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Snow+Rock is a great adventure for Novice, Intermediate and Advanced Riders taken by Hayden Brown.jpg

As the organisers and participants of the third annual Snow+Rock Enduro event are prepping for take-off, there’s a few things you should know – that’s to say if you’re not in on the excitement yet…

The mountain kingdom of Lesotho will come to life again this summer as thousands of keen Enduro fans saddle up at Afriski Mountain Resort for the Snow+Rock Enduro event from 25 to 27 October 2019.

Explore Magazine tracked down Peter Peyper, Afriski Manager, to find out more about this relatively new event and why it is so quickly becoming a popular date on the annual Enduro calendar.

Snow+Rock Enduro 2019 takes place on 25th to 27th October 2019. Please tell us more about this event. When was the first one held? How did the idea for the event originate? Who does it cater for?

The first event was in 2016 on the weekend right after the ski season ended. The idea was to ride on the snow and offer something really unique that is not available anywhere else in the country. We built an MX style track on the ski slopes and did some fun races early in the morning until the snow got too soft and you completely lost traction. Then we headed out into the hills for a proper Enduro ride. We later discovered that not everyone enjoyed the snow the way we did and it was actually deterring some riders from entering. We moved the event to later in the spring and made it a two-day funduro. We are in the Maluti mountains and there is always a chance of snow, so we decided to keep the name, even though we don’t guarantee you will be riding on snow. Deep in Lesotho’s beautiful Maluti Mountains, Afriski has teamed up with Wild West Enduro Track to create an event that promises fun for beginners, a rewarding challenge for intermediate Enduro riders and a chance for advanced bikers to hone their skills. The annual Snow+Rock Enduro Event is not only a wonderful experience for motor biking Enduro enthusiasts but their families get to have fun too! There is enough to keep the family occupied while you are out riding. There will also be some great live entertainment so be ready for a proper shake down on the final night.

 

How many entries are you expecting this year?

We’ve already exceeded last year’s entries and have capped it at 250 riders. There is still space for riders to enter and we encourage families and friends to join for the weekend and follow the ride via spectator points or participate in other great summer activities we have on offer.

 

Can you please tell us more about Afriski Mountain Resort?

Afriski was started in the early 2000’s and had its first full ski season in 2004. Development was until 2009 when Tiffindell went into Liquidation and Afriski became the only commercial ski resort in Southern Africa. It also saw an influx of investment and industry specific skills which completely changed the landscape and fast-tracked the development. It has since become the preferred ski destination for people from Gauteng, the Free State and KZN. A lot of focus has gone into developing the summer activities and it has also become an attractive summer holiday destination for mountain bikers, Enduro bikers, adventure bikers and all outdoor adventure enthusiasts.

 

Winter sports aside, what makes your resort different from all other in SA?

Afriski is the only mountain resort in Southern Africa that sits at 3050 metres above sea level. One of the few if not the only mountain resort that is on top of a mountain range as opposed to all berg resorts generally being at the foot of the mountains.

 

What makes Afriski Mountain Resort so popular among SA travellers?

Afriski is an all year all mountain destination for all outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers and a perfect place to participate in various activities or simply kick back and relax.

 

What are some of the highlights that your guests can expect when visiting Afriski Mountain Resort?

In winter skiing and snow fun are the main focus points. In summer we have a range of fun activities for the whole family. There is a large network of well-manicured mountain bike trails that also double up as hiking and running trails. All mountain bike trails can be accessed using the T-Bar ski lift which makes it very popular amongst the gravity mountain bike community. We’ve mapped out roughly 500km of Enduro trails and offer guided outrides in the lowlands as well as a few different high altitude options. It is also a great base if you want to explore Lesotho on an adventure bike or by 4x4. Other activities include monster rollers, abseiling, paint ball, quad bike outrides, a kids play park, an obstacle course (similar to Warrior race course), fly fishing, bird watching, conferencing and 4x4ing.

 

Although you are a luxury resort, you cater for a variety of budgets. Can you please expand on that?

There is a range of accommodation that caters for all budgets with accommodation ranging from backpackers to luxury mountain chalets and cabins. Backpacker rooms are all sharing with communal bathrooms and a large open plan communal kitchen and dinning area. Lodge rooms are either two or four sleeper, en-suite rooms all centrally located in the resort. Chalets range from 6-11 sleeper chalets with its own lounge, dining room and kitchen. Most units are 10 sleeper units with four bedrooms (2 en-suite) and 3 bathrooms.

 

Can we assume that guests visiting your resort do so because of the snow?

Most of our guests are winter guests who are visiting to experience snow. Some regular skiers and others seeing snow for the first time. With the expansion of our summer activities and conferencing offering, the summer visitors are on the rise.

 

Looking at skiing: Can one ski all year round?

Ski season is only from June to August. We do get the odd snowfall outside of these dates but it is generally not that much and melts really quickly. The best time to visit for the snow is during July when the snow conditions are generally at its best and you also have the best chance of natural snow.

 

How does Afriski Mountain Resort cater for the corporate traveller?

We have a variety of accommodation, perfect for the corporate traveller who is just looking for a comfortable room to overnight or a meeting place if conducting business in the area. We have a fully licensed restaurant that serves great meals all through the day and a great place to entertain clients or for a small to medium sized conference. We also have a large conference venue for conferences up to 180 people.

 Elizabeth Kunene

 

More about the enduro 

  • What? A 2-day motorcycle Enduro event, featuring a Lowland Ride and an Altitude Ride.
  • When? October 25 – 27, 2019.
  • Where? Afriski Mountain Resort, Lesotho (and surrounding areas). If travelling by car, Afriski is approximately 5½ hours from Johannesburg, 4 hours from Bloemfontein, 6 hours from Durban and 14 hours from Cape Town.
  • Who? Novice, intermediate and advanced Enduro bikers and their families.
  • Cost? R750 per entry for the two-day ride (includes a goodie bag and exclusive Snow+Rock event T-shirt). There is no entrance fee for spectators. 
  • How to enter the event:? Visit www.racecontrol.co.za/
  • Other activities? Kids’ indoor and outdoor play areas, hiking, monster rollers, mountain bike trails, gorge jumping and river swimming, abseiling, 4x4 off-road routes, day trips to Katse Dam, fly-fishing and Lesotho cultural visits.
  • Accommodation options? This varies from a backpacker lodge to ski chalets. See www.afriski.net/accommodation/ for details.

 

For more event information, visit www.afriski.net/events/2019/10/snow-rock-enduro-2019/

Snow+Rock Enduro includes some technical elements taken by Hayden Brown.jpg Snow+Rock Enduro 2018 route taken by Hayden Brown.jpg Snow+Rock Enduro 2018 route taken by Hayden Brown 2.jpg Peter Peyper.jpg Great scenery along the routes for Snow+Rock Enduro taken by Hayden Brown.jpg Beautiful views of Lesotho while riding the Snow+Rock Enduro event taken by Hayden Brown.jpg Afriski Summer view_1.jpg
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