The Ski Club of South Africa was formed, in Cape Town, during the mid-1920’s. Skiing in South Africa first commenced, in the Hex River Mountains, on Fonteintjiesberg. Due to Fonteintjiesberg being declared a water catchment area for Worcester, The Ski Club subsequently re-located to Matroosberg during the late-1920’s. For many decades the only available accommodation was in a cave (below the position of the current Main Hut). A Base Hut was built in the 1930’s and the current Main Hut (… the main accommodation on Matroosberg) in the 1950’s. The current Peak Hut was built in the early 1990’s. Besides a separate Ski Equipment Hut, the Ski Club also has 2 permanently positioned, petrol-powered Ski Lifts (schlep-lift) plus 2 portable Ski Lifts (that can be moved to any part of the mountain, i.e. wherever the best snow might lie!).
All facilities on Matroosberg (huts, toilets, ski lift motors and pylons, etc) have been carried up the mountain on the Members’ backs (long before the existing 4×4 road was built), have been built by the Members, and are still constantly maintained by the Members. The Club could not exist without ongoing work being contributed by the Members.
The tradition continues … the only way to gain Membership of the Ski Club of South Africa is by you first attending 3 scheduled Work Parties! We look forward to welcoming you as a prospective Member of a very special Club.
Rules And Regulations:
1. Membership Identification – You must, whilst on Matroosberg, carry your Ski Club Membership Card with you at all times. Your vehicle must also display a Ski Club window sticker.
2. Duty Officer – Please do contact the nominated Durty Officer for any necessary information/assistance (i.e. snow conditions, offering or requiring transport, permission for guests, etc).
3. Guests/Visitors – (i) Please contact the nominated Duty Officer for that weekend for clearance/permission before inviting any Guests/Visitors to Matroosberg during the winter skiing season. NB: This applies to invited Day Visitors as well as to those requiring overnight accommodation. (ii) If you do obtain Duty Officer permission to bring Guests/Visitors to Matroosberg then YOU are responsible for obtaining the stipulated Visitor’s Fees from them … and for paying these fees to the nominated Duty Officer for that weekend.
4. Base Hut Accommodation – (i) If you do intend spending a skiing weekend night in the Base Hut then please do advise the nominated Duty Officer for that weekend … by the previous Tuesday midday at the latest … (he/she will need to reserve availability of the Base Hut with the owners of Erfdeel Farm). (ii) In the event of very bad weather suddenly blowing in (at the last moment), on a Friday, then emergency accommodation has been made available in the ‘Reading Room’ on Erfdeel Farm.
5. Top Hut Accommodation – Please enter your name in the Top Hut Register (which is now kept at the Smith’s homestead on Erfdeel Farm). If the Register list is full then the probability is that you will have to sleep elsewhere! In the event of overcrowding then only those who have ‘signed-in’ at Erfdeel Farm will be guaranteed a Top Hut sleeping place.
6. Late Arrival – Please note that you may NOT register at the Smith’s homestead on Erfdeel Farm after 10.00 p.m. at night.
7. Top Hut Sleeping Spaces – Immediately you arrive at the Top Hut, book your sleeping space by unrolling your sleeping bag into that space … and then sign your Name and Bunk Number into the Top Hut Visitors’ Book (this will save a lot of argument later!).
8. Rubbish – You are personally responsible for carrying ALL your rubbish/litter back down the mountain (for disposal at home). No paper. plastic, cans, bottles, etc are to be left in any of the Huts, or disposed of on the mountain. NB: You are responsible for ensuring that your invited Guests also adhere to this ruling!