I hate winter! Life just seems to move slower during winter. It feels like it takes me twice as long to do anything and I’m less productive than I normally am. Every morning when I wake up, I sit at the edge of my bed in front of my halogen heater warming my legs. I sit there for a good 10 minutes before I even move to get ready for work. However, the only thing I look forward to in Winter is Snowboarding!!
I started snowboarding in college so let’s see, way back in the winter of 98? Wow, it’s almost 10 years yet I’m still not that great at it. To be fair, I only did snowboard once or twice a year and some years in between up until now, I didn’t even snowboard at all. Last year due to my injured knee, I only got to snowboard once at the end of the season. The snow wasn’t that great actually. The year before that, I snowboarded twice. Once in Hokkaido, which I have to say was the best snow I’ve snowboarded in my entire snowboarding career.
This year, I decided to go all out. Whenever I have time, I want to go snowboarding. Snowboarding does cost money with the gear rentals and lift passes but I rationalized to myself saying that this could potentially be my last year where I can go anywhere in Japan to snowboard on a whim. I was so excited because there were SO many ski resorts in Japan. Being ever so lucky, this is also the year that winter decided to be warmer than the previous winters. Not that I feel any different in my house, it’s still cold! Nevertheless, warmer winter only means one thing, less snow and more snow melting. Oh wait, that’s two things haha! This is bad business for ski resorts and bad news for snowboarders like me. In fact, there is not enough snowfall in certain areas that ski resorts have to close down or you can see brown spots all over the mountain. Why is who ever up there playing such a cruel joke on me?!! WHY oh WHY??!! =)
So far I’ve snowboarded in two locations and a total of 4 days of snowboarding. First days were all pretty “Crappy!” No new snow and the snow on the ground had turned somewhat icy. Icy is bad because when you fall it hurts REALLY bad! Second days were better because fresh snow had fallen but I still don’t think the snow was enough. The second location on the first day didn’t have much ski/snowboard runs. It was pretty much two courses each taking only about 5 minutes to do if you don’t fall. It got boring quick so I finally decided to try the ski jumps. It took me awhile to work up the balls to do it. First time, landed hard on my ass, second time, landed on my back, third time’s the CHARM!. It wasn’t pretty but I was able to fly out and land without falling! Yeah for me!! Once I got the first landing, I wanted to try it even more. I decided to go into the jumps faster and with more speed. That equals more air and flight time but I couldn’t land any of those. I still need to work on it! One of my friends who tried it wasn’t so lucky. Her first jump, she landed on her back and let’s just say her snowboarding season is over. I felt really bad because I invited her on the trip and I should have warned her not to do it…..sorry S.!
Nevertheless, snowboarding is not without its dangers. But as I kept saying to myself while I tried the jumps, “No Pain, No Gain!” Crossing my fingers and knock on wood! I still have one more place left to snowboard this year. It’ll cost more but hopefully it’ll have good soft powder snow and nice long runs. I want to get really good like some of my friends who I snowboarded with. I have an Australian friend who did a season in Austria, his Australian mate who did a season in Aspen, Colorado, a New Zealander friend who did a season in Keystones, somewhere in the states, and an English friend that did a season in France. Why didn’t I think of that when I was in college?! I don’t think I would have mind sacrificing one year of my winter break! Too late now………I’m itching to buy my own board though….but that cost $$ and it’s going to be a bi*ch to carry around if I leave Japan! What to do, what to do??