Surprising excursion in winter, only 75 km from Marrakech (about 1h30 drive). We go to this charming and somewhat old-fashioned ski area to hurtle down the snowy slopes on a locally made sledge. The Ouka, as it is called here, is the highest station in Africa (among the six existing ones) and culminates at 3,270 metres above sea level. She has about 20 leads. In order to enjoy quality snow, it is necessary to go there during the short season which lasts four months, from December to March. The landscape is less varied than in the Ourika valley, but still very pleasant. The Oukaïmeden resort still has the charm of small, confidential resorts, the mountain is not sanitized and picturesque: on the edge of the slopes, the vendors of souvenirs and sea buckthorn berries, the Mediterranean fruit par excellence, have something anachronistic about them. On the road, a few kilometres from the finish, small mountain restaurants serve excellent meals. If you see one with its door that seems to open onto the void and its balustrades made with skis, don't hesitate!
At 2,600 m, at the level of the pastures, the massif offers a magnificent panorama. From walking to trekking for several days, not forgetting downhill or cross-country skiing and now snowshoeing, the possibilities are numerous. Prehistory enthusiasts will not miss the rock paintings on the site. Look out! In winter the road is slippery and rather dangerous. Fill up with petrol from Marrakech, the last refuelling station at km 39.
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