As I woke up at 6:00am to pick the first riders up from the airport, it was a bittersweet moment – sure this would be a fun-packed week of sightseeing, snowboarding and partying… but 6:00am? Come on….! And, of course, the usual dramas came up – two of the Australians (who else?) did not realize that maybe you need a visa to enter China and needed some serious bailing out. However, as we all eventually settled down for dinner at one of the best all-you-can-eat-and-drink establishments in town, after a few ‘ganbeis I remembered why we had all gathered here. To parrrrrrttyyyy. I mean.. an amazing snowboard competition.