About Tiffindell Ski Resort
From your first welcoming drink, through to your final goodbye, our friendly staff will look after you so you can enjoy the ‘magic of snow’ in this unique African environment. The mountain is the perfect place to escape from reality and enjoy a snowy, thrilling time.
Tiffindell can accommodate up to 134 guests and all Tiffindell accommodation is situated within 100m of the slopes and is centrally heated. All bedding, linen, towels and amenities are supplied, as well as tea and coffee, in all accommodation types. Three and four night packages are sold from a Wednesday to Sunday or Sunday to Wednesday. Packages are priced per person per package and not per person per night. All packages include accommodation, breakfast, dinner, ski and snowboard equipment hire and ski pass for your entire stay, as well as emergency medical assistance, ICE-AID band and resort entertainment.
The Private Chalet consists of two rooms with a shared bathroom and separate toilet. One room has a double bed and the other has a bunk bed. There are also two bench beds available in the sitting area; this is suitable for small children. This accommodation type is suitable for four people.
LUXURY LEISURE CHALETS:
Six Sleeper - The six sleeper leisure chalet is situated within 100 meters of the slopes and can be taken on a B&B or self-catering option. The accommodation consists of two rooms, a double en-suite room, a room with two single beds and a double sleeper couch in an open plan area. The chalet also offers a full bathroom, open plan kitchen and dining area, as well as a boot room with washing machine and tumble dryer. DStv is available – please bring your own DStv Smartcard. This accommodation type is suitable for four to six people. A minimum of four people must be booked.
Eight Sleeper - The eight sleeper leisure chalet is situated within 100 meters of the slopes and can be taken on a B&B or self-catering option. The accommodation consists of two rooms, a double en-suite room, a room with two single beds, a room with a bunk bed and a double sleeper couch in the lounge area (14B consists of two sets of bunk beds in an open plan area). The chalet also offers a full bathroom, open plan kitchen and dining area, as well as a boot room with washing machine and tumble dryer. DStv is available – please bring your own DStv Smartcard. This accommodation type is suitable for six to eight people. A minimum of six people must be booked.
Twelve Sleeper - There are two x 12 sleeper leisure chalets which are situated within 100 meters of the slopes and can be taken on a B&B or self-catering option. The accommodation consists of two double en-suite rooms on the ground floor. In one of the chalets the upper level accommodation consists of one room with a double bed and three with two single beds in each. In the other chalet, the upper level consists of a room with a double bed, one with two single beds and an open plan area with two single beds with two pull outs. The upper level accommodation all shares two bathrooms, one with a shower and the other with a bath. The ground floor in both chalets offer an open plan kitchen, dining area, lounge and guest toilet, as well as a boot room with washing machine and tumble dryer. DStv is available. This accommodation type is suitable for 10 – 12 people. A minimum of 10 people must be booked.
The Tiffindell Lodge is situated in front of the private chalets, overlooking the beautiful, tranquil valley below. Each room at Tiffindell Lodge is a luxury room which consists of two single beds which can be pushed together to create a double, with en-suite bathroom, leading onto a balcony. The room also offers a coffee / tea station and flat screen TV with DStv with selected DStv channels.
For the hearty and festive, enjoy our full English buffet breakfasts and a La Carte dinners in the “Upper Limits” restaurant. Take away lunches are available and can be served on the deck overlooking the beginner ski slope, ideal to satisfy the skier's daytime appetites. You are more than welcome to bring your most desirable wine but please note a corkage fee will be charged (in the restaurant and bar).
LEARN TO SKI OR SNOWBOARD
Tiffindell has skilled ski and snowboard instructors, who will teach you to ski in a controlled and safe environment, and ensure that by the end of your stay, you will be able to swish down the slopes with control. A beginner ski or snowboard course is compulsory for first timers, on specially prepared flat beginner area about 60m long. After your course, you should be skiing or snowboarding on your own with control and using the beginner lift for a day or two. As you gain confidence, you will move onto the main slope. Private beginner, intermediate and advanced lessons are available on request.
Tiffindell’s Après-Ski, matches the best, with some really unique programmes. Enjoy South Africa’s highest pub - “Ice Station 2720”. Try some of the local snowy cocktails, hang upside-down from skis and watch the flame torch ski demonstration. Have a few drinks at ‘Yeti’s Retreat Pub’ as the sun goes down, sit by the fire, or party the night away. There is also a games room and childminding facility. There are a range of daytime activities including exhilarating walks, a visit to frozen waterfalls or the spectacular Telle Falls (weather permitting), participation in a snowball fight, making a snowman or bum boarding!
The ski hire will supply you with all the equipment you need for snow activities. Ski clothing for hire or sale is available at reasonable prices, while a range of accessories, including sweaters, beanies, goggles, cameras and pharmaceutical goods is also available.
Currently covers 1300m of ski run, compared to 1000m in 2007, for about three months of the year, during average winters. Tiffindell’s modern snowmaking equipment is like a fancy sprinkler system making use of the natural cold weather high up in the mountains to freeze the water into crude snow crystals.
TIFFINDELL’S UNIQUE LOCATION
Tiffindell’s pioneering efforts in 1993 led to Southern Africa’s only ski resort being established on the slopes of the highest mountain in the Cape - Ben McDhui, at 3001m (on the Lesotho and South Africa border). The carefully selected position of the resort, on the south facing slope of the highest mountain in the Cape, ensures that the snow lasts, extending the time available for snow skiing. Slopes cleared and groomed during summer quickly transform to ski runs after even the lightest of snowfalls. There is MTN, Vodacom and Cell C coverage at the resort.
GETTING TO TIFFINDELL
Tiffindell is situated high in the mountains above the historic town of Rhodes, about 212km east of Aliwal North. 2WD, 1300cc vehicles via Rhodes, with no trailers, can reach the resort. A shuttle service offers transport for visitors via Rhodes when the roads are wet and snowy. The shuttle is to be booked with the resort at least three days before your arrival date. Private vehicles not driven to the resort can be left in secure, uncovered parking areas.