Two informative references from that link: http://mg.co.za/article/2012-07-05-how- ... tiffindell http://mg.co.za/article/2012-07-12-tiff ... s-for-r55m
The resort operated from 1993-2007 and has been closed since. The new owners hopes to be up and running again in 2013 or 2014.
South Africa's climatology presents a challenge for skiing. The Drakensberg Mountains where Tiffendell is located near Lesotho have peaks over 11,000 feet but that part of the country has a summer wet and winter dry season. Thus snowmaking is needed. Cape Town's climate is summer dry and winter wet at the same latitude as L.A. but the highest mountains in that area are barely 6,000 feet, not high enough.
Winter is the ideal tourism season for the game preserves in southern Africa. So a day or two in the Drakensberg would take little extra effort in the context of a general tourism trip for those of us who want to check Africa off the list sometime.
Season length: 21 months, Nov. 29, 2010 - July 2, 2012
Days in one year: 80 from Nov. 29, 2010 - Nov. 17, 2011
Season vertical: 1,318K in 2010-11
Season powder: 291K in 2011-12