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SnowPorn So you think our snow conditions are marginal

Discussion in 'Snow Talk' started by person s, Sep 1, 2014.

  1. person s

    person s Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    First ever FIS events in South Africa

     
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  2. Scoober

    Scoober One of Us

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    Pretty awful. I'm sure Lesotho gets a decent amount of snow.
     
  3. Born2ski

    Born2ski Part of the Furniture

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    You could have bought the resort for less a $1 million a few years ago.

    South Africa: Tiffindell Ski Resort

    Tiffindell, South Africa’s only ski and snowboarding resort, opened in 1993 near Rhodes, on the remote southern slopes of the Drakensberg Mountains. But the resort closed in 2010 after falling into disrepair during a legal battle between the owner and property developers. In July, Lew Campbell, who owns an artificial ski-training slope in Johannesburg, bought Tiffindell at auction for about $730,000. He’s invested another $560,000 in building upgrades, snow-making machines and ski equipment. The 192-bed resort reopens year-round in January 2013. It has snow from June to August, but let’s be honest: it will never compete with the big leagues. With only 57 acres of skiable terrain, Tiffindell Ski Resort is less than one one-hundredth of the size of Whistler Blackcomb. Yet what it lacks in size and sophistication it makes up for in South African hospitality. Visitors who schlep up the gravel roads, past cattle grazing on grassy hills, will be met by local English-, Afrikaans- and Xhosa-speaking staff members. Skiers can expect sunny and dry winter days, and après-ski aficionados bored with Aspen’s bourbon milkshakes may get a kick out of Tiffindell’s boerwors, a South African spiced sausage.


    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/09/travel/12-months-of-skiing-from-chile-to-china.html?_r=0
     
  4. Majikthise

    Majikthise Sage Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Can't. Decide what it resembles more
    The lowest part of the supatrail at Thredbo or Buller?
     
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  5. gareth_oau

    gareth_oau Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Good on 'em for trying!!:cheers:
     
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    CarveMan Pool Room Ski Pass: Gold

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    Friend of mine worked there as an instructor. He also skied in the 92 Winter Olympics for Swaziland.
     
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    piolet Better make it three Ski Pass: Gold

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    yeah better than no skiing :)
     
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    cold wombat Twitter Contributer Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Good on 'em. Make the most of what you've got.
     
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  9. Crystal

    Crystal (Sly made me Cry) - Sand skier extraordinaire Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    ^^ ditto
     
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    ojisan station master Ski Pass: Gold

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    snowduck One of Us

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    rollyz One of Us

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    I like how it is refered to as "the slope"
     
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    VSG Crayon Master Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Things have evolved in southern Africa.

     
  14. Crystal

    Crystal (Sly made me Cry) - Sand skier extraordinaire Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Was filmed back in 2016 ..... still looks like skiing in Aus ;)
     
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