This morning I got a sign that winters here, it wasn’t a frosty chill in the air (it is worryingly mild at present), it wasn’t the dark morning (I was a wee bit late in getting up), it was the arrival of the Braemar & Cairngorm Mountain Sports winter catalogue (well that and Ulli sending the first ski race results of the season)! At is the time of year when my mind turns to thoughts of the white stuff and dreams of skiing. It is that time of year when I start to regularly look at the Cairngorm webcams (and cursing global warming). It’s time to work up my fitness and make sure I am fit to ski. It’s time to dig out my gear from whichever safe place it was put in at the end of last season, where ever that!