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First snow has fallen in Morocco in the Toubkal national park. Jebel Toubkal (4.167m. / 13671 ft is the highest point in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco, and also the highest point in North Africa. It is the only region in the entire continent of Africa which has good conditions for ski mountaineering. January, February and March are good. Ski mountaineers have been visiting the area for decades. Despite the Sahara Desert so close, the High Atlas has substantial winter snowfalls, and although there are no glaciers since the Ice Ages there are a few permanent snowfields on shaded north slopes. The standard trekking and skiing routes to Toubkal begin from the village of Imlil in a valley to the north, and climb to the Neltner Refuge, a hut at 10500 ft (3200 m) just west of Toubkal. Routes ascend to the summit via the north and south cwms, and numerous possibilities for high ski traverses also exist. The region is also home to one of the few ski areas in Africa (and certainly the best), Oukaimeden, located in a high valley about 10 miles northeast of Toubkal, with several lifts which run from 8500-10600 ft elevation (2600-3250 m). Some useful links:
   Club Alpin Francais - Casablanca
    (includes ski info for Toubkal)
  Ski mountaineering in Morocco, High Atlas
  GoSki Morocco - Oukaimeden (info about ski area)
  Oukaimeden, Morocco: Ski lift at 3268 m
    (info about ski area)
   Topographic map of the Toubkal region (1:250,000 scale)
   from Carte du Maroc NH-29-3 Marrakech
   <click to enlarge>

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