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Yes it's true you can ski in South Africa in the Kingdom of Lesotho – the country is not just all about safari! It just depends on your disability and experience.

If you have a disability or special need and don’t require a sit-ski or other specialist material then the ski school may have someone to help you. There are some top Austrian Ski instructors working at Afriski Ski and Snowboard School.

Mathys Roets’s dream has started to become true with the first bi-ski run on an African ski slope. He is determined to open up the ski resort in Lesotho to anyone with a disability so that others can enjoy the same rejuvenating experience and confidence builder as himself. Knowing how few people would have the means to travel to the well known ski resorts of the US, Canada and Europe his aim is to bring disabled and adaptive skiing to South Africa. It starts with a bi-ski donated by The Silverstar Program in Canada but he is also very keen to get his hands on a Tessier ski which are manufactured in France. With
more funds the aim is to to extend the programme to incorporate other disciplines and get more specialist ski instructors to go and help out which includes training those living and working in the region.

Click here Published on 1 Nov 2013

"Eight guys in wheelchairs. One sitski. Longest slope in africa. Fun. Made possible by the Adaptive ski program guys at Silverstar. Thanks for the ski!!! First for Africa! Will you coach olympic team?."


The Resort

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 in the Free State lies the Mahlasela Pass and the location of the AFRISKI – Ski + Mountain Resort, the complete African snow experience. 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 with independent operators providing everything that you may need for a great ski holiday from the accommodation, ski equipment, snow passes, ski school, food etc. As such every activity or service must be purchased independently although every effort has been made to simply your ski experience by being able to purchase your holiday components via our Central Reservations facility or online via our Hoofkanotoor online booking website. We have listed the various components necessary to ski in this part of the website and if you have any further questions please feel free to call one of our Central Reservation agents on 0861 AFRISKI to get further clarity.

Although an expensive sport, skiing and snowboarding are arguably the best outdoor lifestyle and family experiences possible. And learning how to ski is a skill that you’ll have for life with a ski holiday to one of Europe or America’s bigger ski resorts being a must have experience for everyone’s bucket list.

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To read more about this remarkable story of Mathys Roets click here.

Adaptive Sports Fund

Check out this new organisation helping to empower people in South Africa with a disability or life-challenging conditions.

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