We are Swedes and used to snow, cold weather and darkness. In Scandinavia, October-March is cold and dark. Normally we have snow from November/December until February/March. It is not unusual that the temperature can drop to -10/-25C in this period and its dark more or less around the clock.
It can however be very beautiful with the white sparkling snow and the calm that comes with all noises being reduced by the soft snow that embeds the landscape. You can go skiing and skating. However, after a while it gets too much. At least for us. The constant darkness and cold weather were some of the reasons for us to get a place in the sun.
You can get a taste of the Swedish winter in the pictures below, they are from the island Runmarö outside Stockholm where we have our weekend house.
Runmarö, winter time 2013
Winter at Runmarö
So far so good, everyone knows Sweden is cold and snowy during winter (and we actually miss our beautiful little island). But did you know that you can find snow in Morocco and that you can go skiing just a 1,5 hour drive from Marrakech?
Oukaimden is the ski resort where you December-March can find snow just a short drive from the heat in the Marrakech medina. You can go for a day, rent the equipment when you get there, take the lifts to the top, enjoy the slops, have a nice wine lunch and go back.
Plenty of snow in Morocco
Tuesday this week we called our driver and once again took the scenic road to Oukaimden and enjoyed a beautiful sunny and snowy day with -2C, just 1,5 hours from Marrakech where the temperature at the same day was 22C.
A very nice french restaurant in Oukaimden, called Chez JuJu
Patrick, Annelie, Per and Stefan enjoying Oukaimden, December 2013
We just love the contrasts you can experience in the same day here, we had a day of fun, sun and snow. We enjoyed a great lunch, took a horse ride, went up to the top of the mountains and in the afternoon headed back home to the medina.
Do you feel like taking a day trip to Oukaimden and go skiing? Then you should contact our friend Maria and and book. Her company M Travel can arrange all kind of trips and excursions, Also check out her Riad Saba as well. Its a beautiful place!
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow