Winter Whip. Winter Yay Yay!

To hear about South Africans getting excited about winter is strange in its own right. But to hear that people are actually getting excited for a slopestyle event hosted by a South African magazine IN Africa is even harder to believe. Or is it?

Africa’s Only Slopestyle Event

LW Mag puts together this adrenaline pumping event every year, and each year it just keeps getting better! The #XperiaWinterWhip 2016 Snowboard and Ski Jam took place at Afriski Mountain Resort in Lesotho on 6 August 2016 at the Mahlasela pass, 3050m above sea level. It aims to showcase winter sports in Africa, and serves as a training ground for professional skiers and local holiday-makers, and is the highest place that anyone can train, and still consider themselves in Southern Africa. Not only did snowboarders and skiers from all over South Africa and Lesotho join in the slopestyle competition, but competitors from the US and Canada joined too this year.

Snow Jokes!

Club Med, was very proud to be the main prize sponsor for the second year running. Both Pro Men’s and Open Men’s division winners won an all inclusive ski holiday for two to Val Thorens in the French Alps.

Most of the time, the snow in Lesotho is very unpredictable and of course not as vast as the snow on the French Alps of course. The abundant snowfall the week of #XperiaWinterWhip 2016 transformed the usually anticipated strip of snow in the Maluti mountains into a European wonderland and allowed for the biggest Winter Whip slopestyle park to be built to date. Believe it! For those who love the snow, it’s possibly the best year yet. Skiers get to hone their skills in the high altitude at Afriski in August and then set course for longer runs in the European winter at the end of the year. Usually, visitors use this guide to see which resort is perfect for their dream ski holiday.

Tough Competition

Entrants to both the snowboarding and ski divisions have increased immensely since the inception of the #XperiaWinterWhip  event. This year was no different. Fierce competition and progressive riding from all the competitors made it hard to choose winners. Here is a list of the #XperiaWinterWhip winners for 2016.

Junior:
1st place: Ethan Terblanche
2nd place: Erin Nel
3rd place: Alex Steven

Erin Nel
Erin Nel

Men’s Open Division:
1st place: Storm Andrews (Main prize winner)
2nd place: Jason Lammers
3rd place: Vishaylin Mahadeo

Storm Andrews
Storm Andrews

Ski Division:
1st place: JTK
2nd place: Tredoux Willemse
3rd place: Christiaan Willemse

JTK
JTK

Ladies Division:
1st place: Mawa Jekot
2nd place: Erin Nel [11 years old] 3rd place: Tayla De Beer

Tayla De Beer

Men’s Pro Division:
1st place: Andrew Le Roux (Main prize winner)
2nd place: Luke Dutton
3rd place: Dean Van Greunen

Andrew Le Roux
Andrew Le Roux

Claiming the ultimate prize

The Pro Men’s and Open Men’s #XperiaWinterWhip 2016 winner will be visiting Val Thorens Sensations which sits 2300m above sea-level, making it the highest ski resort in the French Alps. With the Club Med GOs available to guide them through the 3 Valleys ski domain they’ll  have a ski experience like no other.

Joining them will be the 2015 winners to participate in the ultimate Game of Snow. During their stay, they will enjoy the unlimited gourmet cuisine, cherished apres ski refreshments, and the luxury to ski from the door and reserve all their energy for the black runs! When the muscles are tired, they can be pampered in the resort’s Turkish bath or Carita Spa facility.

Last but not least, what they can expect is fun and daily entertainment that will have their pulses racing on the dance floor as much as they will on the powder.

If you would like to watch the Ultimate Game Of Snow, you can book your Val Thorens holiday right here. And if you think you might want to try your hand at your own Winter Whip, select the resort that’s just right for you here.

Check out the latest deals on ClubMed.co.za for great savings of up to 15% per person!

Enjoy your winter whipping Club Med Happy!