Though one never knows what the weather will be like in a few days, it was at least winter for us today. We skinned up to the Col de Marlene to find 45cm of fresh snow. It was a really fine walk into winter. Arriving at the top with a freshening SW wind, it truely felt cold and winter. And what a joy those first turns were. I asked myself how these skis were going to turn in the deep new snow. But as I glided away letting speed take hold, the Coombas knew, plunged down, arced left, then right, and layed down the first tracks of the new season.