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No matter how you try to slice it this year, skiing is not going to be many people's idea of a bargain holiday – which is why it pays to look where you can get most bang for your buck. So, purely for research, I took a quick three-day pre-Christmas trip to the daddy of them all, Chamonix.

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Australia acts to save 'Alps' from climate change

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War of words over free access to Mont Blanc summit

An angry war of words has broken out over free access to the summit of Mont Blanc after the death of eight climbers in an ice and rock avalanche on the Franco-Italian mountain.

Teenage climber plunges 160ft to his death in French Alps

A British teenager who described climbing as his "demon" and his "cure" plunged 160ft to his death in the French Alps after a mix up with his equipment.

Swiss Alps: High Anxiety

I'm French-kissing a rock face and I don't want to stop. Because stopping would mean having to put my tongue back in my mouth. And if I do that I think I might never stop screaming. To be honest, I hadn't asked the rock how it felt about the situation. When you're 850 metres above ground clinging to a slippy, muddy and - most importantly - tiny metal rung sticking out of a cliff face, you tend to forget about etiquette.

Tour de France: Burghardt victorious in St Etienne

Marcus Burghardt profited from a transitional day in the Tour de France to escape to victory on the 18th stage from Bourg d'Oisans to St Etienne.

Alpine murder mystery: Are sheepdogs being poisoned to save the grey wolf?

The French have an expression – entre chiens et loups– between the dogs and the wolves. It is a fanciful way of describing the twilight, the mysterious and uncertain time between day and night.

Victims found after Alps avalanche

Rescuers today found the bodies of five French ski-mountaineers swept away by an avalanche during an excursion in Italy's north-western Alps.

Full circle around Mont Blanc

The Tour du Mont Blanc is a 200km circular trek that takes in three countries in nine days. For Alison Harvey it was a chance to enjoy spectacular scenery – and bond with her daughter

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