The 10 Craziest Places to Ski

Granted, it is quite enjoyable to visit ski resorts that offer perfect slopes, comfy chairlifts, and award-winning restaurants for après-ski. But how often do you want to race down the same ski fields in Switzerland, France, and Canada? We’ve come up with the 10 most unusual places to ski — from freeriding in Hawaii to hitting the snow in one of the world’s largest shopping malls. —Wibke Carter


Lesotho may not be an obvious choice for a skiing holiday, but it is home to one of only two ski resorts in southern Africa. Afriski is situated in Lesotho’s magnificent Maluti Mountains at an altitude of 10,570ft. Opened in 2002, the resort offers two ski runs (the main slope and a beginner’s slope), two lifts, ski lessons and a gondola.

As winter falls into the dry season in Lesotho, it hardly ever snows in the Maluti Mountains. However, temperatures drop below freezing between June and October – perfect for making snow! Overnight, at least twenty snow canons produce the just overone-mile long ski run with technology made in Austria. Many visitors come here from South African cities like Pretoria and Johannesburg.

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