Have you ever skied or boarded in Southern Africa? Did you know you even could? Well, you can so start packing!
The Afri-Ski Mountain Resort located in Lesotho, is about a 4.5 hour drive from Johannesburg, South Africa, and they are kicking off their sixth ski season on June 9, 2011. Situated in Lesotho at 3,222m above sea level in the northern part of the Maluti Mountains, Afri-Ski is the closest ski resort to Gauteng, Natal. The Lesotho kingdom is landlocked and their mountains are referred to as “the small Siberia in Africa.”
Afri-Ski has terrain stretching over 1,000 acres with three slopes and two ski lifts. It’s not Mammoth Mountain, however it has the longest ski slope in Africa! The resort earned the credit of hosting its first successful skiing season from June to August in 2005. For their first season, they clocked in about 2500 skiers which spilled over from the 3000 or so tourists who were traveling in the area. So, if we think of Mammoth as a Grandpa then Afri-Ski is a little 9 month year old baby and it’s getting ready to walk.
I don’t know about you all but the biggest joys of a baby walking are his or hers first steps. Time to get in on the Southern African skiing and boarding and be part of those early, first steps. Make sure you bring your camera to document them too!
For more information and to start booking your Afri-Ski adventure, go visit their website at: www.afriski.net.
(photo credit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:AfriSki.jpg)