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Video: Candide Thovex's five-minute video is simply unbelievable

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From Barcelona, Brazil and Bilbo's house to William III's palace and Aldi ski gear
Eddie 'The Eagle' Edwards, ski jumper

Page 3 Profile: Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards, ski jumper

And the award for the biggest loser in sport goes to…

It can be tough going financially for Winter Olympians like Ed Drake

Kevin Garside: Ed Drake works on a building site and pays to transport his own skis. It’s no way to maximise your Winter Olympic medal chances

'I might have to walk on the plane in my ski boots. I’ve seen guys do it'

The attraction
Harrods has opened the Disney Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique – a fairytale castle, complete with characters and dressing-up. Turn into a Disney prince or princess for the day from £100 (harrods.com/disney).

Travel agenda

From new non-stop flights and 'Place Pins' to photo workshops and air bridges

Dummy test sends a warning to skiers

Crash-test dummies have taken a beating in a series of simulated collisions with a tree – all paid for by Direct Line.

Madonna di Campiglio’s Spinale Direttissima is one of Europe’s toughest descents

Steep thrills: Italy's recession-hit resorts put faith in hair-raising black pistes

Testing a skier’s limit is at the heart of plans to reverse a drop in holidaymakers

In Bruges: indulge at the De Tuilerieen hotel

Deals of the week

Under £200... Celebrate New Year's Eve in style

BA has a range of deals on two-night breaks over New Year's Eve, departing from Heathrow. On 31 December, there's a stay at the Ballsbridge Hotel in Dublin for £194pp. Or, hop across to Brussels, where a stay at the Floris Avenue Hotel on 30 December is £197pp. ba.com

Britain’s Zoe Gillings was eighth in the snowboard cross at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, and has high hopes of doing better than that in Sochi in 2014

Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics: Zoe Gillings is a hopeful jump ahead

British winter sport is no longer a joke. Robin Scott-Elliot meets a genuine medal prospect for Sochi, where no competitor will be better prepared

Splendid isolation: Powder Mountain, Utah

Open Jaw: Where readers write back

Skiing in Utah

Spot-on piece. I was in Salt Lake City last year (my family live in the US). I stayed in Ogden on the way to Idaho on a trip with my mother. I was going to go skiing at well-advertised Snowbasin. The motel staff really insisted "Powder Mountain" – how right they were. Amazing, friendly, loads of intermediate skiing (countless for advanced and expert too), and even green runs through trees.

Alan Moroney

Who is the biggest celebrity fan of the selfie?

We’ve all got a friend who is a bit too fond of taking selfies as a part of their daily routine. But some celebrities are no better. As 'selfie' beat 'twerk' to be named word of 2013 by Oxford Dictionaries, here are some of the worst selfie offenders:

Lindsey Vonn was airlifted to hospital following her original injury

American skier Lindsey Vonn re-injures knee in training crash

The Olympic gold medallist is romantically involved with Tiger Woods

Rocky road: the resort of Banff

Deals of the week

Under £200... Cheap seats to Europe

Eurostar's usual lowest fare of £69 return to Paris, Lille, Brussels or Disneyland Paris falls to £54 for the first few weeks of 2014, for travel in a group of two, three or four. Sales open tomorrow and run until 2 December. Prices are for travel between 6 January and 12 February. eurostar.com

Host with the most: Ski resorts in the US are renowned for their hospitality

Stephen Wood: Expect a warmer welcome on the mountainsides

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