I had my first skiing experience at Gourette with the Universite de Pau during the winter of January 1978. I wore fluorescent orange over pants and leather ski boots!! I was 21, but determined to crack this skiing opportunity. 36 years later I ski off piste in the Alps and have skied in the USA, many thanks to those early days when I enjoyed the Pyrenees and the Pic du Midi D'Ossau. Great times and great memories.