Just 5 hours drive from Johannesburg, Afriski offers skiing and snowboarding fun during the winter months of June, July and August with summer fun thought the rest of the year. Ideal for sporting enthusiasts at 3222m above sea level. If you are a winter visitor, we hope that you do indeed find that a bad day of skiing beats a good day in the office; if you are joining us in the warmer months, the tranquil surrounds, the mountain backdrop and spectacular scenery offers you the opportunity to relax and enjoy the sights and sounds of Lesotho. We offer Pudi Club for the kids with a full range of children’s activities, to make sure they enjoy themselves at least as much as you do. Come and explore the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho with us or just have a Maluti beer at the highest restaurant in the Africa. Real snow, real skiing! Winter Adventure In The Mountain Kingdom. 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. A lot has changed since 1929 and the introduction of modern snow making facilities and lifts to Afriski since 2004 have allowed skiing and snowboarding to flourish in the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho. The resort operates much as a European ski village does including all the essential components for a great ski holiday, from the accommodation, ski equipment, snow passes, ski school, food etc. Ski / Snowboard AfriSki gives you the perfect opportunity to learn, practise, or perfect your skiing skills. Our slopes are the ideal choice for a skiing holiday: Fully-equipped slope, World-class ski-instructors, Lessons for any level: PUDI Ski Area and Magic Carpet Lift for kids, A Sit-Ski: for those with physical disabilities that prevent them from skiing the conventional way. Ski / Snowboard Facilities: 1 x 1000m T-Bar Lift, 2 x Intermediate Button Lifts, 1 x Beginner Tow Lift, Ski equipment rental *Please note: The T-Bar Ski Lift cannot operate at wind speeds higher than 45km/h. Persons entering the premises of the Snow and Mountain Resort, or using any equipment or facilities do so entirely at their own risk. Snow Pass: Access to any of the ski slopes, whether you are a first timer or advanced skier, requires a Snow Pass. Your pass gives you access to all slopes and lifts. Snow passes are available from as little as a ½ day all the way to a season pass. Your Snow Pass can be booked with your ski holiday through our Central Reservations office or online via the Hoofkantoor online booking facility. Alternatively, your Snow Pass may also be purchased directly at the resort. Please consult one of our booking agents to enquire about our fully inclusive ski packages. Refund Policy: Please note that we do not give cash refunds. Snow Passes + Rented Equipment will only be refunded in the event of an accident during a ski lesson, provided the request is accompanied by a medical certificate issued by our in house medics. High winds or mechanical failure may from time to time affect the operation of our lifts but do not qualify for refunds since our team will make every effort to provide alternative lift facilities. Bumboarding & Tubing: Sometimes, the simple things are the best things; this is the case in our Bumboarding and Tubing Alleys. Suitable for adults and children, you have a winning opportunity to have endless, carefree fun. Bumboarding: Get a bumboard pass and have endless fun in the bumboarding alley during days when you can’t participate in our other SnowSports. A little like sledding, this activity is great as a time-filler between ski sessions, or as a substitute if you just aren’t the skiing or snowboarding type. Tubing: Our tubes are set-up for young and old, with a lift to pull you to the top of the tubing alley. Cruise down the hill alone or in a group on your tubes, and have unlimited laughs. X-Treme Bumboarding: Take your bumboarding up a gear as part of the Après Ski Activities, your evening fun after a long run on the slopes. Bigger boards with bigger thrills. It’s worth it. Ski School: Ski School has all the necessary expertise to help you learn and improve your skiing or snowboarding skills. Our local and international instructors are available throughout the northern hemisphere summer season, ensuring the most capable instructors for any level during the AfriSki winter. Beginners to skiing will be in the capable hands of these experts as they impart the basics of alpine skiing and snowboarding. For those that want to take their skills to the next level, our instructors are at the top of their game and will soon have you mastering the latest styles. Want To Learn Freestyle? AfriSki offers a regular one-day freestyle camp, so that you can get together with likeminded people and improve your skills in the Kapoko Snow Park Pudi Ski School takes your kids on a ‘learning-to-ski’ (or snowboard) adventure. It’s compulsory for first-timers to take at least one 4-hour lesson to ensure your safety, and improve your confidence and technique. Lesson Times Group Lesson times: 10h00 – 12h00 & 13h30 – 15h30 Private Lesson times: 09h00 – 10h00 & 12h30 – 13h30 Arrival at meeting points must be at least 15mins before lesson time, with all gear ready to go. Boots must be on. Please take your lesson ticket (issued at the ski school office) with you, as you will need to present this to your instructor. Don’t forget your snowpass – your instructor will not allow you access to the slope without it. Equipment Rental Our rental shop offers a full range of ski and snowboard equipment of international quality, imported from Austria. We cater to all ages, from children as young as 4. Helmets are also available to rent. Please note that it is advisable to pre-book your equipment. It may take up to an hour to fit and collect your equipment so it is best to make the rental shop one of your first stops when visiting the resort. An overnight ski depot is also available and is included in your rental price. Keep your skis and boots in a warm dry place overnight – wet feet in the morning are horribly unpleasant! We recommend that you visit the rental as soon as possible to ensure that you receive the best possible service and equipment. Equipment is distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please ensure that you complete the rental process at least 30 minutes before the start of your lesson, and that your boots are on by the appointed lesson time. Please do not hesitate to ask your instructor if you require assistance. rental Premium Gear-Rental. For those planning ahead for free-style camps or Kapoko Park adventures, it may be a great idea to pre-book our premium gear to make sure that your experience is as high-octane as possible. Please be advised that it may take up to an hour to fit and collect your equipment so it is best to make the rental shop one of your first stops when visiting the resort. Pudi Kids There’s a ton of fun, games, and entertainment for children at AfriSki. Kids can discover the snow adventure under the supervision of dedicated staff. We offer a full range of kid’s activities, to make sure they enjoy themselves as much as you do. Your kids will be introduced to our Pudi Club entertainers who will make sure that your children have the best time at our resort, while you tackle the slopes. Pudi, the one and only Skiing Mountain Goat, is waiting to welcome the kids with loads of fun, games and entertainment. Pudi Kids Ski School Available to children from ages 5 to 12. Private lessons are available for any age provided there is gear in your kid’s size. Please enquire at the Ski School. Group Lesson times: 10h00 – 12h00 & 13h30 – 15h30 Private Lesson times: 09h00 – 10h00 & 12h30 – 13h30 Pudi Club (Childcare) Our Pudi child care (for kids ages 2 – 15) offers an indoor activity-based daycare for your kids while you enjoy the slopes. We also offer child supervision while you enjoy dinner at Sky Restaurant or drinks at the Gondola from 19h00 – 22h30. If you prefer, in-room babysitting can be arranged. Bambini Snow & Play Fun: This is a full-day activity-based session, which runs from 10:00 until 15:30 and includes lunch. Kids will be entertained both indoors and outdoors, with 2 hours dedicated to outdoor play with Bambini Snowfun, and 3.5 hours dedicated to indoor activities like arts and crafts and treasure hunts. Bambini Programme: a full package programme, running at the same times as snow and play fun, that continues for your package duration. Lunch is included each day. This is a pre-book only option and can only be booked online or through the booking office. Kapoko Snow Park Kapoko Park is a freestyle zone with several pulse-pumping obstacles, like jumps, rails, and fun boxes. Since 2009, we’ve proudly been the only free-style snow park in Africa, providing our guests with an adrenaline rush of international standard for 85% of the winter season. Our dedicated team is on hand to keep your Kapoko experience exceptional: Keeping the park maintained Hand-shaping and sculpting during the day Grooming the snow at night Their dedication to exceptional ski and snowboarding experiences gives our guests a perfectly-shaped park, every morning. Kapoko Park can accommodate any level of rider or skier, with small jumps, large jumps, and fun rails for everyone. Summer At Afriski: Adrenaline on tap when the last of the snow has left the Maluti mountains and the weather heats up, AfriSki shifts gear. The natural mountain landscape is a perfect destination for all outdoorsmen, and AfriSki becomes a hub of mountain biking, trail-running, and 4×4 activities. Our fully-equipped mountain slopes are built for winter, but perfect for summer. Our facilities, while the snow is away, are perfect for active adventure and adrenaline-pumping fun: 1 x 1000m T-Bar Lift Convenient Accommodation Extensive Mountain Trails Our summer staff and outdoor guides are trained to help you have the outdoor adventure you want, with the safety and professionalism you deserve. Kapoko Bike Park When the sun melts the snow on Kapoko Park, the mountain biking action kicks off. Kapoko brings you a fully-equipped mountain-biking experience on Enduro and cross-country trails with incredible views over the valley. MOUNTAIN BIKING FACILITIES AfriSki has remote trails, a cross country course, marathon distance routes, and the only T- Bar lift in Africa with five fun downhill tracks. The lift is operational on the last weekend of every month and even works with hard tail bikes. Mountain Biking Packages Packages include two nights’ accommodation, lift pass, and trail fees. These packages offer the perfect opportunity to train at high altitude and test your skills on rugged terrain. Enduro Biking AfriSki’s prime location gives you access to over 300km of Maluti mountain trails, from beginner to advanced level, in the untouched Lesotho highlands. Test your Enduro, trial, or motorbike skills at height in the thrill-filled Maluti mountains. Our guided trails range from 30 km to 250 km in all directions, and are tailored to skill-level and technical ability. Packages are generally two days over a weekend (Friday and Saturday riding, with meals and accommodation included) but mid-week or single-day trips can be accommodated. If you are searching for the most exciting and toughest Enduro and Dual sport trails in Southern Africa, head for the Maluti Mountain terrain.Our trail types Lowveld-style riding, in a lush flowing valley area: any level of rider will be met with something to enjoy. High Mountain Style riding at the resort base with options for all skill-level. High-altitude training. Fly Fishing: From October to April every year, it’s trout fishing season in the Maluti Mountains. With Rainbow Trout and the occasional Brown Trout, you can test your skills against Lesotho’s big ones, grown large in the fresh mountain air and clean rivers. AfriSki is near the Motete and Malibiamatso rivers and is perfectly situated to explore these unique mountain streams while you cast dry flies for wild rainbow trout. Lesotho has hundreds of kilometers of high altitude rivers and offers the finest freshwater sight fishing Africa has to offer. Booking is essential if a guide is required. Hiking: The Maluti mountains are situated above 3,000m and are an ideal training ground if you are considering hiking up Mt Kilimanjaro, doing event training, or testing your equipment in alpine conditions. Sky Restaurant now supplies packed picnic lunches for your hikes, so that you can enjoy a meal wherever you find the perfect resting spot. Please remember to sign into our hiking register book at reception before leaving on our trails, and never hike alone. Five hiking trails are accessible from Afriski; from a 2.5-hour waterfall hike along the Motete River to a full-day 19km hike in the mountains surrounding Afriski. Be prepared for any weather as conditions can change rapidly in the mountains, leading you to experience four seasons in a day. For the less adventurous, shorter walking trails are available for guided or self-guided trails. Pudi Adventure Land There’s a ton of fun, games, and entertainment for children at AfriSki. With a full range of children’s activities, your kids will have just as much fun as their parents. Kids’ Activities In Adventure Land Monster Rolling, Quad Biking, Crystal Hunting, Paintball, Ziplining, Play area and Indoor activities. The Sky Restaurant also has a Pudi Kids center where your children will be able to watch DVDs, play games, and colour in, to their hearts’ content. 4×4 Those 4×4 enthusiasts looking for an exciting and rewarding challenge will find the ideal playground in the area surrounding Afriski.There are a variety of 4×4 routes to be explored in the area with the trails offering both half- and full-day trips. Download our trail maps to see difficulty ratings and find landmarks on your route that you won’t want to miss! Other 4×4 Tracks Escarpment Easy Green Route Mont Aux Sources Route: Combining Escarpment Easy Green with the Mount Aux Sources route to form 1 trail (guests can decide to do just one part or the other). Towers Route: Return from Mt Aux Sources via the Towers Trail. Chalets in the Sky Route: Guests can opt for a shorter route, or to travel all the way to Mokhotlong. Katse dam via Mapoleng Route: This is a long drive, according to Mapsource, taking approximately 8 hours. Letsele Pass Route. 4×4 Trails Katse Dam: An excellent opening route with the added incentive of a guided tour of the dam wall and its infrastructure. Guests can follow the dirt road all the way to the dam wall where they will join the tar road. Koa Mine road: Take LDMT mine turn off toward Solani Falls Village. At the road’s end is a scenic setting for a picnic lunch or braai. Mapopaleng to Katse Dam: Relatively easy going for about 75% of the trip, this route provides a daunting challenge for experienced drivers on the final leg. It is a full-day, 280 km trip, and drivers would meet up with the tar road at Katse Dam and return to Afriski via Lejone. The old road to Mapoka campsite: A half-day trip to the Chalets in the Sky. This is an excellent 4×4 route and there are several rewarding river crossings. Monster Rollers Downhill fun for the young and old alike, our monster rollers are great for all ages: The new riding fun for the whole family in the Kapoko Bike Park. Take a trip up to the top of the AfriSki slopes and freewheel down into the AfriSki resort. Take in the phenomenal views from the top of the slopes and a bird’s-eye view of the resort on our single track downhill, and enjoy the Lesotho sun on our safe and enjoyable cross-country scooters. Equipped with large profile tires and disc brakes, the monster roller gives you a different thrill, in snow or sun. Our mountain guides are on hand with training tips and tricks on how to manoeuvre while you’re on a descent, so that you get the most out of your runs. Full trip – 3,3km Adults: R250 Kids: R150 Passenger: R50 Experience – 1,5km Adults: R150 Kids: R100 Passenger: R50 Paintball AfriSki offers high-altitude paintball for groups of friends and family or corporate team building. The high altitude brings an extra challenge while you participate in war games, raising the stakes for the best paintball game of your life. Our facilitators plan games for any age and a firing range is available at Reception for those too small to outrun the splatter. Adventure Bike Outrides AfriSki offers self-guided 4×4 and guided motorbike touring routes to rivers, dams, and mountain vistas, acting as the perfect base for exploration of the northern Maluti mountain range. Rivers, dams and spectacular vistas await. Use Afriski as a base and explore the splendours of Lesotho mountain wilderness. Drive to Katse Dam via Kao mine, view the Letseng diamond mines and experience the breathtaking mountain views at your leisure. For the adventurous, drive the Kao mine pass and experience the endless alpine landscapes untouched by time. Download our trail maps to see difficulty ratings and find landmarks on your route that you won’t want to miss! Abseiling Our qualified abseiling guides have combed the Maluti mountains to find the best abseiling spots. Suitable for all ages. Please wear shoes with good grip and bring extra sunscreen and a hat. Abseil on our 30m cliff overlooking the Motete River. Learn the basics with one of our qualified guides and experience the thrill of abseiling or rap jumping. For the extra adventurous: Try our 2-day abseiling package, which includes one full day of learning the basics and a half day hike with a spectacular 95m abseil.