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Anthony’s First Ski Experience
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Kindergarten Olympic Slalom Time Trials ready to hit the gates -- Hakodateyama Ski -- Takashima, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 340 mm — 1/400 sec, f/7.1, ISO 220 — map & image datanearby photos
Kindergarten Olympic Slalom Time Trials
ready to hit the gates

Anthony spent the weekend at a “ski camp” with the Kyoto YMCA. I put “ski camp” in quotes because over the course of the entire weekend they spent only two hours on skis.

The real point of the weekend, as it is with all YMCA events, is the overall experience that fosters “Caring · Honesty · Responsibility · Respect” (as per their logo). Still, getting on skis was certainly the highlight of the sleepover weekend. It was held at a small ski area an hour and a half north (Hakodateyama Ski Area), and I scooted up on Sunday morning to catch them during the actual ski time.

It was the first time for six-year-old Anthony.... and most of the kids.

Anticipation -- Hakodateyama Ski -- Takashima, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200 mm — 1/1600 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Anticipation
Final Instruction before his first run -- Hakodateyama Ski -- Takashima, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 180 mm — 1/1250 sec, f/4.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Final Instruction
before his first run
First Run: Like a Pro -- Hakodateyama Ski -- Takashima, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200 mm — 1/1600 sec, f/4.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
First Run: Like a Pro
Sportsmen and their Gear -- Hakodateyama Ski -- Takashima, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 320 mm — 1/800 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Sportsmen and their Gear
Second Run amid a few flying flakes of snow -- Hakodateyama Ski -- Takashima, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 220 mm — 1/1000 sec, f/4.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Second Run
amid a few flying flakes of snow
Hakodateyama Ski Area function x1140(show) { document.getElementById('b1140').style.visibility = show ? visible :hidden; } Anthony's group spent the entire time in this little area (mouseover to see) -- Takashima, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 @ 24 mm — 1/400 sec, f/14, ISO 220 — map & image datanearby photos
Hakodateyama Ski Area
Anthony's group spent the entire time in this little area (mouseover to see)
First Run With Poles -- Hakodateyama Ski -- Takashima, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 230 mm — 1/500 sec, f/8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
First Run With Poles
High-Speed Pass -- Hakodateyama Ski -- Takashima, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 130 mm — 1/1250 sec, f/4.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
High-Speed Pass
End of Run runs ended with an oomph into the arms of a YMCA “leader” volunteer -- Hakodateyama Ski -- Takashima, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 120 mm — 1/1250 sec, f/4.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
End of Run
runs ended with an oomph into the arms of a YMCA “leader” volunteer
Break Between Runs -- Hakodateyama Ski -- Takashima, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 340 mm — 1/2000 sec, f/4.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Break Between Runs
Group Photo-Op Before Heading Home ( the guy in the foreground is a “leader” YMCA volunteer taking a photo ) -- Hakodateyama Ski -- Takashima, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 130 mm — 1/2500 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Group Photo-Op
Before Heading Home
( the guy in the foreground is a “leader” YMCA volunteer taking a photo )
Heading Home -- Hakodateyama Ski -- Takashima, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 200 mm — 1/6400 sec, f/2.8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Heading Home
About to Descend the Mountain to busses waiting more than half a kilometer below -- Hakodateyama Ski -- Takashima, Shiga, Japan -- Copyright 2009 Jeffrey Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D700 + Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 @ 86 mm — 1/2000 sec, f/4, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
About to Descend the Mountain
to busses waiting more than half a kilometer below

Comments so far....

Just the age when I started skiing. Must have been a great experience for A.

— comment by Zachawry on February 10th, 2009 at 4:54pm JST (5 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Well, now my little nephew has more skiing experience then I do!

“Heading Home” is my favorite in this set.

— comment by Marcina on February 11th, 2009 at 7:04am JST (5 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink
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