If you've been wanting a snow adventure without leaving the Mother Continent, then Lesotho's Winterfest is for you.
Returning to Afriski Mountain Resort for its fourth year in a row - WinterFest marked off the start of the winter ski and snowboarding season over the weekend from 7 to 10 June as revellers made their way up the Mahlasela Pass to chill out with some of Southern Africa's best artists. Lesotho's Leomile, Rubber Duc, Albert Frost and DJ Skye helped keep everyone warm while headliner Jack Parow gave sage advice on how to keep warm - “Jagermeister and brandy… lots of it!”
The curtain was brought down in style on the final day with a
champagne-drenched main stage show and the ritual “Ski Burning”. Dressed in
Basotho gear, Afriski veterans performed under the clear starry sky, chanting
into the chilly night sacrificing the skis to the fire and bringing the
festival to a close.
"The Afriski Winterfest opener was 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," says Peter Peyper, Afriski's director of operations.
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Feeling the FOMO? You can still take part in the second round of AfriSki Winterfest at the close of the season from 23 - 26 August - when you can say goodbye to the ski season with a bang.
This snow themed music festival appeals not only to heavy festival goers but also to ski enthusiasts and snowboarders alike.
“The weekend was epic. Thank you all that supported us at
the first ever Afriski WinterFest Season Opener. Winterfest is all about
big bands, great snow and most of all fantastic people. There’s still one more
round coming up in August, so don’t miss it,” says event organiser from Muchomoo Alex Torrao.
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Key information if you decide to go:
The lineup for the second round is just as good as the first, with the melodic voice of Tresor and the rock vibes of Gangs of Ballet, alongside Abby Nurock, Blow Trio, Tashy D'Agrela, Freddy L, Slippery When Wet, Jerry & the Bandits and more.
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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)