Anyone who likes winter sports will be aware that safety is an important part of any skiing or snowboarding trip, whether it is in the UK or abroad.
With this in mind, the Ski Club of Great Britain has brought back its autumn programme of talks and classes to help both novices and those who are a little more advanced to enjoy the snow but also stay safe.
The organisation has teamed up once more with Henry's Avalanche Talks (HAT) to put on a series of tutorials at various venues up and down the UK that are aimed at answering some of the most commonly asked questions about skiing.
There will also be discussions about avalanches and how to check whether a particular location is safe before embarking upon a winter sports trip there.
Included in the talks is the conundrum of why some slopes can be skiied on safely for months and then suddenly slip - and how one of these slopes can be spotted.
For Ski Club members, the evening talks cost £7, while for non-members they are priced at £8. They all take place during autumn evenings and the dates and venues can be checked via the Ski Club website.
Meanwhile, those who are really serious about winter sports can go on a HAT Academy course in mid-October in Wimbledon, which is priced at £250, or £199 for Ski Club members.
British ski champion Chemmy Alcott once recommended in an article for the Guardian that anyone going on a ski holiday should have their own ski wear
, as rentals can be low quality and will not provide the benefits of a 'wearing-in' period.
He also suggested doing a little training before going on such a break, as it should prevent muscles getting pulled on the piste. Cycling is a great way to do this as it works the cardiovascular system and also builds strength in the legs.