When people think of Marrakech, Morocco, usually involves sun, sand and heat— but just 45 miles from Marrakech is Oukaimeden, a ski resort that boasts Africa’s highest slopes.
Oukaimeden works best as a day trip from Marrakech, or potentially as an overnight stay. The Village is small but charming, with enough restaurants, shops and accommodations to
make a visit easy and attractive.
The slopes are usually open in December and stay open until about April, but January and February are the best months to go. There are only five runs. Experienced skiiers will do best there,
since the slopes can be a bit difficult. A guide is advised, since the slopes aren’t well marked, and the snow won’t be as well pressed and smooth. Lifts and equipment rentals are very affordable,
but don’t expect the sophistication of your favorite resort.
BAÑOS TERMALES (“HAMMAM”)
Sharing the Turkish tradition, “Hammam” simply means Turkish bath (of a public bath in nearly every town). Four-handed massage, rose petal rituals, couples cabins and privacy, privacy, privacy.
If you’d like to take a step up from the complete self-serve scenario, Marrakech offers a selection of free-standing spas that offer massage and other treatments in the spirit of the hammam tradition.
You should take your own soap, shampoo and towel. Additionally, most people take a little plastic bowl, so they can pour water over themselves, and a glove for scrubbing,
called a kiis. These supplies are often for sale or rent at the hammam. It’s good to have a swimsuit with you; women might want to have a bikini and use just the bottom.