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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We know all too much about the cruelty of Isis – but all too little about who they are

Now Obama has seen the next US reporter to be threatened with beheading, will he blink, asks Robert Fisk
Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
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Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Australian Harley Miller is as frustrated by court delays as she is with the idiosyncrasies of immigration law
Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world. But could his predictions of war do the same?

Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world...

But could his predictions of war do the same?
Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

Young at hort

Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities. But why are so many people are swapping sweaty clubs for leafy shrubs?
Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

Sadly though, the Lawrence of Arabia star is not around to lend his own critique
Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve
Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition: It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans

Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition

It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans
Besiktas vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie

Besiktas vs Arsenal

Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie
Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

As the Northern Irishman prepares for the Barclays, he finds time to appear on TV in the States, where he’s now such a global superstar that he needs no introduction
Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to Formula One

Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

The 16-year-old will become the sport’s youngest-ever driver when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next season
Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

But belated attempts to unite will be to no avail if the Sunni caliphate remains strong in Syria, says Patrick Cockburn