October 21, 2020

Skiing in Algeria

When you’re thinking about your next ski destination, skiing in Algeria isn’t at the top of your list – but why not? The combination of the Tell Atlas Mountains and the National Park where the best ski resort in Algeria is located offers spectacular and breathtaking views whilst skiing and snowboarding in Algeria.

Algeria is the largest country within Africa, it’s located in North Africa and boasts a Mediterranean coastline, plus 80% of the Sahara Desert is found inland in Algeria. Its capital is Algiers and another popular city to visit is Constantine.

Chréa is not only a ski resort in Algeria it’s also a town in the Blida Province, Ouled Yaïch District. It’s in the Tell Atlas Mountain range near to Blida. The National Park is one of the most popular and most picturesque in Algeria. Here is where you can ski in the Atlas cedar forests and it offers unbelievable vistas.

  • The ski resort of Chréa in Algeria is the top ski resort which has been awarded 2.5 stars out of 5
  • The largest ski resort in Algeria is Chréa which serves up 0.5 km of slopes
  • Once again it’s a hat trick for this ski resort as it’s the highest ski resort in Algeria with an altitude of 1,550 metres

Chréa ski resort – is located in the Province of Blida, Algeria, Africa

  • The nearest town to this ski resort is Chréa
  • Skiing and snowboarding
  • 0.5 km of slopes
  • Elevations are between 1,460 and 1,550 m
  • There are 0.3 km of beginner runs, 0.2 km for intermediates and 0 km for advanced skiers
  • 3 ski lifts – moving 2,600 passengers per hour
  • 1 T bar lift
  • 2 circulating ropeway/gondola lifts
  • Total lift length 7.4 km
  • A valley run
  • 2.5 stars out of 5
  • Ski season is from mid-December until mid-March

The ski resort of Chréa is just 70 km from the capital of Algeria, Algiers. Chréa is most known by the locals for its important history to the country, but to foreigners, it’s most known for its ski resort and nature reserve. The locals and foreigners alike love this ski resort where children play for hours throwing snowballs at each other. Whilst the ski resort isn’t bustling it does get busy but, not overcrowded. Skiing, snowboarding and sleighing are popular with everyone here and whilst they are taking part in these activities’ they can take in the breathtaking scenery. The National Park offers awe-inspiring vistas from its majestic mountains to its landscapes of forests. Wildlife thrives in this lovely reserve, it’s a truly beautiful location to spend time in.

Sightseeing in Algeria

Is diverse with its beautiful coastline and Roman sites at Timgad and Djemila. If you enjoy history you must visit both sites which depict intact Roman towns in their full glory. There are also Roman ruins in Tipaza which was once part of the Roman Empire, it’s found on the Algerian coastline. If you visit Algiers, you can see the imposing landmarks from the Ottoman era such as The Ketchaoua Mosque which was built in the 17th century. This landmark is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Casbah of Algiers is the traditional quarter and is a maze of stairways, narrow winding streets and famous landmarks. The Ketchaoua Mosque is also found here.

Another must-see is the Neo-Byzantine basilica Notre Dame d’Afrique – Our Lady of Africa, which was completed in 1872. It was built under French colonial rule and its distinguishing features include its large silver dome and its beautiful mosaics.

Is skiing in Algeria worth trying? Is there any reason not to?