Get­ting fresh

Action Asia - - COMMENT - Steve White Ed­i­tor-in-chief Email: stevew@bluinc­me­dia.com Twit­ter: @Ac­tionasia­mag

WEL­COME TO OUR LAST IS­SUE OF 2017, ONE THAT CEL­E­BRATES the joys of win­ter. I write this on a glo­ri­ous au­tumn day in Hong Kong, the sun bright and the air fresher than it’s been for months. The cloy­ing heat of sum­mer is for­got­ten and friends are plan­ning to re­dis­cover favourite hikes and get some train­ing in for the busy run­ning sea­son to come. Such is the crush of trail events in Hong Kong th­ese days, there are mul­ti­ple races some week­ends and the sea­son stretches from Oc­to­ber through to May, when the heat starts to build again. Away from the run­ning scene, win­ter brings a pil­grim­mage to the north, one that is swelled ev­ery year by in­creas­ing num­bers of lo­cals get­ting into the snow scene – for more on that look at the sup­ple­ment we have pro­duced with The North Face – that ac­com­pa­nies this is­sue. Although win­ter is gen­er­ally as­so­ci­ated with the end of things, clean­ing the slate for the re­newal of spring, for the snow-ob­sessed, ev­ery win­ter day brings a re­birth of sorts. Ev­ery morn­ing you rise and check out­side. A healthy dump of fresh snow is the best re­sult, but you also want those crys­talline, blue­bird days ev­ery so of­ten to get up high on the moun­tain and en­joy the views. Ex­cited, you gear up and head on out to ex­plore a world re­newed. Think­ing about this, I can al­most feel the sen­sa­tion in my back leg as I push my board into a turn in deep pow­der, a shift­ing pres­sure un­der me that is ut­terly dif­fer­ent and so much more sat­is­fy­ing than the re­sponse felt on groomed piste. It’s in­tox­i­cat­ing stuff. And I for one can’t wait. Happy hol­i­days all and see you in 2018.

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