Travel Kora ShoLa base layers

Embrace the very latest in slope-style and stock up with great new gadgets, says Simon Munk

Ski gear to get excited about

With the new season upon us, it's time to update your armoury

Album: Chopin, Cello Music/ Andreas Brantelid (EMI)

Chopin's anniversary avalanche is already in full swing, with this disc by Sweden's highest-flying young cellist leading the field in that instrument.

Avalanches and a broken chair lift bring misery to the frozen Alps

Skiers stranded for hours as Alpine rescuers warn of lethal risks on the slopes

Scottish avalanche victims were teachers

Three climbers killed when they were swept up in a series of avalanches in Scottish mountains were named today.

Big freeze continues after six deaths

Three people died after being caught up in avalanches and three others were killed in a crash on a snowy stretch of motorway as the cold snap continued to grip Britain today.

Climbers killed by Ben Nevis avalanche

Freezing weather sweeps Britain once more, killing five people in 24 hours

Ben Nevis avalanche kills two climbers

Two climbers were swept to their deaths in a massive avalanche on Britain's highest mountain today.

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.

Transsexual who went back to being a man is found dead

When Mike Penner, a 25-year veteran of the Los Angeles Times, typed the words "I am a transsexual sportswriter", it became the most celebrated coming-out of the internet era.

Obergurgl: A blast from a past master

Obergurgl is a classic ski resort that also embraces the modern, says Roger Bray

Beginner's Guide To: Winter sports insurance

With the ski season just around the corner, it's the time to start thinking about your travel insurance if you'll be hitting the slopes this winter. Yet most policies don't include cover for winter sports as standard so it's essential to make sure you will be insured for whatever snow-based activity you'll be partaking in.

New Zealand snowboarder dies in avalanche

A New Zealand man died in an avalanche while snowboarding on South Island, police said today.

Avalanche survivor in £8 million Lottery win

A Kent man who survived an avalanche in which four of his friends died was celebrating a change in fortunes after his family won almost £8 million on the Lottery.

The ten most ridiculous lawsuits

Blame Stella Liebeck. It was her ridiculous lawsuit against McDonald's that started the avalanche. Back in 1992, 79-year-old Stella spilled a cup of McDonald's coffee on her lap and burned herself. Everyone laughed when she declared she was suing McDonald's, until a jury awarded her $2.9m.

The Westminster gentlemen's club is dead

Sweeping changes to the way Parliament is run, announced last night, spell the end of the Westminster club in which Members of Parliament regulate themselves.

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