Afriski Mountain Resort pulls off a SnowKidz event
Apart from the imperial mountains situated over 1300m above sea level with stunning views of a pristine landscape marked by powerful rivers, surging waterfalls and sparkling streams, the high altitude enables this beautiful kingdom in the sky, to see the snow most of the months of any given year.
The Kingdom in the Sky therefore is home to the Afriski Ski Mountain Resort situated at Mahlasela pass at 3 222m meters. Snowing peaks during the winter months of June, July and sometimes in August. This forms a centrepiece of the resort’s management to organise a skiing competition in honour of the King’s birthday in July every year. At this event, skiers compete for different prizes and in 2015, other than visitors only competing; the programme also included young children from Mokhotlong and Maseru Districts.
The children were trained on how to ski and competed for prizes thereafter. The main aim of including the young minds in this competition was to change the general perception of Basotho about the snow. When congratulating the winners, the Minister of Tourism Environment and Culture; Mrs. Likeleli Tampane pointed out that; snow should not just be seen as life-threatening because it also entails a sense of adventure and fun. Mr. Wessel Bosman - the Lesotho Winter Sports Association President said "It was such a pleasure to see young blood from the nearby communities have fun from the snow while they appreciate the thrill of skiing. Seeing the smiles on their faces was priceless", he added.
Speaking at the same occasion, the Minister of Youth, Sports and Recreation; Mr Mathibeli Mokhothu expressed his appreciation to Afriski Resort for making skiing accessible for the young generation. He added that, it is in competitions like this one where critical issues facing the youth can be addressed. In his speech the Minister further urged the youth in Lesotho to consider using snow to create the positive social impact while they also combat health problems like childhood obesity and high stress levels.
Did you know?
Skiing, now a sport; was a mode of transport 4000 years ago.
Afriski slope is the highest in the world (3222m). While skiing with moderate effort, you can burn around 350-400 calories per hour!!