Asia Feature

Adobe Japan Hakuba Snow Trip

February 26, 2013

Adobe employees work hard and play hard. For the past three winters, the thrill of sport and the search for fresh powder brings together a cosmopolitan group of Adobe Japan employees from various departments and every skill level. In late January, 22 Adobe employees boarded the bullet train from Tokyo to Hakuba, Nagano, a popular ski resort village in the northern Alps of Japan and host of the 1998 Winter Olympics.

With optimal weather conditions, the beginners on our team stuck with the bunny hills while the more advanced skiers/snowboarders took regular rotations on the gondola, a swift ride that brought them to the top of the mountain. The team hit the slopes hard for two days before returning to bustling city life.

Second time snowboarder and Japan & Asia Pacific Facilities Manager Rob K. had never been to Nagano before and was a bit nostalgic thinking about watching the Nagano Winter Olympic Games in 1998. “To be there in person, especially when the mountains, trees, roads, and houses were blanketed with falling snow, was quite a thrill,” he said. “It didn’t matter that I wasn’t the greatest snowboarder, I spent some quality time with my coworkers enjoying one of Japan’s many treasures. I’m fortunate to be in an organization where employees genuinely enjoy being with one another, both in and out of the office. It was quite the weekend and I have the muscle aches to prove it!”

Senior Talent Partner and event organiser Timothy Y. was thrilled with the overwhelming turnout this year. “The ski trip allows people to relax and get to know others within the company that they may not have much contact with on a day-to-day basis. The majority of the participants felt that the friendships made were the most enjoyable aspect of the trip,” Tim commented.

Until we meet again next year, Hakuba. Thank you for your hospitality!

Blog post contributed by Timothy Y.