Fujiten ski trip

I took Friday off work and we made a small trip to Yamaguchiko to do some skiing. It was 14 degrees and raining cats and dogs on Friday morning when we took off for Yamaguchiko for our ski trip. We were wondering whether there would be any snow left on the mountain, since it was so warm and raining. However when we got there around 1pm on Friday, it turned out to be beautiful sun! The place we went to was called Fujiten and we knew quite a few friends who have been there before. We rented clothes and Evan rented skis and we went into the kiddie area, which had a moving sidewalk and a gentle slope. Lauren and Mummy went on the sleds and Evan and I worked on Evan’s skiing ability. The place was very empty, particularly for a Friday!

Evan learned so quickly and by the end of the day, he was able to do a slalom of a sort. His slowing down wasn’t so good, but his turning ability was pretty good! By the end of the day, he was pretty tired, but I felt he made great progress towards skiing!

We made our way to the ryokan that I arranged and were really impressed with the ryokan. Very new and very tidy. We went for an onsen before dinner and were nice and relaxed for the dinner.

The onsen had an open-air part where one could look over the entire Yamaguchi-ko. It was so beautiful!
The dinner was as expected, huge! Very big dinner. The kids didn’t eat much of their dinner, so Nicole and I had dinner for 2. The kids knocked off very quickly, but were up in the night and in general, quite restless.

The next morning we were up not so early and we checked out and made our way to the ski resort again. This time the ski resort was packed with people! The queues were huge and we had to wait a long time for things like the ski wear, ski equipment and tickets. On the way there we saw Akiyo waiting in line! We also met up with Marta and Olivier and then Margareth as well. All the kids were really keen to ski. This time we also got skis for Lauren and myself, and Evan got skis as usual. Evan was keen to try the harder hills and he fell quite a bit at the beginning, but by the end of the day he was doing so well. He rarely fell, and was able to actively slow-down and stop using snow-plow and sometimes by falling down. He’s so amazing. We skied with Lucas and Agetha. Agetha was really very good and was very co-ordinated.

Evan’s skiing improved so much just in the 1.5 days we went. He really enjoyed it and I took Lauren for a ski once, which she really enjoyed. She’s very good at balancing on the skiis, as well as going straight, but she can’t slow down and doesn’t know how to turn. But Evan did an excellent job! We also met Akiya and Makoto on the hills and once were able to ski with them. Akira and Mamoru were both very good skiiers!

In all, it was an excellent day. The kids did so well and they’re asking when they can go skiing again!

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