AFAR's Jan/Feb 2016 issue hit stands today with a beautiful photo feature about snowsurfing in Japan (yes, Japan!) shot by photographer Kari Medig (@kari_medig). But last week we found that we were too excited to wait, so we invited @kari_medig to take over @afarmedia's Instagram feed to share some stunning images of another surprising ski location: Morocco, from the slopes of Oukaïmeden to the sands of the Sahara.@kari_medig found along the road to Oukaïmeden are proof enough that there is plenty of powder to be had high in the Atlas Mountains.
This is the top of the ski lift at Oukaïmeden, where photographer @kari_medig explored the Moroccan ski slopes. While many of the tourists that he met were new to skiing, these two young Berber locals were ready to enjoy a challenge and the late season powder.
From the Sahara to the snow:
even after a recent storm, the fresh dusting of powder at Oukaïmeden has a red tint from the dust of the nearby sand dunes. (You can even see a reddish tint on the snow in the lower right corner!)
You can have the best of both world's if you're traveling through Morocco in the winter—without giving up your winter ski dreams. Don't forget to pick up the new issue of AFAR, out today, for more of Kari Medig's powder day photos.
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