The Australia Society's Annual Ski Weekend by Michael Marlay

01 Mar 2010 8:19 PM | Deleted user


The Australia Society's Annual Ski Weekend by Michael Marlay

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The Australia Society's Annual Ski Weekend was held over a wonderful sunny weekend in February, providing a great escape from the daily grind of Tokyo for those that attended. With the Phoenix Hotel as our host, Australia Society members travelled to the mount village of Hakuba, just outside of Nagano, and home to the Winter Olympics in 1998.

Families and friends enjoyed near spring ski conditions during, many skiing for the first time and making use of the excellent English ski instruction available through Evergreen and a number of other tour operators. By the afternoon on Saturday, most were up skiing and exploring some of the 200+ ski runs available.

After returning to the comfort of the Phoenix, most enjoyed a relaxing Japanese bath with views onto the snow cover wilderness. While the children were taken care of at a special early dinner seating, most adults gathered in the bar to start drinking their way through the hotel's excellent Aussie inspired wine list. Once the kids were tucked in, the adults tucked into a outstanding meal prepared by Chef Michael Newby, enjoying the evening until the wee hours. Those not too heavy headed, managed to make in back for more lessons and more skiing on the Sunday, while some, including the Pres decided a leisurely breakfast and plenty of coffee were in order.                                      

We do it all again next year, bigger and better than ever!



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