Sport A Skyrunner takes on the Lake District high terrain events

You have been warned: Skyrunning is coming to Britain. But don’t worry; it is not, despite anything the name might imply, a prog rock supergroup.

Candles are lit for the nine killed on Mont Blanc

Service held for nine killed in avalanche

Three British climbers among those mourned after last week's disaster in the French Alps

Latest British avalanche victims were fundraising for hospice

Two Britons killed in an avalanche in the French Alps were fathers of young children and had been raising funds for a local hospice.

Tributes paid to Alps avalanche victim Roger Payne

The mountaineering world has led tributes to one of the UK's most respected climbers after he was killed alongside two other Britons in a devastating avalanche.

Mark Cavendish (second right) sprints clear in Cervere to claim the 10th Giro stage win of his career

Cycling: Cavendish has mountains to climb

When the world champion Mark Cavendish delivered a knockout bunch sprint to claim his 10th Giro d'Italia stage of his career and 33rd Grand Tour win yesterday it was very much business as usual – however, the Manxman then created a far greater surprise by announcing he would not be making a widely expected exit.

A view of the Giro d'Italia

Cycling: Lars Ytting Bak catapults himself to first Grand Tour win in the Giro d’Italia

Three-time Danish time trial champion Lars Ytting Bak perfectly executed a final attack to win stage 12 of the Giro d’Italia this afternoon.

Paul Guest: Climber who was first to conquer the great Changuch peak

In the Cordillera Real range in Bolivia he came down some slopes by bicycle

Icy crevices on the Matterhorn are creating more rockfalls

Matterhorn disintegrating in the face of global warming

Cycle of freezing and thawing sees lumps of rock falling off the mountain, say scientists

A bus carrying Belgian students returning from a skiing holiday crashed into a wall in a Swiss tunnel

Twenty-two children among 28 dead in horrific Belgian coach crash

Swiss prosecutors were last night examining the wreckage of the Belgian coach that ploughed head-on into an alpine tunnel wall on Tuesday night, killing 28 people – including 22 schoolchildren – in one of the worst bus crashes in the country's history.

Parents, friends and teachers at the Sint Lambertus school in Belgium

Rescuers seek answers as Belgium mourns 22 children in horror crash

Coach hits kerb and collides head on with tunnel wall as it returns from school ski trip

Ischgl in Austria has seen heavy snowfall

MP faces charges over Nazi stag night

A French state prosecutor yesterday launched a criminal investigation into the "Nazi stag night" attended by the Tory MP, Aidan Burley, in December.

Bloody Poetry, Jermyn Street Theatre, London

The hotel on the other side of Lake Geneva cashed in on the delicious shamelessness of it. They hired out binoculars so that tourists could gawp pruriently at the Villa Diodati and its scandalous summer menage of the Shelleys; the "mad, bad, and dangerous to know" Byron, and Claire Clairmont, Mary Shelley's half-sister, who had slept with both poets and was carrying Byron's baby. 

Hip and cool: St Moritz is the place to see and be seen

Switzerland: The original and the best

Davos is the highest city in Europe, St Moritz is all about high style – but both have epic skiing, says Leslie Woit

Austria: 1,000 Britons trapped by Alpine snow

Nearly 1,000 British tourists are trapped in a ski resort after parts of the Austrian Alps were cut off by unprecedented snowfall.

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.

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