雪国

Having read the Japanese novel Snow Country as a student, I always pictured the colder regions of Japan as author Yasunari Kawabata depicted them - bleak, melancholy and desolate. In my many subsequent trips to the Japanese ski resort Niseko, I was pleased to have my expectations defied. Despite the occasional snowy day with zero visibility and the trepidation of skiing blind through blizzard-like conditions, there was many a day with azure skies, crystalline snow and visions of the majestic Mount Yotei. Enjoy the view.