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Morocco Ski and Tourski

First snow has fallen in Morocco in the Toubkal national park. The region is home to the best of the few ski areas in, 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). 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. Especially February and March are good. For decades ski mountaineers have been visiting this wonderful area. Skiinig in Morocco is a special experience - you are entering a different world with men in djellabahs walking around in the local souks. 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. Standard trekking and skiing routes to Toubkal begin in 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. Various other 4.000 mm summits like Ras-n-Ouanakrim (4.045m) and Akioud (4.030m)
Other 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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