We are back after a whirlwind tour of Japan. We enjoyed 5 days of ramen, rice, incredible people and epic powder. Sounds like an ideal combo, not to mention tons of frequent flyer miles!
This year's American 300 team was a dynamic group of Steamboat locals. Dave and Aimee Nagel, Rob Powers, Mike Lane and Nelson Carmichael all came together for the cause of bringing a little piece of America to military men, women and families living in Camp Zama, Japan.
Our brief visit included early morning training with the Military Police, a visit with the Ninja's and their Blackhawk helicopters, an insiders visit with the K9 unit, and finally an incredible ski day with MWR families and soldiers. We joined forces with Livestrong creating the first ever Japan Ski for Yellow Day.
Lucky for us Japan has been blessed with copious amounts of snow. (That's where it all is!)
A few earthquakes didn't dampen our anticipationt to share a day on the slopes. 45 Camp Zama friends and families made the 6 hour trek up to Mt. Tambara in the Nagano prefecture. A steady climb from Tokyo brought us into the gorgeous alps of Japan.
I hadn't skied in Japan since the 1998 Olympics and was excited to make some turns. Sadly, skiing off piste or in the trees is illegal in Japan. (All that powder just waiting to be had...What would Steamboat folks do?) Regardless, we relished in the chance to make some arcs on Japanese turf and share our snow passion with others.
A cold day on the slopes rounded out our incredible visit to Japan. Once again it was a unique, surreal experience and continues to remind me of just how fortunate we are.
Many thanks to all our men and women and their families who serve all over the world.
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