As I flew over the Andes Mountains en route to Brazil recently, I caught a glimpse of the snow-capped peaks outside, framed by the small Boeing windows. My mind immediately drifted outside and into the fresh winter air, where I found myself snowboarding (with perfect technique of course) down the snow-laden gaps in the sharp, rugged terrain.

While I’m not a snow boarder per se – I have ridden a snowboard at Lake Tahoe in California for three days – the learning curve to go from beginner to competent is both steep and not without its perils. Ice is hard and way less forgiving than water, but at least you can stand-fall-repeat on a continuous cycle until you get it. The battering and bruising is a small price to pay to get up and running in a couple of days, if not hours if you’re a quick learner… 

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