Winter is in full swing at Afriski. In spite of a unusually late start to winter the Afriski snowmakers have been hard at work and have made lots of snow using the recently upgraded snow making system which means that the ski slopes are open and the snow fun has begun. To date the Maluti highlands have enjoyed one good snowfall on the 9th and 24thof June. To ensure that everyone gets the most out of their ski or snowboard experience, Afriski have also added a new button lift and extended the intermediate slope guaranteeing skiing even during high winds and heavy snowfalls. Read more
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Yes, it snows in Africa, and in 2011 it snowed a lot ! It is also a little known fact that people have been skiing in various Southern African mountain ranges since 1929. One of the most ideally suited locations are the Maluti mountains in the Kingdom of Lesotho. Not far from Clarens lies the Mahlasela Pass and the location of the Afriski – Ski & Mountain Resort.
A lot has changed since 1929 and the introduction of modern snow making facilities and lifts to Afriski in 2002 have allowed skiing and snowboarding to flourish in this little know corner of the Lesotho Mountain Kingdom.
Lesotho may not pop up on many people’s radar as the most obvious ski destination. Africa, is after all synonymous with the big five and open savannahs, not snow capped mountains. However, as the only country in the world that lies completely above 1,000m and with more peaks per square kilometre than any other African country, Lesotho is indeed blessed with fantastic topography. Does it get snow you ask? Yes it does, sometimes even year round on the very highest peaks.
Skiing is now one of the main tourist attractions for Lesotho, seeing thousands of enthusiasts streaming in from surrounding South Africa. Lesotho has only recently started to develop its commercial skiing and snowboarding, even though the first ski club (Club Maluti) was founded as far back as 1968, when the first hut was built in the northern Lesotho highlands. Read more
Venue: AfriSki, Lesotho
The King’s Cup, (in honor of King Letsie III) is the first big event on the local winter snow calendar. This is the 4th running of the event seeing some of SA’s hottest snowboarding and skiing talent take to the slopes with hosts AfriSki seeking to build upon the successes of previous years.
The Kings Cup was organized by local snowboard club Snowboarder.co.za and endorsed by the Lesotho Winter Sports Association as well as Snow Sports SA. The event plays host to the “Inter club championships” in which 9 local ski and snowboard clubs will be fighting it out for club championship honors.
The more serious competition pits top local skiers and snowboarders against one another for top honors. The event includes an Alpine Skiing Giant Slalom and Snowboarding Slope Style event which incorporates a series of five park features including rails and big air. Read more