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Take your pick in Courchevel, Chamonix, Sainte-Foy, Megève, and Val Thorens

Powder room: skiers assail the pristine slopes of Whistler

Make your own tracks at dawn

Alf Alderson advises you to rise with the lark if you want to enjoy the best skiing

Dive in: the Cornwall Hotel Spa & Estate

Get me out of here - Cornwall, Valmorel, Jakarta

Now... From now until 23 December, The Cornwall Hotel Spa & Estate in St Austell is offering two-night breaks for £179 per couple. The package includes B&B accommodation, one dinner and complimentary use of the gym, pool and hotel spa. Bookings via 01726 874051. thecornwall.co.uk

North Korean soldiers work on a building project to construct a ski resort at North Korea's Masik Pass.

North Korea says Switzerland’s refusal to sell it ski-lifts is ‘a serious human rights abuse’

Pariah state calls Swiss blocking of imports 'an intolerable mockery’

North Korean soldiers work on a building project to construct a ski resort at North Korea's Masik Pass.

Indyplus gallery: North Korea races against the clock to complete luxury ski resort Masik Pass

The pressure is on for builders in North Korea to complete the construction of a lavish ski resort by the end of this week.

Ben Saunders, explorer

Police, By Jo Nesbo. Harvill Secker, £18.99

Where is Harry Hole? Readers of Police will be asking that question for many worrying pages. To say that Jo Nesbo takes some audacious risks with our patience somewhat understates things. It's getting on for halfway through the book before the troubled alcoholic Norwegian copper appears, and we might be forgiven for thinking that he really did die at the end of Phantom.

Richard Sarafian: Film director best known for the existential road movie 'Vanishing Point'

Richard Sarafian, who died on 18 September at the age of 83 following a fall, was a film director whose 1971 countercultural thriller Vanishing Point brought him a decades-long cult following. A dark story of a drug-fuelled car chase through the Nevada desert brought on by a bet between a Vietnam veteran and his drug dealer. The veteran Kowalski, played by Barry Newman, drives a Dodge Challenger muscle car across the desert with the police in hot pursuit. "It was about speed" in both the drug and automotive senses, his son Deran Serafian said. "About what it really meant."

Travel agenda

From holiday snaps apps and photography workshops to watching wolves in Ethiopia

France’s Alexandre Geniez arrived in his homeland to a winner’s reception after clinching victory on stage 15 of the Vuelta a España, while Vincenzo Nibali maintained his overall lead

Alexandre Geniez grabs Vuelta a España stage

France’s Alexandre Geniez arrived in his homeland to a winner’s reception after clinching victory on stage 15 of the Vuelta a España, while Vincenzo Nibali maintained his overall lead.

The Girl Guides finally dropped God - and it allowed me to make my Promise

What the new wording of our Promise does is help us be fully inclusive in a way we haven’t been before

Book review: The Interestings, By Meg Wolitzer

A summer-camp alliance sets the course for lives that intersect across decades of change

Travel agenda

From camping in Tanzania to ski lessons in the French Pyrenees

I came, I saw, I forgot the liquorice allsorts

I've been hiking around my Cotswold valley, getting to know my new surroundings. My goal was to find a Roman villa that lies in the middle of some woods relatively undiscovered (in the sense that nobody has thrown up a fence and started charging exorbitant entry fees to look at some rubbish illustrations). I suppose that I should have bought an Ordnance Survey map immediately, as this would have greatly improved my chances of discovering the ruin. Unfortunately, I have always equated people with Ordnance Survey maps with the sort of types I wouldn't leave alone with my children.

Koreas agree to allow family reunions to resume after lull

North and South Korea agreed yesterday to allow reunions next month of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War, the first such meetings in three years and the latest conciliatory gesture from the North after a spring that saw it threaten Seoul with missile strikes and nuclear war.

Get me out of here - cottage breaks, wine tours, ski deals

Now... Classic Cottages still has some availability for the bank holiday weekend. Examples include Apple Cottage, a well-presented barn conversion in Somerset, which sleeps two. Arriving 23 August, a three-night stay is £336. Classic.co.uk

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Save the tiger: Tiger, tiger burning less brightly as numbers plummet

Tiger, tiger burning less brightly

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5 News's Andy Bell retraces his grandfather's steps on the First World War battlefields

In grandfather's footsteps

5 News's political editor Andy Bell only knows his grandfather from the compelling diary he kept during WWI. But when he returned to the killing fields where Edwin Vaughan suffered so much, his ancestor came to life
Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart reveals she has flying robot ... to take photos of her farm

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Simon Usborne (who's more of a hurtler) explains why winning the space race is key to happy riding
A tale of two presidents: George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story

A tale of two presidents

George W Bush downs his paintbrush to pen father’s life story
Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover

The dining car makes a comeback

Restaurateur Mitch Tonks has given the Great Western Pullman dining car a makeover
Gallery rage: How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?

Gallery rage

How are institutions tackling the discomfort of overcrowding this summer?
Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players

Eye on the prize

Louis van Gaal has £500,000 video surveillance system installed to monitor Manchester United players
Women's rugby: Tamara Taylor adds fuel to the ire in quest to land World Cup

Women's rugby

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The day America’s love of backyard tigers led to a horrific bloodbath

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