Things To Do in TiffindellSkiing at Tiffindell
Where? Tiffindell Ski Resort on the slopes of Ben McDhui Mountain, Tiffindell, Eastern Cape
When? Booking is essential.
Slopes are open from 08h30 to 16h30 from June to July.
How much? Price on request
More? See website
Perched in the southern part of the Drakensberg Mountain Range, deep in the Eastern Cape Province, is South Africa’s only ski resort, the beautiful Tiffindell. Here, skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts are invited to test their skills, while beginners can try this exciting sport for the very first time.
Beginners will need to have lessons before they can take to the slopes, and the instructors here are amply qualified to provide these. There is plenty of ski clothing available for hire, as well as the standard skis, snowboards and boots (for skiers aged 10 years or older), carving skis (for the more experienced skiers), bigfoot skis (for the adventurers that want to try their hand at jumps and tricks), and so on. There are also top-notch fashionable ski clothes and gear available for purchase at the Ski & Snowboard Shop, which also offers the waxing of boards and the sharpening of edges as added services.
The slopes are open during the South African winter months, which extend from June to August. Although these months can be very cold, Tiffindell may produce extra snow to ensure that the slopes are simply perfect for skiing and snowboarding, no matter the weather conditions.
Skiing and snowboarding at Tiffindell Ski Resort is available to day visitors, as well as to those that take a package that combines endless hours of fun on the slopes with gorgeous accommodation over the course of a few days.
The beginner slope is 100 meters wide and 60 meters long, and is serviced by a tow rope. Then, there is also the Main Slope (red run) and the Gully Slope (blue run), each with button lifts that will return skiers to the top of the mountain after their descent. The slopes are around 1.3 kilometres long, in total. The Main Slope has been approved by The International Ski Federation (FIS) for Slalom and Giant Slalom courses, and becomes steeper and steeper the higher you go. In fact, the first FIS race in Africa was held here in 2014.
For those with a sense of adventure, there is the snow fun-park, complete with rails and jumps.
The village of Rhodes, in which Tiffindell is situated, is a prime fly-fishing spot, but is also known for its incredible beauty.