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January 8, 2011

Skiing under the African Sun? Ski Morocco JESS Kalinowsky Friends Travel LLP

Filed under: Africa,Morocco,Ski Oukaimeden — moroccowithfriendstravel @ 6:06 am
Skiing under the African Sun?
Africa ski resorts

Skiing finds its patrons in Africa, as mountain ranges do spread out in this continent too. Though Kenya, despite the 5 800 m of the Kilimanjaro, has no ski resorts, Morocco and South Africa realized the pleasures of skiing and exploited the potential this sport presented as a tourist destination, resulting to development of striking resorts thriving under the sun.

In South Africa: Tiffindell

Starting June through August is the season for skiing on the forty mountains of South Africa. The whole of South Africa has just one ski resort on the slopes of the Eastern Cape’s highest peak, the Ben MacDhui (3 001 m): Tiffindell. It was shaped in 1994 with only the basic infrastructure that included a rural road.  Since then, it has become a much-preferred destination, prompting planning of its development by planting small chalets of stylish ski alpine, chairlifts, snow-blowers, and a cosy pub at the end of a thrilling day of skiing. Expeditions are structured at Cape Town and Johannesburg.

In Lesotho: Afri-Ski

Lesotho kingdom, landlocked by South Africa is dramatically mountainous and is rightfully called “the small Siberia in Africa”. The north of Lesotho, at 3222m above sea level you have Maluti Mountains, housing Afri-Ski Leisure Kingdom, a ski resort based in Oxbow. Afri-Ski offers some amazing skiing and snowboarding opportunities.

The terrain stretches beyond 1,000 acres offers three slopes and two ski lifts. Afri-Ski earned the credit of hosting its first successful skiing season from June to August 2005 when nearly 3000 tourists, mostly from South Africa, visited the resort prompting 2500 skiers to enjoy skiing the longest ski slope in Africa. Now it hosts the King Cup Lesotho, the only competition of its kind in South Africa on an annual basis. The resort is 4½ hours’ drive from Johannesburg South Africa.

In Morocco: Oukaimeden

An hour and a half away from Marrakech, Oukaimeden is a premier skiing resort of the African continent in the red mountains of High Atlas. Here the ski chairs take you up to 3243m from where the views of the surrounding mountains and valleys are a must.  Seen from the top, the peaks look hostile but they are indeed thickly populated and have some of the most beautiful scenery in Morocco. The village offers nearly twenty tracks, ski lifts, and restaurants.

The season is rather short, just a month and a half month between January and February. However, this scene is not going to last long as funds are being poured to provide improved facilities including introduction of snow cannons. There are also plans to construct luxury hotels and an eighteen hole golf course. In the foreseeable future the old fashioned ski resort will disappear, and that should prompt you to be there before it so happens and a true feel of the place!

MOROCCO@FriendsTravel.com

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