Ski tours in the High Atlas, Morocco
High altitudes, steep couloirs, and couscous us in the area around Jbel Toubkal. The sun is strong, the Sahara is close, and the snow is African.
For the eighth year, we are arranging a ski trip to Morocco in collaboration with mountain guide Mikke Eriksson and our local promoter, Berber Slimane. Africa is hardly the continent you associate with skis and snow, but the High Atlas mountain range in Morocco offers surprisingly good skiing with varying degrees of difficulty. The area around Jbel Toubkal, which is North Africa’s highest mountain at 4,167 m, is very well-suited to ski touring. A CAF-refuge (Club Alpin Français) is strategically located in a deep valley near the base of Jbel Toubkal. From here, you can reach a number of 4,000-metre peaks with relative ease, which during the winter months are snow covered.
During the trip, you will come in contact with the local population of the Atlas Mountains, the Berber people, and become acquainted with their culture.
During the trip, you will come in contact with the local population of the Atlas Mountains, the Berber people, and become acquainted with their culture. If you enjoy sweet tea, you will appreciate a cup of “Berber whiskey” after a day on the mountain. During the trip, you will also have a powerful encounter with the mythical city of Marrakech.
We’ve been arranging ski trips to this region since 1999 and know both the people and mountains well. Mountain guide Mikke Eriksson (UIAGM), who leads this trip and is very familiar with the area, can give you an exciting and full ski week.
The trip day for day
Day 1. Marrakech, Morocco – Imlil
At the airport of Marrkech, you meet up with Pathfinder Travels’ leader/mountain guide. We continue our journey to the mountain village Imlil, where we get settled into the hostel of our friend Slimane. During the trip, information about the upcoming days’ events and activities will be handed out.
Day 2. Imlil – Refuge Toubkal
After an early wake-up and breakfast, we pack our luggage onto the mules and hike up to Refuge Toubkal (3,106 m) at the base of Jbel Toubkal. We eat lunch and then get informed about the local mountain environment, the routes for the next few days, safety considerations, etc. This is followed by a practical run through of our avalanche equipment. We will overnight the next few nights in the refuge, where we also eat breakfast and dinner. We take lunch with us onto the mountain.
Day 3 – 6. Ski touring
In the morning, we put on skis and climbing skins (ski touring) or crampons (alpine touring) for a ski tour of Ouanoukrim (4,089 m), and Jbel Toubkel and other nearby peaks of about 3,700 to 4,100 m. The area offers both steep couloir skiing and open fields, and we choose our descents as per the group’s wishes and nature’s conditions.
Day 7. Imlil – Marrakech
An early descent to Imlil, some repacking and then we continue our journey towards Marrakech. We visit the bathhouses, called hammam, and some light city orienteering in medinan, the old innertown. We eat a wonderful dinner that evening.
Day 8. Departure
We take the transfer to the airport and can glance back at the High Atlas Mountains with joy. If you have choosen to continue the trip on you own you part here from the rest of the group.