North 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 Toubkal Ski Tour will let you experience all the area has to offer. 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.
The Toubkal Ski Tour provides an opportunity to ski Morocco’s most famous peaks from the base at the Neltner refuge.
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.
Toubkal Ski Tour Itinerary
Day 1. Marrakech – Imlil
Transport via minibus with your mountain guide to Imlil and then one hour walk to Aremd. Overnight in our guesthouse in Aremd.
Day 2. Aremd – Refuge Toubkal
The day begins after breakfast with packing our luggage onto the mules and hiking up to Refuge Toubkal (3,107 m) at the base of Jbel Toubkal. In the afternoon the guide will tell you about the local mountain environment, the routes for the next few days, safety considerations, etc. Then he will take you through a demonstration 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 – 5. 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 6. Ski morning/Descend to Aremd
A choice of ski routes today, either to repeat one of the earlier routes or ski to Tizi-N-Ouagane (3,750m). After lunch we descend to Aremd where we stay overnight.
Day 7. Aremd to Marrakech
Walk down to Imlil and minibus back to Marrakech. For more information and prices please use the Contact page to get in touch with Atlas Extreme.