Maluti Mountains — Nestled high in the Maluti Mountains of Lesotho, skiers and snowboarders from around the world rub shoulders at Africa’s leading ski resort, which is cultivating a loyal clientele despite its diminutive size and remote location. Since 2002, Afriski in north-eastern Lesotho has also become a hub for the country’s young winter sports enthusiasts to hone their skills and maybe one day compete for gold at the Winter Olympics. "Afriski was always a unique option as a destination," says resort snowmaker Martin Schultz, who comes from SA’s surfing hub Jeffreys Bay, but swapped his surfboard for a snowboard to take to the slopes. "It’s been a nice progress — nice amounts of terrain we’ve been able to open up," he adds, wearing stylish wrap-around blue mirrored sunglasses and a lemon-yellow crash helmet. Schultz is responsible for maintaining the quality and consistency of the artificial snow on the slopes, used by the 12,000 visitors who travel to the resort every season....

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