Catching the chair up over Happo-one valley in Hakuba yesterday I watched the familiar sight of beginner snowboarders making their falling leaves and smiled to myself, grateful that those days were behind me.

One of them was getting the hang of it, starting to link turns and gain confidence. And just as he thought he had it “whack” went his helmeted head back as he caught an edge.  Ahh the old snowboard sniper!

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