Morocco’s surprising ski slopes, the view from Oukaimeden:
On a clear day, skiers can see the dunes of the Sahara desert shimmer in the distance from the Moroccan ski resort of Oukaimeden, the highest in North Africa.
The view is impressive, even on a cloudy day, but ski instructors say a lack of infrastructure and hotels stands in the way of growth.
The resort is located in the High Atlas Mountains, a mere 50 kilometers (30 miles) from the popular tourist destination of Marrakesh with its luxury hotels and pools.
Oukaimeden in southern Morocco is perched at an altitude of 3,600 meters (about 11,800 feet).
Joumayna, a visitor from Britain who took the only chairlift to climb 1,000 meters to the summit, said: “We are at the top, so close to the clouds. It’s magnificent.”..[Full Story]