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Mercedes driver wants to climb a number of mountains once he has retired with an aim of tackling the biggest of them all for charity

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As a new London exhibition will reveal, the famed French photographer's shots of his bohemian socialite wife lay bare the underlying truths of their tumultuous relationship

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Froome became the second winner from Team Sky in as many years

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Saad al-Hilli, the Iraqi-born father who was shot dead in the massacre in the French Alps

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The three members of the British al-Hilli family were shot dead while sat in their car parked in a remote Alpine beauty spot on 5 September

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Magnificent mountain biking above Cortina d'Ampezzo

Steve Mafi of Leicester charges upfield during the Aviva Premiership match between Leicester Tigers and London Wasps

Great ski getaways: SkiEurope, St Anton and Les Menuires

The end of the ski season is imminent ... but the snow is still falling and there are deals to be snapped up. All the below fly out from the UK in the next fortnight and get you a week on the slopes for under £400, excluding equipment and lift passes.

Father Peter Saunders (left) who died along with his son Charlie Saunders, aged 12, while on a walking trip in the French Alps.

British hikers who fell to death in Alps named as Peter and Charlie Saunders

The two were exploring a dangerous mountain trail

On track: Consider taking the train to the Alps

Snow Report: Avoid the airport crowds in this bumper season

It's too early to say for sure, but the current ski season, now halfway through, is looking as if it will be the one that sees a return to growth in skier numbers after four seasons of decline. Specialist travel agency Ski Solutions (020-7471 7749; skisolutions.com) is among those reporting record-breaking January sales, with bookings up 23 per cent.

It's downhill from here: Simon skiing from the summit of the Pigne d’Arolla, accessed via a 10-minute helicopter ride from Grimentz

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British teen drowns in pool at Alpe d'Huez ski resort in France

A British “seasonaire” has drowned in a swimming pool at the end of a night out in a French ski resort.

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