The land-locked kingdom of Lesotho has always been the ski destination of choice for South African’s from Johannesburg, even where the more distant South African ski area of Tiffindell was operational on the more distant Western Cape of South Africa itself.
In recent years the country’s skiing has got more organised too with the arrival of Afri-Ski, the one proper Lesotho ski area although there are other areas popular with ski tourers. Afri-ski is located in the high Maluti Mountains, around five hours from Johannesburg, via Bethlehem and the Buthe Buthe border with a good road for most of the route.
Now the only commercial ski area in Southern Africa, you can ski Lesotho at Afri-ski on the resort’s kilometre long main run along with terrain park and beginners slope and has also been running a real estate operation. The slope is longer and wider than others that have been created over the years in the region, with a gentle lower section and intermediate standard steepness above.
Usually one of the first of the 100 or so ski areas in the southern hemisphere to open each winter – with a May season start date and also one of the first to close in early September, Afri-Ski has extensive snow making and some seasons remains open most of its four month season thanks to it, while other years heavy natural snowfall occurs – such as in 2011 when access roads were blocked by snow and ice on opening day.
Lesotho: latest snow conditions round-up
Summary of forecast snowfall and ski conditions for resorts in Lesotho. Fresh snow is forecast at 0resorts. Powder is reported at 0 resorts and 0 are reporting good piste conditions.