Tiffindell to become summer attraction

Comment on this story


iol travel aug 10 tiffendal

INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS

A WINTER wonderland blankets the Tiffindell ski resort in the Eastern Cape. Picture: Michael Clarke

East London - The new owner of the country's only ski resort, Tiffindell, plans to turn it into a summer attraction, he said.

Local businessman Lew Campbell bought the 101ha Eastern Cape resort at an auction last month for R5.5 million. He was expected to move onto the property, near Barkly East in the southern Drakensberg, in September.

Campbell, who wanted to return Tiffindell to its former glory, intended employing local residents to do so. He wanted visitors to come there for fishing, nature walks and hiking in summer.

The resort had been closed for over two years and would require a fair amount of money to renovate.

“The process of buying Tiffindell has been a pleasure from start to finish.

“The auctioneers facilitated the transaction quickly and seamlessly, and as a lifelong skier I am truly excited to have the opportunity to develop a skier’s paradise in South Africa,” he said.

He expected to have the resort up and running in a limited capacity by next winter, and fully operational by 2014.

Campbell, who ran the Ferndale-based Ski Instruction Centre called The Ski Deck, had been training skiers and snowboarders, selling ski equipment and skiing holidays to South Africans since 1983.

He said at its peak, Tiffindell was the equal of many a European ski resort and he was determined to return it to “those lofty heights”. - Sapa

Get our new, free Travel newsletter - subscribe here...


sign up
 
 

Comment Guidelines



  1. Please read our comment guidelines.
  2. Login and register, if you haven’ t already.
  3. Write your comment in the block below and click (Post As)
  4. Has a comment offended you? Hover your mouse over the comment and wait until a small triangle appears on the right-hand side. Click triangle () and select "Flag as inappropriate". Our moderators will take action if need be.

     

Business Directory