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Oukaïmeden Resort Reviews

Visitor reviews for Oukaïmeden Ski Resort



  • February 27, 2013
    Régis from France

    Oukaimeden on the 19th & 20th of February 2013: 30cm of fresh snow during thé night and blue sky on thé morning. 10am up to thé top and perfect ski all day long!
    Good stay " Chez Juju" with perfect food, good hôtel and friendly people.
    Just try Oukaimeden: fantastic atmosphère.

  • Oukaïmeden Ratings

    Based on 7 votes. Vote

    Access: 4.1

    (1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Oukaïmeden.

    Public Transport: 3.6

    (1) There are no buses or taxis to Oukaïmeden, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

    Scenery: 4.4

    (1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

    Accommodation: 4.3

    (1) No places to stay in/near Oukaïmeden, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

    Cheap Rooms: 3.9

    (1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

    Luxury Hotels: 3.6

    (1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Oukaïmeden.

    Ski in/Ski out: 4.4

    (1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.

    Childcare: 3.3

    (1) There are no child care facilities at Oukaïmeden, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

    Snowsure: 3.6

    (1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Oukaïmeden is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

    Snowmaking: 2.8

    (1) Oukaïmeden relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

    Snow Grooming: 3.2

    (1) There are no snow groomers at Oukaïmeden, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Oukaïmeden are groomed daily.

    Shelter: 3.8

    (1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Oukaïmeden is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

    Nearby options: 2.7

    (1) If snow conditions are poor at Oukaïmeden, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.

    Regional rating: 4.4

    (1) Oukaïmeden usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.

    Lift Staff: 4.4

    (1) The staff at Oukaïmeden are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Oukaïmeden are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

    Crowds/Queues: 3.9

    (1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.

    Ski Schools: 3.7

    (1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.

    Hire and Repairs: 4.1

    (1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.

    Variety of pistes: 4.0

    (1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Oukaïmeden has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

    Beginners: 4.4

    (1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.

    Intermediates: 4.3

    (1) No intermediate terrain at Oukaïmeden, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

    Advanced: 4.1

    (1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.

    Snow Park: 2.0

    (1) Not even a kicker at Oukaïmeden, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

    Off-piste: 4.0

    (1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.

    Cross-country: 4.0

    (1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Oukaïmeden, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

    Luge/Toboggan: 3.9

    (1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Oukaïmeden has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

    Mountain Dining: 4.4

    (1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.

    Eating: 4.3

    (1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.

    Apres-Ski: 3.8

    (1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.

    Other Sports: 2.7

    (1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.

    Entertainment: 3.9

    (1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.

    Winter Walks: 4.1

    (1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.

    Ski Pass Value: 4.4

    (1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.

    Value (National): 4.4

    (1) Overall, Oukaïmeden is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.

    Value (Global): 4.4

    (1) Overall, Oukaïmeden is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.

    Based on 7 votes. Vote

  • January 23, 2012
    krystofa from Ukraine

    We are spending this week in Oukaimeden, in a nice chalet very clean with a lovely cheminey and dynamic staff. So you can ski and hiking too around in the berber villages. You can use this address the have more information imzough@yahoo.fr
    All regards.

  • January 13, 2012
    Vicky from Morocco

    Hello, there is a nice hotel : Chez Juju they offer several kinds of rooms, and the restaurant is very good. The e-mail is resachezjuju@gmail.com

  • December 26, 2011
    hadler from Italy

    Hello

    I am looking for some chalet or room in this area. Could you give email address ? I will be in February 2012.

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  • December 10, 2011
    Peter from Poland

    Hello

    I looking some chalet or room in this area. Could you give email address or skype id ? I will be in February 2012.

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  • November 08, 2011
    solange from Switzerland

    Hello everybody looking for skiing and hiking around Oukaimeden (Oukaïmeden). In this area don't bother yourselves, not many accommodation especially if you look for a nice mountain chalet. There's one for rent, all of them is closed, this one is really very clean and fancy the staff are very kind.
    www ihalocationoukaimeden com or idmossma@yahoo fr
    Enjoy your time
    don't miss because they do it very well
    solange

  • January 21, 2011
    Mehdi from Morocco

    Hi,
    I would like to know how far it is possible to own a chalet in Oukaimeden. Is there any contact to help for this?
    Many thanks in advance,
    Mehdi

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  • November 16, 2010
    thomas from Russian Federation

    Hi sorry for my English, I want to tell people who like much mountain chalet ambience and good services and clean areas, nice cooking too, very gentle staff, even then could search you from airport too. The owner is named Moss. Nice recommendation in Oukaïmeden. You can have a full fun. imzough@yahoo.fr
    or 00212661618236
    thomas

  • February 18, 2010
    Louza from Morocco

    I just wanted to comment on another reviewer's otherwise good advices. I live in Morocco and own a "chalet" in l'Oukaimeden (Oukaïmeden) and I've been skiing there since I was a child. February is the best month to ski in l'Oukaimeden (Oukaïmeden). Of course, some years there is some good snow from the end of December 'til the end of March, but February is a better bet if your purpose is really to ski the Atlas mountains.

    Have a good one!

  • February 06, 2009
    abdellah from Morocco

    I'm a local mountain guide 39 years old who has never seen Oukaïmeden with a lot of snow in my life. If you love freeriding or ski de randonnee the Atlas mountain is the place to be this year.

  • January 30, 2008
    Sam Knight from United States

    Went snowboarding on January 21 and 22. The base is still solid but getting icy and skied off near the summit. Rocks starting to poke through a good bit. The locals said the last snow was on the 7th. The lower T-Bar lift areas looked pretty good still. Chez Juju cooks up an excellent dinner. Be ready to bargain with the Grand Taxi drivers for a decent rate up to the mountain, and you've got to be assertive about it. If you are taking your own gear, you'll have to buy out the taxi. In all, I had a blast and would love to return to l'Oukaimeden someday.

  • January 14, 2008
    Ray Clouse from United States

    Went skiing at Oukaimeden on 27 December 2007. Conditions were pretty good though they definitely needed another good dump. Off the top of the chair coverage was decent enough but stay on the heavier skied runs otherwise you'll run into lots of rocks.
    There were two places I saw where you could rent equipment; go to the one uphill from the first one you get to. The first one tried to charge me 500DH (over US$70). The second shop charges a flat 170DH; much more reasonable. Also, rent a car in Marrakech instead of taking a grand taxi. As a foreigner they'll rip you off big time.

  • January 06, 2008
    Jim Thomson from United Kingdom

    1 Jan 2008
    Despite "no report", the lifts at Oukaimeden were open on New Year's Day with good piste conditions on the short lower slopes and some excellent snow on the longer run from the top of the mountain but with some tricky rocky patches to contend with so don't use your own skis!

    The fabulous views and the interesting journey up from Marrakech (not to mention the £3 lift pass and donkey transfers) made this an interesting excursion......but possibly worth a day trip only, unless there is more snow; when I guess the off-piste might be quite extensive.

  • February 19, 2007
    James Allder from United Kingdom

    I went up to Oukaimeden on Friday (15th of Feb.) The lifts were shut because there were so few people there. They said that they had been open the day before and would open up on the weekend. The snow was melting fast so it needs a good dump. You can walk up to the top in 1 hour 15 ish and ski down. It is worth it for the view alone.

  • January 17, 2007
    Norman from United Kingdom

    Hi Domingo.
    I gather that there is not enough snow at the moment. But if you wanted up to date resort information why don't you call the Hotel in Oukaimden and ask them.
    Hotel Kenzi Loupa Tel: 00212 2447 6767
    Regards

  • January 02, 2007
    Domingo from Spain

    Hi,

    I'm planning to visit Oukaimden on the first week of february. Does anybody know where can I find updated resort information (lifts open, snow depth, etc)? Snow-forecast info seems to be out of date (well, may be there is obsolutely no snow and this info is correct ...).

    Thanks

  • January 01, 2007
    Norman from United Kingdom

    Hi Guys.
    I spent 9 weeks in Marrakech during the months of Sept, October & November. Two of which were spent in Oukaimden. I was lucky enough to be working there ( on a feature film called "Charlie Wilson's War") so all expences were paid. Yes Oukaimden is, by European standards,a poor resort but then again who goes ski-ing in Africa? Only those who are "collectors" or those who are there anyway !
    Although there was some snow when I was there the lifts were not operating and indeed would not be expected to be until Jan/Feb.
    However I have another small contract in Marrakech for the month of February - and I have packed my skis in the container!!!!!
    So I will report back in March.

    >>> london guy. Yes there is a lot of poverty, but I have also seen the locals having drag races with their Ferraris outside Pacha in marrakech at 4 a.m. So some certainly 'aint poor !

  • December 19, 2006
    london guy from United Kingdom

    Hi. I think Omar is getting a little carried-away and has taken offense at a straightforward remark. It is all relative, and if you come from a wealthy part of Europe, you get the impression that it is very poor indeed. Yes there is some money there too, and there are upmarket facilities too. but Omar, its nothing to be ashamed about, don't have a chip on your shoulder about it, just accept that Europeans will sometimes, like me, be a little shocked at some of the poverty that exists. : ) I still love Morrocco.

  • June 16, 2004
    Jeremy from United Kingdom

    Oukaimeden is located 70km or an hour drive south of Marrakech in the Atlas Mountains. The easiest way to get there is a taxi from Marrakech which can cost any where between 300 to 400DH (30-40 Euros). As there is no scheduled bus service you can arrange for the taxi to return to pick you up if you know the day and time you wish to return. Oukaimeden offers a true taste of adventure & a cultural experience along with consistently steep mountain terrain where other tourist's other than Moroccan's are not often found. The small village is set into the side of the red coloured rocks 1km away from the Chairlift and occasionally a donkey can be found to help you make the short trek across.

    Because the temperatures still reach mid 20's in the middle of winter the season is short, so the best time to go is January to Mid-February. The chance of new snow is very slim, however mid-week very few people are there and after a dump long fresh lines can be found inbounds for many days after, with little more than a 5 minute hike back to the base of the chairlift. There are a few short platters at the base for beginners, but the modern new double chair takes you 600 vertical metres to access the mainly advanced steep runs, unless you get off at the mid station for one of the few intermediate runs available. Due to the African sun, the terrain aspects facing the sun all day do not tend to hold the snow and even the chutes and gullies and bowl aspects tend to have hidden shingle rocks as well so it is best to bring one of your old sets of boards or skis unless you have sweet sponsors to hook you up.

    Facilities
    Please be aware this is a very poor country and there is no shelters or developments of any kind at the base. The lift ticket office is a box 2ft by 3ft, there is a small shack 10ft by 7ft that sells refreshments and light snacks, the ski/ board hire is a limited supply of gear laid out on the dirt bank by the car park and don't expect to see any piste groomers other than a heard of goats passing by.

    Accommodation
    There is a couple of hotels (one expensive and one reasonably priced) and for a small fee to a local 'guide', they will take you round some more authentic & traditional style cottages or private houses where you can rent a flat / apartment type set-up with if your lucky a balcony & sun lounges, etc.

    Tips
    - When you are traversing across from the top chairlift, don't be afraid to un-strap and walk across short sections of exposed rock to get to wider out chutes & gullies as this is where you will find your virgin lines with a short walk again back to the base.
    - When done on the mountain for the day, the ridge 10mins walk up from the village has remarkable views at sunset with horizon line upon horizon line stretching down to the flat lands and if you follow walk along the ridge for another 20mins you can sit on the edge of some vertical cliffs looking out over Africa.

  • February 23, 2004
    Jeremy Payze from United Kingdom

    Oukaimeden is located 70km or an hour drive south of Marrakech in the Atlas Mountains. The easiest way to get there is a taxi from Marrakech which can cost any where between 300 to 400DH (30-40 Euros). As there is no scheduled bus service you can arrange for the taxi to return to pick you up if you know the day and time you wish to return. Oukaimeden offers a true taste of adventure & a cultural experience along with consistently steep mountain terrain where other tourist?s other than Moroccan?s are not often found. The small village is set into the side of the red coloured rocks 1km away from the Chairlift and occasionally a donkey can be found to help you make the short trek across.

    Because the temperatures still reach mid 20?s in the middle of winter the season is short, so the best time to go is January to Mid-February. The chance of new snow is very slim, however mid-week very few people are there and after a dump long fresh lines can be found inbounds for many days after, with little more than a 5 minute hike back to the base of the chairlift. There are a few short platters at the base for beginners, but the modern new double chair takes you 600 vertical metres to access the mainly advanced steep runs, unless you get off at the mid station for one of the few intermediate runs available. Due to the African sun, the terrain aspects facing the sun all day do not tend to hold the snow and even the chutes and gullies and bowl aspects tend to have hidden shingle rocks as well so it is best to bring one of your old sets of boards or skis unless you have sweet sponsors to hook you up.

    Facilities
    Please be aware this is a very poor country and there is no shelters or developments of any kind at the base. The lift ticket office is a box 2ft by 3ft, there is a small shack 10ft by 7ft that sells refreshments and light snacks, the ski/ board hire is a limited supply of gear laid out on the dirt bank by the car park and don?t expect to see any piste groomers other than a heard of goats passing by.

    Accommodation
    There is a couple of hotels (one expensive and one reasonably priced) and for a small fee to a local ?guide?, they will take you round some more authentic & traditional style cottages or private houses where you can rent a flat / apartment type set-up with if your lucky a balcony & sun lounges, etc.

    Tips
    - When you are traversing across from the top chairlift, don?t be afraid to un-strap and walk across short sections of exposed rock to get to wider out chutes & gullies as this is where you will find your virgin lines with a short walk again back to the base.
    - When done on the mountain for the day, the ridge 10mins walk up from the village has remarkable views at sunset with horizon line upon horizon line stretching down to the flat lands and if you follow walk along the ridge for another 20mins you can sit on the edge of some vertical cliffs looking out over Africa.