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The Dunes of Namibia

Skiing does not have to mean donning snow gear or waiting for fresh powder to fall. Namibia, a desert country in Southern Africa, has some of the world's best dune skiing. Skiers and snowboarders strap on specially prepared equipment and ride down these sandy slopes at speeds that are not much lower than they would be on a snow-covered run. 

Local dune-skiers have perfected the use of waxes and the positioning of bindings for maximum control and speed on the sand. A few local guides have even positioned their runs so that any tracks made by visiting sand skiers are covered over naturally when the winds blow.