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South Africa puts the push on skiing during World Cup

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Afri-Ski is trying to lure football fans to head off skiing during the World Cup

With soccer fans gearing up for next month’s World Cup in South Africa, two ski areas are hoping to ride the promotional wave by promoting skiing and attracting a few extra tourists.

Afriski and Tiffindell ski resorts are making a big promotional push to football fans by enticing them to combine their journey with a ski vacations.

Southern Africa’s two ski areas are due to open a few days before the World Cup finals kick off in South Africa. The ski slopes are some hours from the football grounds, but a snow and football holiday is a realistic possibility.

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British engineering firm to build snow centre in Johannesburg

Briton Engineering Developments have announced that a first of their patented Snowflex slopes will be built in South Africa. The 50 x 9m “taster slope” will be built at Cedar Square Shopping Mall in Johannesburg .
The idea of building a “taster” ski slope began a year ago when Avalanche Holdings (Pty) Ltd were approached by the Georgiou Group to investigate the potential of snowsports to attract more visitors to their shopping malls.
Avalanche Holdings (Pty) Ltd, who will operate the slope, hope this to be the first of many to be built around Southern Africa and also hope to build a fully fledged Snowflex slope at one of their resorts.
“We know real snow and snow making because of our experience and knowledge of Tiffindell Ski resort but we needed to research the market to understand the best synthetic solution for us,” said David Taylor of Avalanche Holdings (Pty) Ltd.

We have spent the past year looking at the alternatives and found that Snowflex really has no competition. It offers us, and the Georgiou Group, a fantastic opportunity to attract customers to Cedar Square. We are also looking to install slopes at Loch Logan in Bloemfontein, as well as malls in Cape Town and Durban. We also see huge opportunities for the rest of Southern Africa”

said Colin Robinson, CEO of Avalanche Holdings (Pty) Ltd.
The snowsports area at Cedar Square will consist of a single slope totalling 511m2 and is designed to offer sessions for beginners and experts alike. In addition to ski and snowboard instruction, the slope will also accommodate kids tubing. A removal big kicker is also being built by Briton for exhibition sessions.
In two months time this will be the site of the newest Snowflex® slope – Cedar Square, Johannesburg
Avalanche Holdings (Pty) Ltd will also be offering customers the opportunity to hold parties and other special events with their adjoining café, bar and restaurant. Construction is due to begin in May with an anticipated grand opening during June, 2009.
After his recent visit to Johannesburg and Bloemfontein Terry Di Stasi, Briton’s Director of Business Development, stated that Briton was delighted to be part of such an impressive roll out project and added that a Snowflex slope would undoubtedly add to all the shopping mall’s appeal. Di Stasi added that this first project would be seen as a prominent showroom for Snowflex throughout Southern Africa.
www.snowflex.com

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Tiffindell expands to attract locals

Tiffindell, South Africa’s only commercial ski area, has begun a multi million upgrade project that will modernize the resort’s overall infrastructure and develop accommodation.

The expansion is aimed at luring the more than 100,000 South Africans that travel to other destinations for ski holidays.

Home of the African continent’s highest bar, and normally the first southern hemisphere ski area to open each winter, Tiffindell’s success over the past 15 years has due to snowmaking expertise learned in New England and in part due to the area’s location on the Northern Cape, where snowfalls can be big enough to close access roads and leave the resort snowed-in on occasion.

Currently the ski area has just over a kilometer of runs and a 90m vertical served by several portable surface lifts, along with accommodation for 150 people. Demolition of the existing accommodation will be carried out and new accommodation will cater for 250 guests, whilst the ski runs will be extended eight-fold to about 10km (six miles) and chairlifts will be installed.

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Africa’s first on- snow kindergarten launched in Lesotho

Lesotho ski resort AfriSki will debut Africa’s first day care play park on snow this southern hemisphere winter. The centre, a four-and-a-half hour drive from Johannesburg in South Africa is normally open from June to September. The resort is located in the Mahlasela valley at 3,222m.
“Afriski will provide both guests and visitors with a childcare service so that the parents can have the opportunity to enjoy carefree skiing and ultimate relaxation. We urge you to make your booking in advance in order to ensure availability.” Said a company statement.
Afriski is Lesotho’s only commercial ski area and one of a handful on the African continent, along with centres in Algeria and Morocco in the Northern Hemisphere, and Lesotho’s surrounding neighbor, South Africa in the south.
Also new this year is discounted backpackers accommodation. Afriski caters for up to 150 guests and offers multi day ski packages from Monday to Friday or from Friday to Monday. Packages includes: Equipment rental, Ski Pass and two hour ski lesson per day. Season Passes are also available.
www.afriski.co.uk

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666.78% more visitors come to SkiRebel Magazine in March

With the end of March, SportsRebel Media Ventures (SMV) Ltd. is happy to announce that it broke an all time record for monthly unique visitors with a whopping 666.78 % to SkiRebel Magazine in March 2008 to the same period a year earlier. This staggering growth was led with incredible traffic increases of more than 2000 % on March 28th alone.

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SkiRebel Magazine Celebrates 1st Year…

Since the relaunch of the popular skirebel.com portal in February 2007, SkiRebel Magazine has managed to attract more than 22,658 unique visitors with some 67,000 page impressions.

Since migrating the PDF only online ski magazine to a more user friendly online format, magazine management is ecstatic with the initial results. So far 2008, SportsRebel Media Ventures (SMV) Ltd., the main shareholder of the online property is forecasting tripling online visits. So far the first week forecast is blowing that forecast out of the water.
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WORLD LIFT TICKET PRICE REPORT 2008 PUBLISHED

For the seventh year, independent ski area research company Snow24 plc, based in Scotland, Great Britain, have published their unique comparison of six-day lift ticket prices worldwide. The World Lift Ticket Price Report, sponsored by Liftopia.com, compares the high season, non-discounted, prices of ski passes at more than 550 ski areas in 40 countries* around the world in US Dollars, European Euros and British Pounds. Continue reading ‘WORLD LIFT TICKET PRICE REPORT 2008 PUBLISHED’

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