Travel Snow forecast is looking good for Sochi

The number of Brits planning to go to Sochi in Russia for the Winter Olympics in three weeks' time will be minimal. Apart from the usual Russian visa requirements, flights are limited, a special "spectator pass" is required in a bid to combat security threats and prices for accommodation and the top events are very expensive.

Skiing: Bosher in talent show

FOUL WEATHER continued to hamper the second day of training at the 1999 British Land National Championships, which start today in the French resort of Tignes. However, despite the appalling conditions which forced the cancellation of the second run, the skiers remained focused, with the surprise of the day coming from the 15-year-old Danielle Bosher.

Skiing: Scot gets off to flying start

THE DEFENDING men's downhill champion, Andrew Freshwater, produced an outstanding performance in yesterday's start to the 1999 British Land National Ski Championships in Tignes, France.

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Skiing: Holzer turns tables on Austrians

THE ITALIAN Patrick Holzer rallied from sixth place after the first run to win his first World Cup race in seven years and upset the dominant Austrians with victory in a giant slalom in Kranjska Gora, Yugoslavia, yesterday.

Skiing: Maier still the one to beat

HERMANN MAIER is determined not to lose his appetite for Alpine skiing when the men's World Cup circuit resumes this week.

Skiing: Austrians sweep to world record

HERMANN MAIER followed in the tracks of his hero, Franz Klammer, leading a record Austrian sweep of the top nine places in a World Cup super-G in front of 20,000 fans yesterday.

Skiing: Swiss miss is finally a hit

SWISS FANS were finally able to jangle their cow bells in celebration when Karin Roten won a World Cup slalom yesterday and ended two years of disappointment for her country.

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Skiing: Gerg wins her first World Cup downhill

THE OLYMPIC slalom champion, Hilde Gerg of Germany, tamed a treacherous course to claim the first World Cup downhill win of her career in Veysonnaz, Switzerland, yesterday.

SKIING: Kjus cruises to another success

LASSE KJUS of Norway won the second World Cup downhill of the season in Val Gardena, Italy, yesterday, picking up where he left off last weekend to beat his rivals by almost a full second.

Skiing: Maier puts the failures behind him

HERMANN MAIER, the Olympic champion, yesterday made up for past disappointments in Val d'Isere with an impressive win in a men's super- giant slalom. The Austrian World Cup champion, who was disqualified from a giant slalom he had won here last year and who finished a distant 36th in Saturday's downhill, put the record straight with a commanding time of 1min 18.73sec.

X-treme; Come hell and high water

Shaun Pearce climbed into a canoe for the first time as a teenager when his mother enrolled him on a beginners' course. After falling in 13 times, it's difficult to imagine why canoeing appealed to him, but now, aged 29, he's one of Britain's top slalom canoeists, with the 1991 World Champion and 1994 World Cup Champion titles under his belt.

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Which are the best resorts in which to learn to ski? Which are the best places for families? And where should you go to find the most challenging runs? This week, in association with The Good Skiing and Snowboarding Guide 1999, we unveil the skiers' favourite 50

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