Visitor reviews for Afriski Mountain Resort Ski Resort

Afriski Mountain Resort Ratings

Overall: 2.9. Based on 26 votes and 26 reviews. Vote

Snowsure: 3.3

(1) Occasionally gets enough snow for skiing, (2) is often closed due to a lack of snow, (3) occasionally suffers from a lack of snow, (4) rarely suffers from a lack of snow, (5) Afriski Mountain Resort is snowsure even in the poorest seasons.

Variety of pistes: 2.1

(1) The ski runs are featureless and unvaried, (3) the ski runs are varied but not extensive enough for a week, (5) Afriski Mountain Resort has diverse and interesting pistes including forests and high alpine terrain.

Off-piste: 1.7

(1) No off-piste worth mentioning, (2) off piste is out-of-bounds, (3) some varied offpiste that stays fresh for one or two days, (5) a vast array of off-piste routes that can stay untracked for several days.

Scenery: 3.5

(1) An ugly resort in a bland setting, (3) average mountain views and resort, (5) a spectacular setting and a beautiful / historic resort town.

Access: 2.8

(1) At least one overnight stop, (2) requires a whole day, (3) requires more than half a day – you may have time for a few turns (4) arrive by lunchtime and ski all afternoon, (5) there is a main airport within an hour of Afriski Mountain Resort.

Public Transport: 1.3

(1) There are no buses or taxis to Afriski Mountain Resort, (3) there are slow or infrequent buses / trains available, (5) getting to the resort is easy with frequent bus / train connections.

Accommodation: 3.3

(1) No places to stay in/near Afriski Mountain Resort, (3) a few places to stay in the resort, (5) a wide variety of accommodation suitable to suit all budgets.

Cheap Rooms: 2.7

(1) No budget accommodation available, (3) just one or two hostels so book ahead, (5) several cheap hostels and pensions available.

Luxury Hotels: 2.8

(1) No luxury accommodation available, (3) just one or two luxury hotels so book ahead, (5) several up-market hotels in Afriski Mountain Resort.

Ski in/Ski out: 3.0

(1) The ski area is located far from any accommodation, (3) a free ski bus takes you to the ski area in a short trip, (5) Ski-in ski-out accommodation is available.

Childcare: 3.7

(1) There are no child care facilities at Afriski Mountain Resort, (5) the resort has excellent child-care facilities including at least one reasonably priced creche.

Snowmaking: 4.5

(1) Afriski Mountain Resort relies entirely on natural snow, (3) there are just a few snow cannons, (5) there are snowmaking facilities on all pistes.

Snow Grooming: 4.7

(1) There are no snow groomers at Afriski Mountain Resort, (3) occasionally some pistes are left ungroomed and in a poor state, (5) all the runs at Afriski Mountain Resort are groomed daily.

Shelter: 2.4

(1) there is nowhere to ski when it is windy or visibility is bad and lifts often shut, (3) there are some trees for poor visibility but main lifts sometimes close, (5) Afriski Mountain Resort is mostly in forest where you can ski in flat-light and windy days, lifts rarely close.

Nearby options: 1.1

(1) If snow conditions are poor at Afriski Mountain Resort, it will be poor everywhere nearby, (3) there are good alternatives within an hours drive, (5) other locations on the same lift pass provide a rich variety of snowsure ski conditions.

Regional rating: 4.1

(1) Afriski Mountain Resort usually has poor snow conditions compared to other resorts in region, (3) has average conditions for the region, (5) usually has the best snow conditions in the region.

Lift Staff: 4.2

(1) The staff at Afriski Mountain Resort are rude or unhelpful, (5) lift staff at Afriski Mountain Resort are pleasant, cheerful and eager to help.

Crowds/Queues: 3.2

(1) the resort is always busy and there are usually long lift queues, (3) it is quiet apart from occasional weekends and school holidays, (5) it is uncrowded and lift queues are very rare.

Ski Schools: 3.7

(1) No ski schools available, (2) one or two ski schools but local language only, (3) a few ski schools but book early for multi-lingual instructors, (4) plenty of ski schools and multi-lingual instructors available, (5) excellent ski schools with friendly multi-lingual ski instructors.

Hire and Repairs: 4.1

(1) Nothing can be sourced, not even ski-wax or ptex. (3) there are some ski shops but rentals need to be booked in advance, (5) good quality ski equipment can be purchased or hired and overnight repairs are possible.

Beginners: 3.8

(1) Beginners can only watch others ski and snowboard, (3) a few gentle slopes but beginners will get bored in less than a week, (3) Vast areas of gentle terrain.

Intermediates: 3.6

(1) No intermediate terrain at Afriski Mountain Resort, (3) intermediate skiers will get bored after a few days, (5) vast areas of cruising runs.

Advanced: 2.7

(1) Nothing for advanced skiers and snowboarders, (3) enough steep terrain for a few days with some good offpiste, (5) Enough steep terrain and offpiste areas to entertain advanced skiers for at least a week.

Snow Park: 3.4

(1) Not even a kicker at Afriski Mountain Resort, (3) average sized park quite well looked after, (5) huge park area and expertly crafted pipes, jumps and boardercross trails.

Cross-country: 1.3

(1) There is nowhere to go for cross-country skiing around Afriski Mountain Resort, (3) there are some cross country trails available, (5) the area features many spectacular and well maintained cross-country trails.

Luge/Toboggan: 1.3

(1) No designated luge or toboggan runs, (3) there are toboggan runs that open quite often, (5) Afriski Mountain Resort has long and well maintained luge / toboggan facilities suitable for all ages.

Mountain Dining: 3.0

(1) Nowhere to buy food by the pistes, (3) some places to eat up on the mountain but they are often busy and expensive, (5) there is a variety of excellent mountain eateries right next to the slopes to suit all budgets.

Eating: 2.9

(1) Bring your own food, there isn't even a shop. (5) A wide variety of places to eat and drink in the resort, from fast food to fancy restaurants.

Apres-Ski: 3.3

(1) Nothing to do, not even a bar, (3) there are a few bars in the resort but nothing special, (5) clubs and bars stay open until very late and have a friendly atmosphere.

Other Sports: 1.6

(1) No sports facilities at all apart from ski lifts, (3) resort has just a small public swimming pool, (5) resort has all kinds of sports facilities, including a full-size swimming pool.

Entertainment: 2.0

(1) Besides the snow and walking there is nothing to do here, (3) the non-skier will find things to do for few days but may become bored after a week, (5) the resort area is a fascinating place to visit, regardless of winter sports.

Winter Walks: 2.3

(1) Very limited walking and no snowshoe trails, (3) a couple of designated scenic walking/snowshoe trails, (5) extensive and diverse winter walking trails for all abilities.

Ski Pass Value: 2.6

(1) A 1 week ski pass is overpriced compared to the number of lifts available, (3) the ski pass is averagely priced and covers a reasonable number of lifts, (5) ski passes are excellent value for money and cover a lot of lifts spanning a big area.

Value (National): 3.4

(1) Overall, Afriski Mountain Resort is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the country and not worth the money, (3) overall represents average value for money, (5) overall offers the best value resort in the country.

Value (Global): 3.0

(1) Overall, Afriski Mountain Resort is one of the most expensive ski resorts in the world, (3) overall it offers pretty average value for money compared to resorts from other countries, (5) internationally the resort offers excellent value for money.

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June 16, 2010
Francois Pienaar from Ski South Africa South Africa
What a wonderful skiing opportunity in Africa during the northern hemisphere summer. The resort (Afri-Ski) is well managed and has an atmosphere any skier will enjoy. The accommodation is good and compare with the best in Europe, especially the chalets, which were imported from Estonia. The restaurant and pubs are inexpensive. I’ll definitely go back for a midyear skiing experience.
August 10, 2010
Petter from Ski South Africa South Africa
We went to Afri-Ski last year and this weekend again. We learnt out lesson and will keep off weekend next year. Great skiing and weather though.
July 04, 2011
Mark Human from Ski South Africa South Africa
Great resort, continues to improve year on year. Better snow to the top this year. 6 adults, 4 kids, had a blast. Restaurant efficiency needs work and T-bar still underperforming causes big queues in peak times. Overall... awesome, just need to iron out a few niggles.
July 25, 2011
Louis van Rensburg from Ski South Africa South Africa
Nice when there is snow, management not too bright and service oriented. As good as it's going to get in SA. Go there about 4-5 times a season. Prices reasonable.
June 07, 2012
Hilton Haley from Ski South Africa South Africa
I've been a few times and I think it's great not too far from jhb and considering its a season activity the resort is run great. Bolau, in the ski shop, has always given me great service and I'm planning on going soon.
July 09, 2012
Freda from Ski South Africa South Africa
Never again, horrible-worst holiday ever. Was stuck in snow for 7 hrs on 90km drive. Room had constant power cuts - begged hot water from reception for coffee. Gondola restaurant ran out of sandwiches in the middle of the day. They are not geared to handle many people. It was a scramble to get the ski gear/ passes even though it was pre-booked and pre-paid. Restaurant - awful, booked table at 18h00, was served at 19h30, cheese sauce stuck to bowl, and was told there was no-one in the kitchen to make another, had to do without. Returned a day earlier. Waste of money, rather go to Europe (having been to Sweden-Kiruna, ICE hotel Abisko). Car was pelted with stones by small children in Lesotho-car damaged.
July 11, 2012
Pine from Ski South Africa South Africa
To another reviewer: if you don't like snow or skiing, you should not go there. Snow is an out of the ordinary happening for many South Africans that is used to sun shine. This was our third visit to Afri-Ski. The resort is improving every year. Our stay in the Innsbruck chalet was a great experience and compared well with what Europe is offering. I’ll definitely go back next season.
July 11, 2012
african adventurer from Ski South Africa South Africa
Visited this region during winters since 1975 in Landrovers on donkey tracks, nowadays on tar. Always check the weather before going up to the roof of Africa! Best to use a 4x4 in winter & be prepared! Snowdriving skill an advantage! Resort is great and growing year after year! Not for city slickers or spoilt brats! For African conditions it's super! Piste is groomed and dream snow the last few weeks! A beginners heaven- skilled skiers can do the 1km run 30times/day before catching a breath (30km skiing)- off-piste during natural falls! Great exercise, fresh air & fun within ~420km from Jhbg. Alpine atmosphere mixed with African reality. Love it..super!
August 02, 2012
John from Ski South Africa South Africa
Have been visiting for several years - The resort this year was looking fantastic as snow had fallen and you could ski off-piste. The T-bar was operating to the top - a first for me - and the new baby slopes have taken a lot of the pressure off the main T-bar. The main run was well groomed and considering it is currently the only ski resort in Africa make the most of it. The snow park area looked good and has been extended quite a bit. Ski equipment has always been good and the staff friendly. No Maluti Lager available but the beers were very cold. The road is deteriorating but it appears that they will be resurfacing the last part from The New Oxbow lodge to Afri-Ski Unfortunately, couldn't overnight as the accommodation was all full but the road to and from RSA wasn't too bad so if you do stay outside Lesotho you can still get a full days skiing. I suggest that you avoid the Kings Cup weekend as on two occasions when I have visited over this weekend the queues for the lift have been horrible and not well managed. Fantastic to be able to ski at all but it probably is the most expensive resort in the world per Km skied in a day If you have the time and a 4x4 well worth doing some of the more remote places in Lesotho and trying some of the passes ie Sani Pass. Can't wait to go back.
August 06, 2012
Johan from Ski South Africa South Africa
Have been going to Afri-ski for 5 years and is improving year after year. Skiing is a great adventure and people must see it in that light not as a privilege, especially in Africa. Afri-ski c u in a few days. [note from the editor: text edited slighting in order to remove another reviewers name.]