I started with 5 'snowflakes', my interpretation of the Whistler/Blackcomb symbol and the three copper beads to represent three nights spent at the resort. I then filled in the background of that area with the random beading in the yellow, gold and orange beads. I wanted the snowflakes and resort icon to be subtle.
Since I don't plan these bead pieces, the rest just evolved section by section as I played with adding various rows, spirals, etc.
Finally, here are the first three month's pieces shown together. You can begin to see the spiral developing.