Skiing in Africa

The important thing is to take that first step. Bravely overcoming one small fear gives you the courage to take on the next.”Ikeda

    It was our 3rd time together at Afriski in Lesotho and this time I actually skied down the big slope!  (Big achievement for me!) My first attempt down the big slope was very scary and must have been very amusing for anyone else watching.  I started off by falling totally out of my skiis straight after getting off the gondola.  I was so terrified to go down that slope that I could hardly move.  I really thought someone was going to have to come fetch me with the snow mobile!  Thankfully Marc kept encouraging me.  Eventually, after 3 very ungracious falls, I made it to the bottom.  I had to redeem myself so I went straight back up and did it again.  My second attempt went much better and I even did it without falling!

There are always people taking snowboarding lessons and they always seem to just be sitting on their bums on the slopes.  One of the guys working there explained the difference between skiing and snowboarding; he says:  “Skiing is easy to learn, difficult to master, while snowboarding is difficult to learn but easier to master.” 

We bought really yummy hot chocolate at the little restaurant!  Mine was hot chocolate with added Amarula and Marc’s hot chocolate had a shot of rum.
Usually one stays over in Fouriesburg, South Africa (what we did the previous two times) but this time we drove straight from Ladybrand to Afriski.  We were at the Fouriesburg border of Lesotho at 6 am and got to Afriski at 8am.  

After one full day of skiing I usually find it difficult to walk for about 3 days afterwards! This time my calf muscles especially felt like they took a beating but it’s well worth it.😀

“Do not let your fears choose your destiny.”


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1 Response to Skiing in Africa

  1. Linley says:

    That big slope is super scary, well done.

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