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Dec 10

Board in the Snow

I just returned from a fun time with the family in Niseko, Japan, for some serious snow sports.  Fortunately, we arrived just as the snow started to fall because I heard hardly anyone got to ski much earlier this month in December.  Actually, this is really rare for Niseko because it is supposed to historically get tons of snow by this time.  Weird.  Something must really be going on with our planet because both North America and Europe have already received large amounts of powder, which is very unusual.  Even though the ski resort did have snow everywhere you looked, it just didn’t have enough at the beginning of our trip to open up many of the runs.

To get the kids warmed up to the idea of chilling out in the snow, we got them all prepped on a plastic sled to the night before their first day of ski lessons…

…and this was already enough to put smiles on their little faces.

Luckily for us, the entire place just started to dump snow on the night of our arrival…

…and before you knew it, some of the lifts were opening up for operation even though visibility wasn’t great from the wind and snowfall.

Li Lin really enjoyed getting back on skis, especially in these fresh powder conditions…

…but I will always stick to my trusty old snowboard.  In fact, I used to snowboard a lot when I was a lot younger.  And during one of my excursions to the snowboard park, I completely shattered my wrist and had to get it surgically repaired.  After the operation, I had these three huge nails protruding out of my wrist to keep the area immobilized.  It was seriously one hairy situation…and not something I hope to revisit ever again.

Of course, I believe that riding a snowboard is like riding a bike.  Once you’ve got the fundamentals down, then it isn’t too difficult.  However, I let my confidence get the best of me when I attempted to videotape our friend coming down a run here…

Fortunately, nothing happened to me on that fall although I did mess up my shoulder on an earlier fall that trip.  I don’t enjoy falling and getting hurt as much as the next guy (or gal).  But then again…if you ain’t falling, you definitely ain’t getting any better.  So that’s my excuse for pretty much wiping out everywhere down that mountain after not having boarded for over six or seven years.

Regardless, it was still too much fun and I hope to get back up to the snow before it all melts away this season.  But before that, I’ll settle with my shoulder healing so I can lift my arm up past my waist!

Have a Merry Christmas!topodin.com

Reader Comments

Seem those kid having fun there…

Written By Michael Ch'ng Kean Huat on January 7th, 2011 @ 10:53 am