Lesotho and Afriski pull off excellent SnowKidz event
World Snow Day's twin program SnowKidz expands snow sports in Africa
Snowsports and Lesotho are not commonly associated, however this is slowly changing thanks to the determined efforts of the Lesotho Winter Sports Association and Afriski.
Each year the Kings Cup at Afriski sees hundreds of people journey to the resort to race against the clock. The alpine events have attracted a strong following and now the event is looking to a new a generation. For the Kings Cup in 2015 the resort included a programme to provide newcomers to snow sports a chance to explore, enjoy and experience something not prevalent in Africa.
Lesotho Winter Sports Association President, Wessel Bosman said: "It was a great feeling to see so many children from the surrounding communities come out and enjoy the snow and experience the thrill of skiing. The smiles on the kids faces was priceless and we believe that we have made an important first step to entrench skiing as an accessible sport in Lesotho for the years to come. This first step they took on the ski slopes will also help them to face their future challenges in life."
Looking ahead the resort has said it will look to expand its actions and enhance its current programme.