Category Archives: Snow
In September I got an email from Kathi at SCOTT Sports HQ in Fribourg, Switzerland stating that they’d like to fully sponsor my 2011 winter event series in Europe. At this point in time I had just arrived back in NZ after 6 months away and was planning on staying put (for a while at least!) I also didn’t have a winter event series, yet. So I created one and changed my plans on what I was going to do with my life, again.
It was quite surreal sitting in Wanaka, ducking out for bike rides and lake swims while alternating with sitting at a desk planning and event that revolved around snow. But Europe didn’t seem to be getting any snow. They were having more sunny days than we were in Wanaka for summer. I kept saying, as everyone else in Europe did, ‘It’ll come soon’.
It took 6 months of negotiating, locations being dropped and funding and logistic discussion, but eventually a contract came through from SCOTT. The next week my flights were booked, and I was Europe bound.
I arrived to Chamonix and it was immediately shorts and t-shirt weather. Bikes were being dusted off and trails were already dry and ready to ride. I didn’t really get into the groove of winter and the snow didn’t show up, even if it did, the ground would have been too warm and it would have melted straight away.
Lucky I wasn’t running a freeride camp requiring powder snow. A Spring touring mission was on the cards for us and that’s exactly what we got. There’s always snow up high, that’s where we went and SCOTT touring skis took us there.
Here is Charlie’s press release from the event “WOW press release”
I got this email from an inspiring woman, Tomoko Kazama, who I met last year in Niseko, Japan. She sorted out our motley crew, a gathering of friends from Scotland, NZ and Japan, with passes and contacts, to assist in our common craving for Japanese powder.
She wrote to encourage me, during my times of doubt, as to what on earth I was trying to achieve with Mission WOW.
“I personally think I would love to have people from all over the world and get united through the sports. So that we can communicate/share the culture and that is the way to bring happiness to everyone and want to have a theme of ‘no boundary’ between people/culture/religion/language and so on.
Have a simple and peaceful mind with exciting sports will do it!!!
Educate ourselves while having fun in nature is always the way to make people happy and we can appreciate the existence of ourselves living in such a wild planet.
Keep smiling and enjoy your program!!!!!
I now have the pleasure of knowing two Tomokos who have similar inspiring attitudes and energy, both having been in Japan last year but not actually meeting each other.
So I looked up what Tomoko means and Wikipedia came up with:
“Like many Japanese names, Tomoko can be written using different kanji characters and can mean:
- 友子 – “friendly child”
- 知子 – “knowing child”
- 智子 – “wise child”
- 朋子 – “friendly child”
- 皆子 – “beautiful girl”
They all ring true for the two Tomokos that I know. If these two are anything to go by, I’m looking forward to meeting more.
Maybe next year Mission WOW will land in Japan. With support from NZ and Japanese bases Tomokos, we’ll be sorted!