Oukaïmeden, a formidable ski resort in Morocco


Oukaimeden in southern Morocco is perched at an altitude of three,600 metres (about 11,800 toes).

Six T-bar tows and 18 pistes had been coated by a heavy carpet of snow this 12 months .

Driving to Oukaimeden is an issue, alongside a slim freeway that winds its method up.

A weekend escape can flip proper right into a nightmare when as a lot as 5,000 vehicles head the similar method.

Authorities in El Haouz province, the place the resort is located, have constructed quite a few open-air automotive parks and organize a bus station to help ease guests.

Work may be underway to open a second freeway.

Locals make a modest nevertheless brisk enterprise from November to March when, snow permitting, skiers spend money for courses or to hire ski gear.

Off-season, native entrepreneurs present trekkers the prospect to climb as a lot as Mount Tubkal, one in all many highest peaks of the Atlas fluctuate reaching an altitude of 4,000 metres.

Paragliding may be being promoted, notably when temperatures throughout the Marrakesh plain underneath soar to 45 ranges Celsius (113 Fahrenheit).

Everyone comes proper right here. The French, the British … truly, everyone, along with many Moroccans.

Dubai’s Emaar group launched plans larger than eight years up to now to take a place $1.4 billion in creating the resort together with 11 lodges and the world’s highest altitude 18-hole golf course, nevertheless the mission stays on standby.

Oukaimeden is one in every of two ski resorts in Morocco, along with Ifrane, a smaller, picturesque resort of the Heart Atlas near the northern metropolis of Fez.

Tourism earnings are a backbone of Morocco’s monetary system and the dominion hopes to double the number of company from 10 million to 20 million by 2020.