I’ve just come home from a three day Ski-ing trip to Hakuba, which gave me the chance to ski down some of the same runs used in the 1998 Nagano winter Olympics. After so many years off the snow, it was a thrilling and somewhat humbling experience to be on skis again.
The conditions were amazing (only iPhone snapshots this time). Hakuba is renowned for its great snow and it was thrilling to arrive in town and hear there had been 50cm+ of snow overnight at the base of the runs and even more on the top of the mountain. The snow continued to fall for the first two days of the trip, before the skies opened into glorious sunshine on the final morning.
As I’ve written about before, I used to love Ski-ing for the same reasons I loved golf, it is a sport you can enjoy socially and yet is largely a personal experience. Ski-ing is a deeply creative activity, the way you approach the mountain, the line you ski, the way you ski it and yet, it requires a degree of real discipline and mastery of technique.
It was an extraordinary end to an amazing year. In January I was sweltering in tropical heat in Singapore and by December I was enjoying a snowy winter wonderland in my new home country of Japan. It’s the nature of this time of year to reflect back on where we’ve been and be thankful for those who’ve helped us along the way.
I hope wherever you are and however you spend this time of year, it is filled with light, hope, peace and joy. Thank you for reading this blog and for all your support over the past year. 2014 is just around the corner and I hope you find it be a year full of creativity, adventure and fulfilment.