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Tiny African kingdom skis as Europe sweats


While millions across Europe sweated through a summer of record heat, others were skiing in Africa. Do not worried. This is not another sign of climate change but the fascinating anomaly of Lesotho, a small mountain kingdom completely surrounded by South Africa.
Lesotho has a geographical claim to fame: It is the only country on Earth where every inch of its territory lies more than 3,280 feet above sea level. That gives Lesotho snow in the Southern Hemisphere winter. And while cold winters are not uncommon in southern Africa, snow and ski resorts are even rarer.
At 9,842 feet, Afriski in Lesotho’s Maluti Mountains is Africa’s only active ski resort south of the equator. “I’ve never seen snow in my life,” said Kafi Mojapelo, who traveled a short distance from South Africa for a skiing holiday she never thought she would take. “So this is a great experience.”
Afriski’s Kapoko Snow Park is the only free snow park on the continent.
Competitors lined up last month for the annual Winter Whip tournament Slope-style snowboard and skiing competition. Sekholo Ramonotsi, a 13-year-old boy who regularly trains at Afriski, won the junior skiing and snowboarding categories. “I really want to ski in Europe,” he said.





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