For me, the first episode of a new Salomon TV series marks the start of the winter. There might not be much more than a promise of soon to be opened resorts here in Switzerland but this is where the countdown begins.

This episode features Oscar Taiola, a mountain guide and safety manager for the new Skyway Monte Bianco on the Italian side of Mont Blanc. He’s been working in this ares since 1971 and talks about his passion for the mountains and the change that the new Skyway brings.

And he looks like a real mountain man with his long hair and huge beard.

Of course there’s some high altitude skiing in amazing conditions.

Enjoy…