GGB's Snowboarding and Christmas Weekend

There’s nothing like winter in Japan. Christmas lights, shopping, snowboarding, and hot Sake.

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas to all Smash players and Japan aficionados alike. GGB had a great holiday weekend starting off with snowboarding at Koumi Re-ex Ski Valley (小海リエックス・スキーバレー) on December 23rd and ending with an all night Christmas party from the 24th to Christmas morning hosted by GGB Mr BC.

When it comes to snowboarding in Japan, the winter season can be pretty unpredictable. In 2017, we went as early as December 18th and had pretty good conditions (snow, weather, coldness). This year, we weren’t so lucky at Koumi. There were only two runs open, the snow was artificial (but not too icy luckily), and the weather went from cloudy to rainy. On the plus side, it was just a 3 hour bus ride and only cost 5400 yen (an extra 2000 if you needed rental equipment). As a first run of the season, it did its job of getting our snowboarding legs back, but not much else. Luckily, what Koumi lacked in snow and good weather it made up for with plentiful beer vending machines.

(For more pictures of the trip and of Japan in general, check out Dajare’s Instagram post.
For more indepth reviews about snowboarding in Japan and about specific Ski Resorts in Japan, check out our friend Simon’s blogs about that topic: 4corners7seas)

The next day starting at 8pm, the whole GGB crew met up again at Mr BC’s spacious abode to spread Christmas cheer… which mostly translated to us drinking beer, eating pizza and other snacks, giving each other gifts, and playing Smash Ultimate. Oh, and two 1000mL bottles of good ol’ reliable St. Charles Mulled Wine. Mr BC won Bursss’s quiz game (with chroMa coming in a tight second) and Bursss won our friend T’s Smash Ultimate competition. Merriment was had, movies were watched, and hangovers were made.

GGB wishing everyone a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and reminding you to check back in about a week when we’ll post another blog featuring our upcoming multi-day snowboarding trip to Hakuba!

GGB’s lovely but chilly December Hike!!

GGB’s Mr BC sets off for a nice lil’ hike near Tokyo. Of course to Takao lal笑 but starting at Mount Jinba…slightly further away from the standard Takao

Started off at the base of Mount Jinba at 9.15 am. About 1 hour to the summit. From Jinba’s summit, we walked to Takao, traversing Mount Kagenobuyama on the way. It was a nice, slow chuhike (chuhai + hike), and we reached Takao as the sun was setting. Perfect Mount Fuji views. Was legit.

Overall, not a bad hike and not too easy. The paths are super well laid out, so it’s easy to navigate, and the end result is about 23k hiked, and 2,300 calories less. Defo worth it ;)

Hit us up if you want more details on hikes around Japan! GGB loves to hike woo!

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Hiking in Yamanashi with GGB

Hiking in Yamanashi with GGB

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