Nick and I love skiing…in college, we would go to Colorado together on our winter breaks. Naturally, once we were married and out of college, our Christmas break was spent dividing our time between our two families. Therefore, we hadn’t been in over 4 years. When we found out that the snow-covered mountains were so close to where we live, we jumped at the opportunity to go skiing the “Japanese-way”!
Of course, my husband had to get out and take some photos of the beautiful scenery! We surely didn't get snow in Florida!
Hakuba, a city in the Nagano prefecture of Japan, is only about a 5 hour drive from where we live. Nick and I loaded up the car with our snow gear, packing the snow-chains just in case, and headed up the mountains to see just how different skiing in Japan was!
Each of the rooms were named after Shakespeare character's....ours was Julius Caesar!
Nick would rather snow board than ski, so for this trip, I decided to attempt to learn to board as well. Now, I have never boarded (ski or otherwise) and therefore was a little nervous…it’s way different from skiing, but I wanted to try it since Nick loved it so much!
Skiing in Japan really isn’t that dissimilar than skiing in the States, except for the fact that we were the ONLY Americans there! Of course there were lots and lots of Japanese people in Hakuba, but ironically there were also lots of Aussies as well! Since Australia is so close to Japan, and since apparently Australia doesn’t have decent snow, the Aussies come to Japan to ski. Several of the establishments in Hakuba are owned and run by Aussies. It was refreshing to be able to speak English (or should I say, to speak English and be understood) and to hear English be spoken…even if it was in a completely different accent!
Day 2 of boarding, we went to a different part of the mountains...Goryu!
The last day of snow boarding we went to Hakuba Happo. Happo is the location where some of the events of the 1998 Winter Olympics were held!
Due to my nerves and need to relax...Nick and I would share a cigar and a coke (with a bit of whisky mixed in) before getting on the lift and boarding down the mountain! I needed the help of Jack to calm me down! Boarding was not easy for this girl....I think I'll stick to skiing next time!