Tiffindell Ski & Alpine Resort is a fully equipped hospitality centre with over 150 beds. It is open year round having secure facilities and is available for team building, corporate, government functions, and big or unusual promotional events.
In the warmer months Tiffindell is the hub of the Eastern Cape Highlands area which is one of the best off-the-beaten-track adventure-lands in South Africa.
In the winter months (June,July,August) the ski resort supports the sport of skiing as an inspiring, healthy, social, character building activity for young children and youth development.
Tiffindell is community orientated and hosts the local “Ikephu Ski Pups” which draws from the 4 local schools in Barkly East and Rhodes. From this club approximately 120 previously disadvantaged children participated in the annual South African National Children’s Ski Championships 2014.
The first ever Ski Academy in Africa was opened in winter 2014 and 20 children attend school classes at the resort while ski training during recreational time.
In the 2014 winter season Tiffindell hosted the first International (FIS) Race ever held on the African Continent with top racers from Sweden, USA, Slovakia and Austria attending. Tiffindell racing representatives have trained in Austria, Italy, France, Germany, Iceland, Korea, Australia and Tiffindell based skier Sive Speelman competed in the Winter Youth Olympics in 2012 and was selected to attend the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Tiffindell employs local permanent staff and helps uplift the local communities with training and skills development. Local suppliers are used wherever possible from the surrounding Eastern Cape Highlands towns. The locals of Rhodes, Barkly East and its surroundings have helped the resort offering discounts or in some cases even free services. The people of the area, of all ethnic groups, support Tiffindell wholeheartedly, as an employer for the ongoing future of the region.
The East Coast Development Corporation, East Cape Tourist Association, the Senqu and Joqabi district Municipalities, the Rhodes Community Tourist Office and the Wartrail Community Tourist Organisation are involved with and support Tiffindell initiatives. Tiffindell hosts some high altitude research into wetland species, alpine flowers, geology and our own endearing "Tiffindell chipmunks" or snow rats from the genus Otomys.
Tiffindell Ski & Alpine Resort was purchased by Lew Campbell and Peter Pilz of Tiffindell (Pty) Ltd in 2012.
Lew Campbell has been in the ski business in South Africa for 30 years running The Ski Deck in Ferndale, Johannesburg.
Peter Pilz has been the President of the SA Snowsports Association for 25 years and devoted thousands of voluntary hours to the sport of skiing;
The resort is managed by Mr Maarten den Heyer and Grant Sephton who have over 36 years of service to Tiffindell since 1997.