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First snow has fallen in Morocco High Atlas mountains. In the Toubkal national park where Jebel Toubkal (4.167m. / 13671 ft) is the highest summit and also the highest point in North Africa. The Toubkal area is the only region in the entire continent of Africa which has good conditions for ski mountaineering. January, February and March are good. Around Jebel Oukaïmeden there is a small ski resort with some ski lifts, elsewhere you have to walk up with your tour ski's in the fresh snow. 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).
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  
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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