes round skiers wills replace hikers to take over the now snow covered peak. telegraph.co.uk
If your heading to the mount for a spot of skiing, then Oukaimeden is the best slopes Morocco has to offer. From renting equipment to ski lifts, Oukaimeden has the marking of a small ski resort, but what makes these slopes unique and quite charming is the donkeys which can be found working on the snowy peaks. If you are on a day trip, there are a couple of restaurants surrounding the slopes to allow you to warm up. But if its accommodation your after, the nearest town of Imlil has a range of guesthouses all reasonably priced whilst offering a large range of services.
It could be questioned whether skiing could really take off in Morocco? Can the Atlas Mountains ever challenge the slopes of Austria or Switzerland which are credited among keen skiers, or will Morocco remain the symbol of spice and surf. Only time will tell.
Lonely Planet, ‘The road less travelled’- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lvX35tEpUXc