Africa hosts first ever FIS alpine races

Africa hosts first ever FIS alpine races

The first ever FIS Alpine ski races held on the African continent took place in early August 2014 at the ski resort of Tiffindell in the Republic of South Africa. Tiffindell is situated on the border of South Africa and the Kingdom of Lesotho in the Southern Drakensberg Mountain range.

On the schedule were a National Championship, a National Junior Championship and two men’s slalom races. The National Championship was won by Alexander Koell of Seden while 18 year old Martin Pitterle of Austria took the title in the junior category. In the slalom competitions, Alexander Koell and Tim Lindgren, both from Sweden clocked the fastest times. The starting lists with skiers from Sweden, Austria and Slovenia included six racers from South Africa.

From a snow perspective, there has been little or no natural snowfall in southern Africa during the 2014 ski season, but low temperatures have allowed Tiffindell as well as Afriski in Lesotho to carry out extensive snowmaking to open their pistes. In Tiffindell’s case this are the longest-ever season thanks to a newly extended snowmaking area this season.

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