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.

Tips and deals of the week: 08/08/2010

Cheap and healthy in the Alps

Esprit Holidays is offering a week's full board in the French or Swiss Alps for £599 for a family of three this summer, excluding travel.

Go to espritfamilyadventures.com

British climbers killed by Alps rockfall

Two British climbers died after falling in the French Alps, it was confirmed today.

Rory Bremner's International Satirists, Radio 4<br/>The Alps, Radio 4

When it comes to cynicism in satire, the Brits win hands down

Observations: The Feeling return to their roots as curators of Little World

Join with us," The Feeling command on one of their less forgettable numbers, a request tricky to perform when they are ensconced halfway up the French Alps. For that is where you will find them next week as the good-time band get to curate their own festival, Little World.

The Lives of Ants, By Laurent Keller & Elisabeth Gordon

Pretty much everything is astonishing about ants. Though they prefer a bit of heat, they are also found in Finland and the Alps. They are more of them than any other animal.

Kent County Council pulls plug on TV service

A controversial council-run internet TV service is to be scrapped to save money.

Diary Of A Third Year: Ski trips to the Alps are a mixture of immaturity and lewdness

It's 12.30am at Dover ferry port. Covered in face paint, a student from Manchester University is being held with his arms behind his back, as another tries to pull his trousers down. Two policemen appear. Seeing the police, one lets go, while the other continues to pull at his friend's pants. A policeman coughs. The trouser-puller turns, sees them and makes a swift exit. Welcome to the world of university ski trips.

Facing an uphill battle

Will improvements in services and infrastructure attract more British skiers to Switzerland and Italy? Stephen Wood reports

British skier killed in Alps avalanche

A British skier who went missing in the Alps on Christmas Day has died after being caught in an avalanche, French police said today.

Snow Report: Save the pound. Go skiing on the Scottish slopes

This time last winter the ski industry was in meltdown. After a decade of growth, the economic downturn, coupled with the collapse of the pound, left tour operators with serious over-capacity. But we're told there'll be no repeat of the resulting mega-deals this winter, which included the first Bogof (buy one get one free) ski holidays. Companies have cut back on availability and, anyway, most have been offering discounts since last spring.

Learning the slopes: Kitzbühel is the perfect place for a novice to get to grips with the Alps

Don't be put off by the child prodigy skiers or the heavyweight schnitzel-based dinners.

The little resort with big ideas about going green

Skiing plays havoc with the environment, but some Alpine resorts are striving to curb its excesses, says Simon Birch

French Alps: Dome, sweet home

It was remote and freezing, and huskies were her only neighbours, but Jo Kessel found that bedding down in an igloo was an amazing way to spend a night in the Alps

Snowboarding: A Rude awakening

How do you find the perfect board? Go on a winter break where the chalet owners let you try as many of them as you like, says Matt Carroll

INM teams with Geldof's Ten Alps to bid for TV news

Independent News and Media (NI), publishers of the Belfast Telegraph, and factual TV production company Ten Alps PLC has announced it is in discussion about bidding for any local Independently Funded News Consortium (IFNC) pilot contracts tendered for regional news services for Northern Ireland.

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