One skier on her first day on the piste did not even make it as far as the ski lift.
On a day of new snow, you can powder-ski on the piste .
We're talking one chair lift, a few drag lifts, a bare piste or three with attendant facilities and equipment hire from The Stone Age.
The first snow on the gravel piste caused some of the bikers to turn the same colour.
The group were obviously delighted when they arrived at their destination, Ruka and saw several feet of snow on the piste .
We came here last year for Christmas and you couldn't find a piste to ski there were so many people.
These are confident skis that can take advanced skiers who rarely leave the piste to places they've never seen.
If Federer tried his luck on the piste tomorrow he would probably melt the snow.
Here you'll find excellent cross-country and downhill skiing facilities on wonderfully uncrowded pistes .
Not so long ago, I took a cable-car from Cervinia to Plan Maison and spent the day with the baby while the rest of my family skied the prepared pistes .