Travel Snow forecast is looking good for Sochi

The number of Brits planning to go to Sochi in Russia for the Winter Olympics in three weeks' time will be minimal. Apart from the usual Russian visa requirements, flights are limited, a special "spectator pass" is required in a bid to combat security threats and prices for accommodation and the top events are very expensive.

Don't let the problems snowball if your ski holiday hits the skids

Despite all the risks, many Britons head for the pistes without cover, exposing themselves to huge medical bills. Nargis Ahmad and Julian Knight report

Paralysed teenager recovers to join army

A teenager left paralysed after a snowboarding accident is set to fulfil his lifelong dream of joining the army.

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Piste and love: skiing for the singleton

Esther Shaw signs up for a skiing holiday for the single – or 'individual' – traveller in Chamonix

Zermatt offers the wow factor

How do you impress a young Canadian snowboard enthusiast? Take him to Zermatt and let him loose on the slopes. Mary Novakovich whisks her nephew away on an Alpine adventure

Who was the real winner of our race to the Alps?

You want to maximise your ski time, but there's price, comfort and that carbon footprint to consider, too. So, should you travel by coach, plane or train? We asked three friends to try out these different routes to La Rosière in France

The Complete Guide To: Mountain biking

Autumn is a great time to get off the beaten track. Chris Moran gears up for a two-wheeled adventure, via gentle hills and gritty descents

Trail of the Unexpected: Utah - where one ski resort just ain't enough

How kind of them. It's my first ever visit to Utah, and the nice people at Park City have closed the resort especially for me. At least, that's what it feels like as I strap in and set off down another deserted run. The lifts opened two hours ago, yet I have yet to see another soul. Not that I'm complaining. With a layer of fresh powder sitting on top of the groomed stuff, I'm on a mission to christen as many untracked pistes as possible before someone shows up. If they ever do, that is. With four other resorts to choose from just down the road, there's no guarantee.

High hopes: Alpe d'Huez ticks all the right boxes

Finding a ski resort that caters for everyone in a group isn't easy, but Alpe d'Huez, near Grenoble, has got it covered

Before you die: So how many of the 100 have you managed to do?

Should we all be rushing to the Darwin Beer Can Festival before it's too late? Dave Freeman thought so and included it in his book, '100 Things To Do Before You Die'. He died this month, having worked his way through half the list. Here's your chance to find out if you've done any better

Golden touch of new British messiah wins over crowd

A vintage game, its rhapsodic shifts of rhythm played out in the gloaming of an immaculate summer evening. But the cathedral of British tennis can sometimes seem a theatre of the absurd as well. The wait for a Briton who can win this tournament has become very like the wait for Godot, an attempt to give futility a purpose of its own. Is Andrew Murray the messiah? After this tumultuous match, at least it seems possible.

The <i>IoS</i> pink list 2008

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Dom Joly: Skiing down a volcano has a flaw. There's no snow

As I continue my travels around Nicaragua, things get weirder and weirder. It's a problem when the people in a production team plan a trip from London without actually visiting the destination for a recce – things get slightly lost in the translation. For instance, someone "read" that there was an active volcano just outside the old capital of León, whose loose ash slopes could be snowboarded down. This was suggested to me as an option and, being a bit dumb, I agreed.

Altitude Festival, The Auditorium, Meribel, France

What may be one of the first ever Alpine comedy festivals is an appealing combination: skiing all day, comedy all night. The French ski resort Meribel is currently playing host to the inaugural Altitude Festival, the brainchild of the comedian Marcus Brigstocke – a mad-keen snowboarder.

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