Tiffindell Ski Resort is a fully equipped winter snow resort with state of the art snowmaking and grooming equipment, ski lifts, ski shop and ski school. The resort has an immaculately groomed ski area and offers three months of skiing each year during June, July and August by way of natural and man-made snow. Making snow is an expensive undertaking and contributes a major portion to the cost of your experience. Pls understand this when looking at the package rates. We love skiing and would love you to share this absolutely unique experience right here in the middle of SA. The weather in unpredictable and Mother Nature-in-Law always has the last say. We cannot tell you when the conditions will be better than another time (one of our most common questions). From historical experience we can have skiable snow on the slopes from 1st June to end of August in an average season.
The Slopes - there is a 100 wide beginner slope of 60m in length serviced by a rope tow. There is a Main Slope (which would be a red run from above the Yeti Bar) and the Gully Slope, a blue run. Two long “button” lifts will take you back up the mountain after each run. Tiffindell offers slope lengths of around 1.3km in total, descending from the highest peak in the Cape Province. The Main Slope gets increasingly steeper the higher you go up and has been “homologated” by The International Ski Federation (FIS) for Slalom and Giant Slalom courses. The first ever FIS race on the African continent was held here in the 2014 winter.
Junior skiers will be encouraged to join our junior development program.
The Ski Academy (ski training AND SCHOOLING AT THE RESORT for the winter) is in operation and run by 3 time Olympic skier and National Ski Coach, Alex Heath. Pls enquire if you have kids looking to further themselves in ski racing or perhaps become a ski instructor as a future career. Places are limited to 20 children per season.
Look out for the South African Children’s Ski Championship (U16), and the Junior Champs (U18) usually in late July. Fun skiers can join the Tiffindell Ski Club or the FreestyleX Snowboarders club.
A snow fun-park with rails and jumps is erected on the middle island for the more adventurous ski and snowboard enthusiasts.
Day visitors must check in at Reception and pay for their ski lift pass and ski hire for the period required. Ski Lessons may be paid at this stage as well. They then proceed to the Ski Hire Building and get equipment and then to The Ski School Building (opposite) to arrange lesson times.
The cost of hiring standard skis or snowboards (and boots) is included in your package when you stay at Tiffindell Ski Resort. Top Carving skis are available for hire for the more experienced, and we also offer Big Foot skis as well as freestyle snowboards. The latest fashions in ski clothing is available at the Ski & Snowboard Shop at the resort. Some jackets and pants are available for rental.
We will hold a large amount of various lengths and styles of ski to suit all levels. For the more experienced skier, top carving skis are the future of freestyle skiing and will be available at an extra cost. Big foot skis are short, wide, fun skis used for jumps and tricks, and usually without poles.
Snowboards will be available to suit 10 years & up. We will keep freestyle boards for easy learning & variety of use. Hire of top boards is available at additional cost.
The Ski & Snowboard Shop will also offer a waxing service and sharpening of edges.
Our highly experienced local and international instructors will teach you to ski or snowboard quickly and safely whether you’re aged 6 or 60.
Tiffindell has skilled ski and snowboard instructors, who will teach you to ski in a controlled and safe environment, and ensure that by the end of your stay, you will be able to carve down the slopes with control. A beginner ski or snowboard course is compulsory for first timers, on specially prepared flat beginner areas (about 60m long). After your course, you should be skiing or snowboarding on your own with control and using the beginner lift for a day or two. As you gain confidence, you will move onto the main slope. Private beginner, intermediate and advanced lessons will be available on request.
Race training sessions will be on offer during certain periods for the more ambitious junior and adult alpine skiers.
We recommend that you go to an artificial ski slope for lessons before coming to Tiffindell. This will enable you to start skiing as soon as you arrive. The Ski Deck® in Randburg, in conjunction with Tiffindell, offers a special course of 3 x 1 hour lessons for R990 and individual lessons at R440 per hour.
MEDICAL SUPPORT & EVACUATION
WORRIED ABOUT INJURY? The resort will have experienced medics on duty, with a first aid room, independently operated by a third-party specialist medical service provider. The first aid room will also dispense non-prescription medical & toiletry supplies. A resident masseuse will ease your muscles.
WHAT TO BRING
Take the right ski clothing on your ski / snowboard holiday as weather conditions can change rapidly in the mountains. For beginners, if you can, borrow clothing or contact your nearest snowsports shop to see if they hire clothing. If you want to buy or rent we recommend The Ski Deck in Randburg. They offer the best range of good value for money snowsports clothing- used, rental or new.
Ski or snowboard jacket: Snow jackets should be lightweight, warm, water and windproof with lots of pockets and not too tight. A proper ski jacket (and pants) is highly breathable as you are doing much more work than (for example) a hiker. Ski or snowboard pants: Snow pants should have the same properties as jackets. Thermal base layer: Long sleeve vest and long johns for the layer next to your skin providing a warm, breathable base that draws moisture away from the skin. Hats: Always carry a hat even if it's sunny when you leave your accommodation in the morning. Gloves or mittens: These should be waterproof, warm and durable. They should be large enough to keep air circulating around the fingertips. Socks: Choose specialist ski or snowboard socks which are seamless – at least two pairs for washing purposes. Goggles & sunglasses: These protect your eyes from the wind and strong UV light reflected off the snow. Goggles are better when it's cold or snowing. Sun protection: Always use a high factor sun cream for your face, ears and neck and apply lip salve regularly throughout the day.
A travel insurance policy that covers winter sports is a good idea. These activities may carry a higher premium so make sure you check your policy / medical aid before you leave.
Get ski fit
You don’t have to be an international athlete to go on a ski holiday but doing some exercise before you go will enhance your enjoyment of your holiday. (Ski lessons are the best for ski fitness while learning).
Get a lesson before you go
For beginners, ski holidays are often easier if a few lessons are taken at a local ski slope before your holiday. A session on The Ski Deck with a qualified instructor will provide a feel for the equipment and basic technique before taking to the real stuff. You will be amazed what a difference it makes on day one!