AFRISKI WINTERFEST KICKS WIN­TER OFF WITH A BANG

PERCHED HIGH ABOVE THE AFRICAN PLAINS, IN THE MOUN­TAIN KING­DOM OF LESOTHO, AFRISKI MOUN­TAIN RE­SORT IS AFRICA’S MOST DIS­TINC­TIVE WIN­TER DES­TI­NA­TION, AND HOST TO ONE OF THE CON­TI­NENT’S MOST DIS­TINC­TIVE MU­SIC FES­TI­VALS – AFRISKI WINTERFEST.

In Flight Magazine - - IN THIS ISSUE - { TEXT: AFRISKI MOUN­TAIN RE­SORT & BERNIE HELLBERG JR | IM­AGES © MICHAEL ALLEN & ALEX WOLF }

In early June 2018, “Win­ter­festers” from across South Africa and Lesotho made their way to the Moun­tain King­dom of Lesotho, hyped-up on adren­a­line from the drive up the newly-com­pleted Mahlasela Pass, and into their choice of ac­com­mo­da­tion, which ranged from moun­tain­top chalets and apart­ments to back­pack­ers’ lodges, at the one and only Afriski Moun­tain Re­sort.

With fresh snow sprin­kled across the moun­tains, and South­ern Africa’s top artists in the line-up, a jam-packed Winterfest kicked off the 2018 win­ter sea­son – three months of ski­ing and snow­board­ing fun at Afriski Moun­tain Re­sort.

By day, fes­ti­val­go­ers brought the slopes to life, with first-timers and sea­soned pros mak­ing the most of the day­light and free snow gear rental for the whole week­end. But once the boards and skis were packed away for the day, and the tem­per­a­tures dropped, so did the beats, as mu­sic lovers joined the evening’s warm-up ses­sion over a de­li­cious meal at Sky­bar – Africa’s high­est restau­rant – with the likes of Si­mone Goven­der, 4AM, Will Rayz and Lesotho’s own Leomile woo­ing the crowd. A pow­er­ful lineup of DJs – in­clud­ing Black Spar­row, Skye, Mocheques, and Easy Freak – brought Gon­dola Café at the base of the snow white slopes to life from 21h00 un­til late.

For the Afriski Winterfest Sea­son Opener, there was an all-star line-up fea­tur­ing Rub­ber Duc, Al­bert Frost, Gun­shot Blue, and head­line act, Jack Parow. Al­though the last day was a lit­tle chill­ier than the pre­vi­ous two, Jack Parow’s high-en­ergy show got the crowd warmed up. Parow’s top tip for keep­ing warm in the chilly moun­tains: “Jäger­meis­ter and brandy – lots of it!”

The cur­tain came down in style on the fi­nal day, with a cham­pagne-drenched main stage show and the tra­di­tional “Ski Burn­ing”. Dressed in Ba­sotho gear, Afriski vet­er­ans per­formed the rit­ual un­der the clear starry sky, chant­ing into the chilly night, sacrificing the skis to the fire, and bring­ing Winterfest to a close.

With the frost barely set­tled on the Afriski Winterfest Sea­son Opener, the moun­tains are braced for an even big­ger avalanche of mu­sic and snow. Afriski Winterfest will be clos­ing the sea­son from 23rd to 26th Au­gust 2018. Book your ticket at www.winterfest.co.za and ex­pe­ri­ence Africa’s quirki­est mu­sic fes­ti­val for your­self. #Win­terFest2018 #SnowTripRoad­Trip

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