First-ever FIS sanctioned races staged in Africa

13 August 2014 15:10
Skiers from Sweden, Austria and Slovenia joined by South African FIS athletes, in front  South African Coach Alex Heath and Snow Sports South Africa President Peter Pilz
Skiers from Sweden, Austria and Slovenia joined by South African FIS athletes, in front South African Coach Alex Heath and Snow Sports South Africa President Peter Pilz -
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The first-ever FIS sanctioned races held on the African continent took place on 4th and 5th August 2014 in Tiffindell (RSA). The Tiffindell resort 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 (SWE) while 18-year-old Martin Pitterle (AUT) took the title in the junior category. In the slalom competitions, Alexander Koell and Tim Lindgren (SWE) 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.

A video from the races can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCX336oyxYw&feature=youtu.be