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.

Winter wonder: Taking to the slopes in Espace Killy

Slopes with savoir faire: Val d'Isère still retains its centuries-old character

Polo, the ski-shop manager at Les Barmes de l'Ours, Val d'Isère's swankiest hotel, is the kind of fellow one finds only in winter-sports resorts and Bond movies: charming, cooler than cool, with an impressive air of worldliness for a man whose horizons are all jagged and snow capped.

David Cameron has launched his own investigation into the event attended by Aidan Burley, right

Tory MP who attended Nazi stag night faces French inquiry

David Cameron urged to remove whip from Aidan Burley as prosecutors consider charges

DVD: Deep End (15)

A soundtrack by the German experimentalists Can, a cameo from Diana Dors as a sexual predator and a saucy Jane Asher all feature in this British oddity from 1970.

Harriet Walker: March yes, but that word you use is helping no one

The word holds nothing for us but humiliation and subordination

Skiing: Whistleblower Cuche slates FIS over fine

An emotional Didier Cuche of Switzerland criticised race officials after he won the World Cup super-G here in Norway yesterday, following the International Ski Federation's decision to fine the defending downhill champion for threatening a referee.

Skiing: Vonn completes weekend hat-trick

Lindsey Vonn clinched her third discipline title in three days with a super-G victory in Tarvisio, Italy, yesterday to wrap up a good weekend for the American.

Skiing: Vonn vents her 'anger' in slalom to clinch super-combined crown

Lindsey Vonn won the super-combined World Cup title when she finished second in the season's final race in the discipline in Tarvisio, Italy, yesterday.

British student dies after ski chalet fall

A British gap-year student fell to his death after attempting to leap between chalet rooftops in the French Alpine ski resort of Courchevel.

Skiing: Victorious Riesch edges past Vonn

Maria Riesch of Germany beat Lindsey Vonn by one hundredth of a second to win a World Cup super-G race yesterday and extend her overall lead over her American rival.

Skiing: Maze figures out way to gold at last

Tina Maze became the first Slovenian to win an Alpine skiing world championship title yesterday, riding her advantage from the first run to the gold medal in the women's giant slalom.

Skiing: Goergl doubles up with downhill gold

Elisabeth Goergl stunned favourites Lindsey Vonn and Maria Riesch for the second time at the world Alpine ski championships yesterday, winning the downhill to add to her super-G title. The 29-year-old Austrian had never previously won a top-level downhill.

Skiing: Goergl takes gold as Vonn struggles

Austria's Elisabeth Goergl upstaged favourites Maria Riesch and Lindsey Vonn yesterday to snatch the women's Super-G gold in the opening event of the Alpine skiing world championships in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.

Skiing: Kostelic set to follow in little sister's tracks

Ivica Kostelic took another step towards the men's alpine skiing World Cup when he won the super-combined crystal globe in Chamonix yesterday.

Canada: Welcome to 'slackcountry'

Leslie Woit reveals that in Canada it's easy to get your off-piste adrenalin fix – If you know where to look

Skiing: Kostelic versatility seals first Super-G

Croatia's Ivica Kostelic confirmed himself as a genuine all-rounder yesterday when he won his first World Cup Super-G race.

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