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Afri-Ski ski resort

Tourist Office

Afriski
PO Box 13158, Hatfield,
Pretoria
Lesotho
0028

Telephone: (86) 1754754
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.afriski.co.za

Description

The tiny African kingdom of Lesotho, entirely surrounded by it’s larger neighbour, South Africa, opened it’s first ‘real’ ski resort, dubbed Afri-Ski (www.afriski.co.za) in July 2002. The Lesotho Government, in conjunction with Afri-Ski (Pty) Ltd, were part of the development. The resort is nestled in the heart of the Lesotho Highlands and is only four and a half hours’ drive by tar road from South Africa’s Johannesburg. Those backing the resort believe that apart from job creation for the people of Lesotho, Afri-Ski will be a major boost for local tourism during the Southern African skiing season, which spans from June up until September. The main developer of Afri-Ski, Rocco de Kock from Urban Dynamics, says the exclusive designs will be in harmony with the unspoilt surroundings. The accommodation at Afri-Ski is described as, “exclusive, up market and elegant.” Each chalet will have a view of the Drakensberg mountain range. At 3 222 meters above sea level the mountains in the resort area are equal to the highest peaks at Austrian ski areas.

Some reports talk of total investment being around $10m and of the development of a high-altitude training centre for Olympic rowers and other athletes at the new resort. In the first season slopeside lodging will not be available but accommodation is available within a 50km (30 mile) radius through partnerships with hotels and other lodging on the South African side of the border. Rocco de Kock says many of the potential buyers are not just interested in the snow during winter time, but also in the activities available in the summer such as hiking trails, trout fishing, horse back riding, 4×4 routes, nature and fauna and flora. Attractions already in place include pony trekking, star gazing, hiking, trout fishing and four-wheel-drive trails.

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Madonna di Campiglio ski resort

Tourist Office

Madonna di Campiglio – Pinzolo – Val Rendena Azienda per il Turismo S.P.A.
Via Pradalaggo, 4
Madonna di Campiglio
Trentino
Italy
I 38084

Telephone: (465) 447501
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.campiglio.to

Description

One of Italy’s most famous resorts, with a surprisingly low number of foreign visitors. It is a very pleasant town with excellent shopping and après ski. The slopes above are varied, extensive and mostly tree-lined.

Review

Madonna di Campiglio is one of the world’s classic ski centres and one of Italy’s most famous ranking with Cortina, Courmayeur and San Martino. Considering its long history in winter sports it has the benefit of an extensive and hugely enjoyable ski area with access lifts coming right down in to the town – both unusual assets compared to many of the other famous ski resorts of long standing. The resort’s altitude gives it better snowsure conditions than many traditional winter sports centres.

Recent investment has meant that almost all the key trails are served by modern lifts, and supported by snow making. As well as the lift-linked terrain joined to two other resorts, a further four are included in the area pass bringing a total of 300km (187 miles) of trails served by 100 lifts, less than a third of those surface tows – a very high percentage of chairs and cabin lifts by Europoean standards.

Madonna di Campiglio is a very chic resort staging the kind of grand balls and polo-on-ice tournaments for which St Moritz is famous. It feels good to be there because the town is pleasant to be in and the surrounding scenery of the Rendena Valley with pink Dolomitic rock above, ascending in sheer cliffs and precipices above the forest is spectacular and beautiful.

The area has a long history, but had been in a period of decline for around 150 years when skiing first began here in the 1930s, the resort really taking off by the ’50s. Most of the local population are now employed in the tourism industry. Unusually for a top European resort the vast majority of Madonna’s clientele are domestic – Italians.

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Nakiska ski resort

Tourist Office

Nakiska
P.O. Box 1988
Kananaskis Village
Alberta
Canada
T0L 2H0

Telephone: (403) 5917777
Website: www.skinakiska.com/

Description

Purpose-built to stage the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics Alpine events, accommodation is centred on Kananakis Village, close to Canmore and Calgary.

Review

Located in the heart of the spectacular Kananaskis Valley, Nakiska was specifically designed to host the alpine events of the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics. Also known as Mount Allan, Nakiska is set within Kananaskis Country, a popular 4250 sq km/1615 sq mile) outdoor recreation area located an hour’s drive southwest of Calgary (110km/68 miles) spanning both the foothills and the Rockies. Within Kananaskis Country there are 4 provincial parks; Peter Lougheed, Bow Valley, Bragg Creek and Elbow/Sheep Wilderness. The area is a real winter playground with a host of winter activities including cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice skating and dog sledding as well as downhill skiing and snowboarding. Accommodation is directly adjacent to Nakiska in Kananaskis Village.

When Captain John Palliser led a British scientific expedition through this area between 1857 and 1860, he wrote in his journal about the legend of an Indian named Kananaskis, “giving account of his most wonderful recovery from the blow of an axe to his head, which stunned but failed to kill him”. Palliser gave the name Kananaskis to the Bow River tributary in the area. He named the Kananaskis River and the pass that he crossed, the Kananaskis Pass, which led him through the Rocky Mountains. The word Kananaskis is said to mean “meeting of the waters”.

Today Kananaskis Country is not only a multi-use recreational area, but other activities such as timber harvesting, ranching and natural gas operations also co-exist with the diversity of recreational uses. Alberta’s youngest Rocky Mountain resort, Nakiska was designed using computer technology to best create long, wide, fall-line runs, perfect for ski racing during the Olympics and now a cruiser’s paradise.

The layout of the ski trails is simple and very user-friendly with expert terrain primarily at the top of the mountain, intermediate runs in the middle and beginner areas at its base. Skiers and snowboarders can depend on quality snow coverage as Nakiska is equipped with extensive and sophisticated snowmaking systems. This combined with a commitment to world class grooming makes Nakiska a great choice for those that enjoy long cruising runs on the “picture-perfect” corduroy daily snow reports consistently speak of.

Only 30 minutes drive away through some spectacular wilderness is the neighbouring ski resort of Fortress Mountain. Lift tickets are transferable so you can ski the 2 areas in one day. The town of Canmore 60km/37 miles is considered to be the residential community of the area with an established infrastructure geared towards an outdoor lifestyle. Canmore Nordic Centre, which hosted the cross-country skiing, biathlon and nordic combined events of the XV Winter Olympics is considered to have some of the best developed nordic ski trails anywhere in the world.

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Gora Moroznaya ski resort

Tourist Office

Kamchatka
Russia

Telephone: (415) 3526711
Website: ski.kamchatka.ru/

Description

The Lodge in Vilyuchinsk is not open to the public as its located in the restricted area.

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Chamonix – Mont Blanc ski resort

Tourist Office

Office de Tourisme Chamonix Mont Blanc
85 Place du Triangle de l’Amitie
Chamonix Mont Blanc
Haute Savoie
France
F 74400

Telephone: (450) 530024
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.chamonix.com

Description

An historic ski and climbing town on the picturesque side of Mont Blanc, by the entrance to the Mont Blanc tunnel. Chamonix offers the world’s greatest lift-served vertical drop. Away from the slopes it is very lively all year round with numerous bars and restaurants.

Review

One of the few serious contenders for the title of “World’s Most Famous Ski Resort”, Chamonix Mont Blanc (as the resort prefers to be known) has the world’s biggest lift-served skiable vertical drop of 2807 metres ( 9209 feet ), one of the world’s longest runs through the Vallée Blanche at 22 km ( 13.7 miles ) and staged the World’s first Winter Olympics in 1924. Beyond these spectacular statistics is Chamonix’s relatively undisputed status as the world’s tough mountain sports capital, the subject of endless ski magazine reports each season from editors wishing to prove they descended between the glacial crevasses and lived to tell the tale!

For lesser mortals there are plenty of on-piste kilometres to soak up, all dominated by the spectacular scenery of Mont Blanc, Western Europe’s highest peak (and Europe’s second highest after Mt Elbrus in Russia, although some dispute whether Elbrus is in Europe).

Chamonix’s history has been traced to Bronze Age times and its current status was confirmed in a report as far back as 1751 when the locals were described as “the most uncompromising men in Europe”. Ten years before that Englishmen William Windham and Richard Pococke had been on the first recorded tourist trip, reaching the Mer de Glace.

The first skis in the valley were spotted in 1893 and by 1907 one of the world first cable cars, ‘Les Glaciers’ was in operation (since removed). Six more were to follow between 1927 and 1963. The Mont Blanc Tunnel opened a few years later ensuring first rate access infrastructure in to the future. Chamonix Mont Blanc itself is a lively town with its own character, not just one created every winter season and reinvented every summer. That character reflects the attitude of its residents and of most visitors – a true love of the mountains.

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Hart – Purgstall ski resort

Tourist Office

Gemeinde Hart-Purgstall
Prellerbergstraße 1
Hart-Purgstall

Steiermark / Styria
Austria
A 8063

Telephone: (3117) 2283
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.hart-purgstall.steiermark.at

Description

A tiny small ski with a single drag lift operating whenever conditions are adequate.

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Wimmerlift, Hart – Purgstall, Styria, Alps

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Ouray ski resort

Tourist Office

City Of Ouray Parks and Recreation Ski Hill
3rd Avenue
Ouray
Colorado
USA
CO 81427

Telephone: (970) 3254638
Website: www.ouraycolorado.com/serv.html

Description

Small ski hill with one rope tow mostly used by children

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