We booked a ski trip this week, through the outdoor recreation program on base, to the town of Nozawa Onsen in Nagano prefecture. This town is in the Japanese Alps region of Japan, and also where some of the 1998 Winter Olympics events were held. Eva is all smiles, despite the 3am wake up we had!
Okay…..the lift ticket looked like this, it does not attach to your jacket here. Every time you ride the lift, you have to get it out and show the lift operator. Well, wouldn’t you know it, I lost my lift ticket on the first run of the first day. We purchased a pass for 1.5 days, so I was just out!!! I was so distraught, we retraced our steps to this horrible black diamond we ended up on, but no sign of the pass.
I decided to check lost and found to make sure it had not been turned in, fully expecting the worst. And MIRACLE of ALL MIRACLES, it had been turned in!! They even matched up the numbers to Matt’s pass to make sure it was in fact mine. I was back in business! ( I am beginning to think we have 9 lives, a few years ago Matt’s wedding band was lost, found, returned and mailed back to Wyoming- from SEA WORLD!)
The girls enjoyed their lesson and did very well. Ella had taken lessons last year, but this was Eva’s first ski school. She did great! We lucked out with the beautiful day, it was snowing hard the day before we arrived.
Onsen, or hot springs (heated from Mt. Fuji), is a very popular activity in Japan. The normal etiquette is to shower and scrub off in a shower and then soak in the onsen naked. (Men and women in separate baths). This guide was in the hotel room. It’s kind of funny.
Fortunately, we found a family onsen in the town where you could all sit in the onsen together- with bathing suits on! We did this after skiing and it felt great! It was also an outside onsen, so the cold night air and the hot water were especially nice. This is from the above guide. Haha!
We’ll be back soon!