South Africa's first truly commercial ski centre opened in 1993 and had gone from strength to strength, thanks largely to snow-making technology and a determined and innovative management team. Natural snowfall of up to a metre in 36 hours has been recorded in recent years but the stretching of the season from mid-May (One of the earliest to open in the southern hemisphere), through to mid-September has been largely thanks to ever improving snowmaking techniques.
At Tiffindell the skiing is all about learning and having fun, experiencing the unique thrill of skiing and snowboarding in Africa and being outdoors. They have specially prepared flat beginner slopes to ensure beginners minimum anxiety. The 500m main slope with it's steep upper section can show up even the best skiers, and is ideal for practising technique, such as jumping, slalom courses and 'wedeln'. The short slopes can cater for about 400 skiers per day. Snow conditions vary throughout the season, much like the lower European ski resorts, and there is no best time for snowfalls. Occasionally during the season after a rare snowfall, guests can ski off-piste or take the resident helicopter for a heli - ski trip. Taking a group ski lesson with one of Tiffindell's trained instructors can be the most fun part of the ski trip. Children as young as 5 years are taught to ski. A 4 hour beginner ski lesson is compulsory for first time skiers. After this, you should ski on your own with control and confidence. The resort's professional ski and snowboard instructors from all over the world teach you quickly, safely and effectively, advancing you to the beginner lift and then onto the main slope. Intermediate and advanced lessons can also be taken. The ski hire will supply you with all that is needed for the snow, while the ski shop caters for ski clothing needs, either hiring or selling the necessary gear at reasonable prices.
There is a childrens day care and a teenagers room.
The resort's kitchen provides hearty set meals for full breakfasts and 3 course dinners. A fast food and snack shop to satisfy the skiers daytime appetites is provided.
Tiffindell's apres ski is up with the best and there are some really unique activities. Enjoy Schnapps and Gluhwein in South Africa's highest pub - "Ice Station 2720". Try some of the local snowy cocktails, hang upside-down from skis, watch the flame torch ski demonstration, and experience the theme evenings. Children can play games and the lounge provides a relaxing break from the days activities
Snowboarding is possible at Tiffindell and ramps are sometimes constructed.