AfriSki Winter Fest: How to have a Lesotho snow adventure

2018-05-16 09:30
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Winterfest is returning to Afriski Mountain Resort

Photo: Shawn van Zyl

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 4th year in a row - WinterFest marks the start of the winter ski and snowboarding season, as well as the closure in August this year.

The one of a kind, snow and mountain music festival will see the official season opening event from the 7th to the 10th of July - as well as closing the season with a bang from the 23rd to the 26th of August. 

Seen as one of Southern Africa’s most unique music festival experiences, it features some big acts in the Lesotho and South African music scene. In 2017, the likes of Gangs of Ballet, Desmond and the Tutu’s, Morena Leraba, DJ Viktoria and so many more lit up the multiple stages on the slopes. 

Yet this snow themed music festival appeals not only to heavy festival goers but also to ski enthusiasts and snowboarders alike.

“Winterfest is back and this year, we want to be the opening and headline act to your winter in Southern Africa,” Alex Torrao, Co-Founder of Afriski Winterfest.

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Key information if you decide to go: 

  •  Afriski Winterfest will take place first between the 7th to the 10th of June with a second round from the 23rd to the 26th of August.
  • Tickets and packages are available via the WinterFest website and start at R21k for a four sleeper. It includes 3-day festival pass, 3 day Mountain pass, accommodation, Ski & Snowboard lessons and Ski & Snowboard gear rental 
  • For more event and accommodation information, click here or contact Alex Torrao at

The Showstoppers

This year, the stellar cast of performers for Afriski Winterfest 2018 will include Jack Parrow, Rubber Duc, Albert Frost, Gunshot Blue, Sean Hayz, DJ Wags as well as Lesotho’s very own DJ Mocheques, Dj Davertz and many more. There will be four unique stages, with varying style and tempo, from Indie, to Rock and R&B.

“From the fun and authentic Pop-Folk hybrid sound that is Rubber Duc, or the deep, funky soul of DJ Mocheques to the brash, in your face Afrikaans swagger of Jack Parrow. Whatever stage, whatever day, Winterfest 2018 will have you on your feet.” says Alex Torrao, Co-Founder of Afriski Winterfest.

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The Sleepers

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.

The Snow

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.