South of Casablanca and Mararakech, the Oukaimeden Ski Area in the Atlas Mountains is North Africa's largest resort with a 2,100 feet vertical from the 10,600 foot summit. It also the highest resort in Africa. The Oukaimeden Ski Area is popular with regional snowboarders.
The snowboarding at Oukaimeden Ski Area is located about 80km from Marrakesh. When snowboarding and freeriding internationally, it is important to get a travel insurance policy that covers emergency rescue, medical expense and evacuation. There are many destinations that will not initiate rescue or medical treatment without prior payment or proof of insurance. In many cases, the rescue fees, medical fees or evacuation to a reputable hospital can total tens of thousands of dollars. Plans such as GEOS SAR100 or IMG Patriot Travel Medical Insurance are well worth the per-trip cost of $130 to $200 USD.