Skiing Day 12:Wednesday Jan 18.
Greg A says: We started believing we could do this thing (boarding), brought down to size in the first 10 mins, finally two days from the end beggared my knee. The company around me were most kind and full of advice. The hospital in Kuchan is very efficient and so I’m hoping on business class for the way home that my Mary is extremely jealous, tuff cookies baby, hope you enjoyed your last day.
Jon says: Great trip, snowed for two weeks, can’t ski anymore… unless there’s 40cm of fresh powder. Old blokes rule! Tod and Tory great company and they lasted the distance. Dave and Mick couldn’t hack 12 days skiing straight… softies! Full note is such a great location and Hirafu / Niseko is the best skiing worldwide. I do love Rusutsu and Moiwa powder. I am looking forward to being back with Sal and the girls. Thanks Cookie for allowing me to again be apart of this great cultural and skiing experience. I just hope I don’t get too old for this too soon!
Tory says: I could keep going, my legs only kicked in the second week. Rustusu was AWESOME – seeing Eddy blasting down under the lift behind Gregory – Proud mum moment!! The powder off the back in Moiwa today was mint, and the walk made me realise why. Thank you Cookie for organising this, and Thank you Toh-San for being such a spectacular host. Reality was never so sweet. xxx
Tod says: Wow, more powder than Scarface. Incredible skiing, over head powder (really), 2 weeks of untracked (really, really) even better company (really, really, really). I shouldn’t have tried to write this after the onsen (really). Fantastic job Cookie and Tohsan, See you 2013!!!
Ken says: After 4 years of Niseko powder this year without doubt was the best visibility year. That would explain why I saw Jon Pittard stealing other peoples lines down the hill. Why I very easily witnessed Neil Herron, do the jump, reverse, one legged, face plant landing. Also saw with great clarity that Tokyo Dave and Brother in law Mick’s heads are too big to fit through the fridge door at the same time. And on one very blue sky day saw the yellow and blue streak that was Quentin and the boy team getting first
tracks from the summit. Also had the visibility to avoid the Cod guts on the sushi train menu no Chaka Khan for Ken.
Mary A says: I’m getting very fussy, powder’s not deep enough , not enough trees, this hooded chairlift doesn’t go fast enough, too many Danish pastries to choose from, the water in the onsen was a bit too hot to night. I love this group of people they are so funny and kind. My husband can’t snowboard too old too slow too!!!!!!!!!! No way can he sit in business class with a “hurt knee” without me there too!!!!!!
Sophie says: Not much, but she has developed a great death stare!
Sarah says: This eventful trip has sadly come to an end and its quite depressing. This trip has been full of many things such as Mr Pittards ( aka P DOGS) poor leadership and constant bullying but also full of thigh deep powder which brings on many funny stacks. Highlight of the trip was the last day we had at the main mountain when the Churcher girls and I hiked up the steep peak. It was the perfect combination of blue sky, no wind, fresh tracks and a long clear run. It was something we had never experienced and won’t for a long time again and left us adrenaline full and huge grins on our faces. I’ll miss not just the epic snow but the thick toast at breakfast, the onsens after a long day of skiing and the treks after dinner to SeicoMart to get icecream and chocolate.
Helen says: I want more, more and more! Thanks Cookie and Neil for organising such a wonderful trip and thanks to the team for all those great tips, moral support and wonderful company on the magnificent Niseko
slopes. Looking forward to next year.
Cookie says: Another successful expedition. A positive life experience enjoyed by a community of happy skiers and snowboarders that looked out for each other and made the most of every opportunity. A powerful and meaningful experience enjoyed by our students. Character strengths developing and displayed in abundance. Our Japanese hosts Tohsan and Kahsan and their staff made us most welcome in their home. Thank you to the snow gods who provided endless amounts of fresh powder. We look forward to 2013.
Neil says: The powder! The onsens! The food! The people! The company! The environment! Even “Snake” Baker’s jokes, I will miss it all and can’t wait until I can do it all again. Farewell Japan until next year. Thanks everyone.
Craig T says: we have had the best powder snow since last year with good company.
Greg T says: Jon’s forcing me to write something.
Until next year, thanks all who made this year so great.