ICE, ICE, BABY!
… It’s that time of year again! When the world turns bitter cold and snowy white, the only thing you want to do is curl up in a blanket and stay inside … OR DO YOU? …
We’re going to embrace Mother Nature and seize the wondrous season that’s upon us!
It may be cold, it may be wet, but there is heaps of fun and hardcore thrills in winter adventures!
Mark and I have been all across some of the most desirable snowboarding destinations in North America such as Whistler, Lake Louise, Lake Tahoe, Mt. Saint Anne, Breckenridge, and Vail.
However amazing they are, we decided to go for a more “exotic” snowboarding experience … overseas … in Japan …
Anyone who has ever been to Japan can attest, it’s addictive! Although we’d been to Japan many times, this trip was going to be different … It’s going to be adrenaline pumping!
We’ll stay in Tokyo DISNEYLAND, catch up with our local friends in TOKYO, experience the Snow Festival in SOPPORO, hit the slopes in HOKKAIDO, then fly over to SOUTH KOREA and explore it for a week!
Of all the remarkable rides we’ve had thus far, HOKKAIDO was hands down the most unforgettable!
It was beyond the top tier accommodations and service, far more than the challenging hills and jaw-dropping scenery. It was an adventure through and through – from getting there and back, from the fusion of local Japanese culture with an influx of visitors from Australia & New Zealand, to the exotic array of local cuisine!
A PERFECT TRIP
It is snowboarding AND traveling all-rolled-into-one! A perfect package!
For instance …
. . . Where can you grab a bowl of piping hot ramen at the top of a 1000m hill after a long morning of riding? . . .
. . .Where can you enjoy fresh sushi and a green tea latte after a blissful afternoon of riding in the outback? . . .
. . . Or find unique treats to keep you fueled? . . .
THE POINT OF NO RETURN
A defining point of our trip was when we reached the back side of the mountains. Today, it was snowing so much, that EVERYTHING was completely COVERED. All you could see in front of you is WHITE. We could hardly see 10 feet ahead of us!
But we managed to reach the top of the peak for the prohibited back country. There were warning signs everywhere!
Signs on what to do in case of avalanches! With illustrations!
Signs that read: “enter at your own risk”.
Signs with a checklist to prepare IF you decide to “enter at your own risk”.
We looked down … And saw nothing but sheer whiteness. Not a single person or tree or building in sight. We could hardly even see where the ground and the sky separated! A pure blank white hole!
ME: Do we have a mobile?
ME: Do we have a map?
ME: Can we see where we are going?
ME: LET’S DO THIS !!!
MARK: … Okay!!!
And just like that, we took a leap of faith, literally, and plunged downhill in full speed into an abyss of stark whiteness, with only the confidence that if anything happened, we trusted ourselves enough to survive whatever was about to happen next! We were going in BLIND!
Snowboarding is thrilling, but snowboarding BLIND in a restricted unmonitored area is purely INSANE!!!
Did we get lost?
But of course! For about an hour and a half…
We just followed our instincts.
The only way you can go is down!
And once you get to the bottom, there will be roads …
And hopefully, and eventually, people …
And somehow, we didn’t get hurt …
And, somehow, we found our way back …
And, THEN, we went back up and did it AGAIN!!!
This time, from the OPPOSITE side of the mountain! Because what fun is there in going down on a route that you’ve already taken and know where it leads? … where is the adventure in that?!?!
… Try something that completely SCARES you – for it will leave you feeling more ALIVE! …