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10 hidden gems for ski enthusiasts

April 1, 2013, 4:38 p.m.
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Lesotho

Lesotho is a tiny African kingdom that is completely surrounded by South Africa. A mountainous nation, some of its highest peaks see snows during the Southern Hemisphere's winter (from June until about September).

The Afriski Resort is the only true ski area in Lesotho. It uses snow-making machines when there is not enough snow on the slopes. However, at 9,000 feet, it certainly has enough altitude to retain the snow-cover that it receives during the winter. 

Despite its growing popularity, Afriski remains relatively uncrowded. Lesotho has a remote feel, as well as the kind of frontier vibe that adventure seekers will surely appreciate.