It’s winter time again, which for me means more snowboarding!  I went to Neko-yama for my first snowboard trip this year with some friends a few weeks ago. I tried to go to Mt. Daisen a couple of weeks ago but it was closed because of strong winds!

When I moved to Japan I had space to bring either my snowboard or my golf clubs.  I chose the snowboard.

When I was about five years old my parents got me started skiing, and I skied for about eight years until I switched to snowboarding.  When I was about 11 I wanted to switch to snowboarding, but my mother thought snowboarders had a bad reputation, so she told me that it was illegal for me to snowboard before I turned 13. I foolishly believed her, so I waited until I was 13 to start snowboarding. I haven’t skied since.

To me, skiing was pretty easy to learn the basics, but it took a long time for me to become good at it. Snowboarding, however, took me a while to learn the basics of, but once I figured out how to turn I got better very quickly.

Me snowboarding a few years ago in California.

How about you? Do any of you have any experience skiing or snowboarding?

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