Skiing in Africa
10th September 2009
Every now and then a PlanetSKI reader tells us about an interesting place where they have made a few turns. Steph Wiehe has been in South Africa this summer.
Steph is a BASI snowboard trainer and runs the pro-snowboarding school in Val d’Isere in the winter.
This summer he was in Africa for the Kings Cup which is an annual competition held in honour of the King of Lesotho.
It has a GS, parallel slalom and a slopestyle competition for both skiers and snowboarders.
Alex Heath, who is South Africa’s only Olympic hopeful took the Alpine events by a country mile but the event is not just about competiting. Far from.
It’s a great get together for all the die-hard South African snow enthusiasts.
“The drive to Afr-Ski is absolutely stunning. As you can see from the photo below its pretty high up but there was not much natural snow for the event, but there was some excellent quality man-made snow due ot the low humidity and nighttime temperatures,” says Steph.
“It’s only about 5 hours from Joburg and around 6 from Durban so if you are in the country in the winter it’s well worth a visit and you never know you might get to ride some African powder!”
Steph also tells us that the week after he was there in the somewhat sparse conditions it dumped it down with drifts making many roads impassable.
C’est la vie.
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