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Africa's only Southern Hemisphere ski resort, Tiffindell in the Ben Mac Ski area, was established in 1993 to give South Africans the opportunity to ski in their own country. As the only ski resort, south of Morocco, Tiffindell offers the unique facility of an alpine resort, with an international flavour, in sunny South Africa. Starting from a ski run of 100m and 20 beds, the resort has now been developed to sleep 132 people with a ski run of about 500m. Facilities are continually improved to cater for the 60% annual increase in visitors. Although the skiing is not comparable to that of the larger European or North American resorts, the atmosphere is. Tiffindell is best enjoyed in a group, so bring your friends, family, children or work colleagues. Come along with an open mind, and you will enjoy an unforgettable experience. Tiffindell has developed its ski slopes on a south facing slope on the highest mountain in the Cape's Southern Drakensberg (equates to a North Facing slope in the Northern Hemisphere!). Here the snow lasts longest and stays skiable longer than anywhere in South Africa. However, in a climate where there isn't enough winter precipitation this is not enough to ensure skiing. Therefore, like many resorts around the world Tiffindell relys on engineered snowmaking systems to make their snow, and enable skiing during Tiffindell's season from 25 May - 31 August

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.

Mountain

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.

Families

There is a childrens day care and a teenagers room.

Eating Out

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.

Apres

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

Boarding

Snowboarding is possible at Tiffindell and ramps are sometimes constructed.

// HIGHLIGHTS //
Vertical drop
90m
Ski area
1.2
Resort height
2720m
Airport
Johannesburg
Train station
Barkley East
beginner
50%
intermediate
50%

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