2013 was a fantastic year with many blessings and we're always grateful for this Christmas/New Year's holiday in Niseko. It's now Day 12 and we're taking a New Year's rest day. Skiing and snowboarding here in this winter wonderland is full of adventure, thrills and laughter, both on and off the slopes.
Our motley crew of 32 SWAT members gathered on the 27th for the annual White Elephant Gift Exchange. We ended up with unique gifts that we wore on the 28th to lunch at Hanazono. Next year's new rule will be: You have to Bedazzle your wearable gift.
As MC, Russ entertained the crowd. I won the raccoon hat while Kathryn, in the background, won a Hawaiian mumu dress with red bells sewn on.
Russ' new hips are great - he was able to land this cool jump through the trees the other day. The powder snow glides like silk underneath the board and skis.
The focal point on the mountain on a clear day is Mt. Yotei in the foreground. It's just as majestic as ever and we've been able to view it on several occasions.
Today is the first day of the New Year. We look forward to another fantastically blessed year to share memories with our families and friends. May this year be filled with laughter and joy for all of you!