The Albion players are being put through their paces in Austria as they step up preparations for their second season in the Premier League.

Chris Hughton has taken his squad to Schruns, another Alpine headquarters 130 miles further west of Leogang where they were based last summer.

Temperatures were a lot cooler this morning for their second day of training.

The Argus: The camp, organised once again by ex-Albion defender Gary Hobson, continues until Saturday when the Seagulls cross the border into Switzerland for their opening friendly against St Gallen (2pm).

Schruns is a tiny market town with a population of just under 4,000, about a quarter of the size of Rottingdean.

Between 1963 and 1983 it was the venue for the Gold Keys race in the Alpine Skiing World Cup.

In the warm, snow-free months it turns into a haven for cyclists, walkers - and football clubs and countries seeking sanctuary in the build-up to the new season or major competitions.

Spain used Schruns prior to the 2016 Euro finals in France. It is also where Peru set up camp before the World Cup in Russia.

The most renowned non-footballing guest to grace Schruns was the American writer Ernest Hemingway. His long-term visit in the 1920's was reflected in a number of his novels.

Schruns is derived from the Latin term "Aceronis", which means by the maples.

Albion are hoping the trip is a forerunner to another sweet season among English football's elite.