Niseko, Japan – meeting old friends


Sometimes things happen for a reason. This morning we loaded up and headed for the gondola, with the snow pumping down. I got delayed slightly, and while rushing to the lift (no cues) I headed up the hill. At the entrance to the resort a lone figure grabbed my shoulder and said, “look out mate, you look like a trouble maker.” It was an old firey mate of mine who I hadn’t seen for many years.

Power boarding Japan

A great day on the snow, poor visibility, but stacks of powder to be had. Now, phase 2 begins again- cards, beer, spirits, and after that, phase 3 – tuning the skis and boards with a drink or 2. The next daily stage being dinner and the nightlife. Peter ‘Horto’ Horton, a dedicated surfer, Buddhist, and champion bloke, has been boarding Niseko long before the Aussies invasion. We only live 100km’s from each other, yet we bump into each other in a different country.

Meeting up with Horto tonight, lots of stories to be told between my mates and I, all of which will be appropriately embellished..

Darin Sullivan

Feb 2012

About Darin Sullivan (1980 Articles)
Former President of the Fire Brigade Employees’ Union (2009-2018) and a professional firefighter with more than 30 years experience. I live and work on the NSW South Coast, Australia. I am a strong advocate for firefighters and emergency service workers with an interest in mental health issues and caring for those around me. I am a former Director on the NSW Fire Brigades Death and Disability Super Fund and work with charities including ‘The Movember Foundation’. As a leader and activist I have long been active in the campaign for action on climate change. I am a Station Commander in the fire and rescue service in NSW and have 30 years experience fighting fires, both rural and urban. I am passionate about highlighting the impact climate change is having on fire preparedness and fire behaviour in Australia, and the risks associated with inaction on climate change. I am also a spokesperson for the Australian Climate Media Centre.
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