WELCOME TO OUR LAST ISSUE OF 2017, ONE THAT CELEBRATES the joys of winter. I write this on a glorious autumn day in Hong Kong, the sun bright and the air fresher than it’s been for months. The cloying heat of summer is forgotten and friends are planning to rediscover favourite hikes and get some training in for the busy running season to come. Such is the crush of trail events in Hong Kong these days, there are multiple races some weekends and the season stretches from October through to May, when the heat starts to build again. Away from the running scene, winter brings a pilgrimmage to the north, one that is swelled every year by increasing numbers of locals getting into the snow scene – for more on that look at the supplement we have produced with The North Face – that accompanies this issue. Although winter is generally associated with the end of things, cleaning the slate for the renewal of spring, for the snow-obsessed, every winter day brings a rebirth of sorts. Every morning you rise and check outside. A healthy dump of fresh snow is the best result, but you also want those crystalline, bluebird days every so often to get up high on the mountain and enjoy the views. Excited, you gear up and head on out to explore a world renewed. Thinking about this, I can almost feel the sensation in my back leg as I push my board into a turn in deep powder, a shifting pressure under me that is utterly different and so much more satisfying than the response felt on groomed piste. It’s intoxicating stuff. And I for one can’t wait. Happy holidays all and see you in 2018.