|Entrance to the Afriski ski area in Lesotho, Africa.|
And the two guys standing in the middle of the road are swinging their AK-47s. This is not a hitchhiking request. It is an order, backed up by assault rifles. Or a carjacking. Or a robbery. If we are lucky... The guys board our pickup. I try even harder than usual to avoid the biggest potholes, as they sit in the back with their guns dangling loosely in our direction. The road is not making a smooth ride easy, the conditions are the worst that we've seen on our trip so far. Actually, they are worse than I have seen anywhere.
|The gunmen are walking away|
|A view towards the ski area from the Mahlasela off-piste.|
|Afriski is not just about snow, its also about grass, rocks, and bushes|
|The main ski slope|
|Our vehicle at the top of the Mahlasela Pass, 3225 meters.|
|Drinks are being served while we wait for the cat transport|
|Afriski at night|
|We are in tow|
|Tero jumps on the Mahlasela off-piste|
|The bathrooms in Afriski have heating. And nice signs.|
|Skiing in Africa has cl^H^Hgrass|
|Oxbow Lodge, -12C outside, +12C inside (unless they have run out of heating gas)|
|The skis are burning. Gods are pleased.|
- They have the highest bar in Africa at 3030 meters, the Gondola Cafe. The bar serves all the necessary drinks, except tap water, which they save for the snow making. There's wild partying that goes on to the wee hours. (My only complaint is that they didn't serve Pepsi Max, only Coke Zero. Maybe they were afraid that the party would get completely out of hand if they served Pepsi Max?)
- There is a ski burning event in the evening, where the instructors burn skis in order to please the snow gods. I'm wondering if this event has something to do with having the newest skis in the rental place?
|Afterski at Afriski|
- There are comedy shows, performed by the ski instructors.
- Awards from the day's ski competitions are given out.
|Comedy shows in the afterski bar.|