After the summer hiatus the temperature is dropping and we approach the important part of the year again. The Alpine Ski World Cup got under way at the weekend with Ted Ligety and Lara Gut taking the top spots in the Soelden GS, and yesterday marked 100 days until the Winter Olympics begin in Sochi.
Most of us will not have hit the slopes yet but there has been plenty of early snow across the Alps and people have already started ski touring. Ski clubs, athletes and instructors are up on the glaciers of France, Switzerland and Austria for pre-season training.
My winter season will start the first week of December in Tignes with a week of bumps training. After that I will be in Les 2 Alpes again for the rest of the season, except for three weeks of BASI courses in January. For the moment I am waiting in England, working night shifts and counting down the days.