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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.
A drought in a resort famous for its epic snowfall. A mountain with the best steep terrain anywhere... in a heatwave. Crud, slush, mud: the life of the off-piste skier with a day job can be as frustrating as it is ruinous.
She did not choose bob skeleton, it was chosen for her, yet the brave Brit has medal chances at this week's World Championships
Sprinter-turned-bobsleigh brakeman Craig Pickering declared himself happy with his 19th place in his inaugural world championships.
Patrick Thorne heads for a notoriously glitzy Swiss resort – and falls in love with the place
The Andean eco-region of the Eduardo Avaroa Andean Fauna National Reserve starts at 4,200m above sea level and covers more than 700,000 hectares in the far south-west of Bolivia.
The Alps aren't just a winter playground – summer visitors have the chance to revel in their delicate beauty
Keep cool in style
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.
Cycle of freezing and thawing sees lumps of rock falling off the mountain, say scientists
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.
Coach hits kerb and collides head on with tunnel wall as it returns from school ski trip
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.
After five years away from the slopes, Tracey Davies found the prospect of heading back to the piste terrifying. But a chance encounter taught her a new way to cope with her nerves
Altapura, Val Thorens
Penalty whistles were playing a merry tune on the lake at St. Moritz and they sounded the death march of Britain’s Ian Williams out of what could have been a third consecutive win on the World Match Race Tour.