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You close your front door and almost immediately fall flat on your face. You’re wearing a knitted jumper with a picture resembling ‘Bruiser’, the little-known reindeer who leads from the front while Rudolph is posing for the cameras. People keep asking you if John Lewis makes you cry.

It’s winter time. It's here. There's no going back now.

The downsides? The sun rises about 8.34am and seemingly sets about 15 minutes later. The falls are tougher. If you take your gloves off, your hands get frozen to the first thing you touch.

The upside? It snowed on the trails for the first time this winter, and man does it look glorious - or at least, it snowed at Glentress in Scotland, anyway. Here are just a selection of the awesome Instagram snaps from the trails in the past few weeks...

Chilly day at the top @scottie_mk4 #glentress #specializedbikes #kona #7stanes #dh #dirtyjump

A photo posted by Gareth Mclean (@geerexx) on

I'd heard a lot about how good Glentress was for mountain biking and it didn't disappoint. Amazing views of the Borders! #glentress #mountainbike #igersedinburgh #insta_scotland

A photo posted by Jonny Henderson (@j_g_henderson) on

Stunning late afternoon bike ride at #glentress on the boundary trail #winter #mountainbike #mountains #scotland #tweedlove #adventure #epic

A photo posted by Stephen Stanway (@steviesorefingers) on

First snow day #glentress #snow #sun #spooky

A photo posted by @drmmnd on

#warpspeed #onthehunt #snowy #glentress #7staines #slushymuck #mtblife #igersmtb #scotland #ig_scotland#instascotland

A photo posted by joshtelford (@joshtelford) on

#glentress #snow #sun

A photo posted by @drmmnd on

#snow #mountainbike #mtb #mtblife #turnerbikes #5spot @wideopennz #sunglow #woods #glentress #7staines #scotland #scotlandyoubeauty #ig_scot #ig_scotland #igersedinburgh#igersmtb#instascotland

A photo posted by joshtelford (@joshtelford) on

First time on the mountain bikes for ages today. The snow made the going slow, but it didn't make it bad....

A photo posted by David Purvis (@david.purvis) on

Winters officially here. Rad morning mucking about on the bike. #nobaddays #glentress

A photo posted by Oscar James (@oscarjames97) on

Glentress #cambercomp #cycling #bike #glentress #snow #specialized #fsr #camber #snow #scotland

A photo posted by John Severn (@brute_sev) on

Awesome day at Glentress yesterday - the sun setting into the snow was incredible. The riding even more so! #mtb #mountainbiking #scotland #7stanes

A photo posted by Ramsay MacFarlane (@macramsay) on

#glentress #igersedinburgh #insta_scotland

A photo posted by Jonny Henderson (@j_g_henderson) on

Beautiful morning down at glentress forest. First outing in the snow for a while.#mtb #downhill #glentress #spookywooddescent #scottishborders

A photo posted by Kev Weir (@weirk74) on

Top day at #Glentress sliding around in the snow. #MyCanyon

A photo posted by Chris Grenfell (@grenfell) on

Icy blast across bike valley today #scotland #tweedlove #glentress #adventure #winter A photo posted by Stephen Stanway (@steviesorefingers) on

#Glentress #mtb

A photo posted by simon baxendale (@sibax01) on

...and it looks like it's on it's way at Fort William too!

Winter has been creeping down the hills in #fortwilliam . Prime conditions as always! #hardtailhoofing #sleet #face @canyon_bikes @adidassporteyewear

A photo posted by Joe Barnes (@top_chief) on