If you've been wanting a snow adventure without leaving the Mother Continent, then Lesotho's Winterfest is for you.
Just 5 hours drive from Johannesburg, Afriski offers skiing and snowboarding fun during the winter months of June, July and August.
And in an early surprise, this weekend the resort received the first snowfall of the season.
So as Autumn settles in, there can be no better time to start planning your winter snow adventure.
Returning to Afriski Mountain Resort for its fifth year in a row - WinterFest marks the start of the winter ski and snowboarding season. Seen as Africa's best winter music festival, hosted at Afriski Mountain Resort, and featuring some of South Africa and Lesotho's biggest artists.
"The Winterfest is a great way to kick off the season, it’s Southern Africa’s most unique music festival and it really highlights everything the Mountain Kingdom has to offer. Snow, Basotho hospitality and incredible music," say the Afriski organisers.
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The snow-themed music festival is just over four months away - click here for full details, and appeals not only to heavy festival goers but also to ski enthusiasts and snowboarders alike.
"Winterfest is all about big bands, great snow and most of all fantastic people, so don’t miss it,” says event organiser from Muchomoo Alex Torrao.
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Key information if you decide to go:
The full line-up still needs to be confirmed but the festival unfolds across four distinct stages:
- UNPLUGGED STAGE: The unplugged stage is the ultimate, most intimate, stage at WinterFest. Get up close and personal with the artists, while enjoying the fireplace, the wine and the amazing hospitality from Sky Restaurant’s staff.
- HOT BOX STAGE: This indoor stage is set up for an intimate and yet crazy music experience. Located above Gondola Café, this is the all-night party venue. See you there!
- MAIN STAGE: Our main stage is an outdoor wonder where you can expect the best of our artist lineup to rock out to the max! If you’re here for the big bands, then the main stage is where it’s at.
- COOLER BOX STAGE: This is the ultimate outdoor DJ setup. Expect the hear your favourite tunes – from your favourite DJs – pumping over the slopes. Get your ski on…
Afriski offers a variety of accommodation options tailored to every party-goer. You stay options are available in various packages.
Pick between backpackers, a shared room with bunk beds, sleeping up to 92 people and boasting a young, energetic and communal atmosphere.
Or for larger groups, go with the luxury chalets, lodges and apartments on offer at the Afriski resort.
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Festival-goers having a jam at the Afriski Winterfest. (Photo: Alexander Wolf, Afriski)
To add to the unique setting, festival goers will be surrounded by snow, snow in every direction. Every Winterfest package comes inclusive with a 3-day mountain pass, 3-day festival pass, Ski & Snowboard lessons as well as Ski & Snowboard gear rental - so making the most of the powdery fun is expected.
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Snowboarder shows off his skills on the slope at Winterfest 2018 (Photo: Michael Allen Photography, Afriski)
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