With the days now shorter than the nights and memories of a soggy summer fading, winter sports enthusiasts in Cumbria are getting ready for the arrival of snow on the mountains in the months ahead.
The Lake District Ski Club (LDSC) has revealed it is planning a work meeting on the weekend of October 1st and 2nd to carry out a vital task at its mountain hut on the slopes of Raise, near Helvellyn - establishing what it believes to be the highest flushing toilet in England.
October 1st is also the date for members to renew their subscriptions and it could be a good time for skiers all over the UK to consider investing in some new skiwear ahead of the next season.
The LDSC is based on Raise because meteorological studies have shown the fell holds snow more persistently than anywhere else in the national park.
Its facilities include a ski tow on the side of the mountain.