If, in Feb 2001 you'd asked me, “Where do you see yourself in 5 years' time?”, I can guarantee you my answer would NOT have been “Snowboarding in the Austrian Alps”.

In short though, I'm having a wicked time, my muscles hurt like hell (and I thought kickboxing was a tough workout!), but it's going really well so far – I did 3 blue runs today! Black runs are stilI a few days off yet though…

The only thing I'm having real trouble with is why so many Americans have difficulty telling the difference between Austria & Australia. There's not a kangaroo in sight over here!!