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.

Snow festivals: Hazy raves of winter

Despite an overall decline in the ski market, the numbers attending snow festivals are on the up, along with the number of festivals on offer – in all shapes, sizes and destinations. These have come a long way over the past decade and now they're as big a feature in the ski calendar as many big sporting events. They generally follow a familiar structure of on-snow fun during the day, followed by partying all night. Unsurprisingly, a youthful crowd is the main market.

What's new on the slopes: 20 top tips

Welcome to the new snow sports season with our inside track to Winter 2010/11. Your guide is the IoS resident expert Patrick Thorne – aka 'The Snow Hunter'. A skiing enthusiast for the past 30 years, Patrick has been reporting on winter sports for more than a quarter of a century.

Downton Abbey: 'Sorry ma'am, the butler's out snowboarding!'

Continuity errors, anachronisms, gaffes, and plain clangers can't halt the rise of period drama

Travel Agenda: Ski and Snowboard Show; NuBeginnings' luxury bootcamp; A Hedonist's guide to Marrakech; Trou aux Biches resort in Mauritius

Today: The Ski and Snowboard Show is in full swing at Olympia in London, with a Quebec husky lodge, ice-driving experience and Snowbombing after-party; the show runs until tomorrow (

Austria: The joys of going flat out

Cross-country skiing offers an eye-opening alternative to the downhill variety.

Traveller's guide: Swiss snow

The country at the heart of the Alps delivers top-grade winter sports

Dutton launches Misticon snowboarding range

Charlotte Dutton, a former world cup snowboarder and model, is launching her own range of snowboarding clothes for next season through her Misticon fashion label.

Temperatures to soar to 25C in South-east by weekend

Temperatures are likely to reach up to 25C by the weekend, 10C higher than the average for May, according to forecasters.

Snowboarders killed in avalanche

Relatives of ten people, most of them German snowboarders, who were killed by an avalanche in Russia's remote Kamchatka region at the weekend are expected to arrive at the scene of the accident today.

Altitude Festival, Méribel Auditorium, France

Outside the Auditorium in Méribel's main square, a miniature snowpark had been set up.

Snowboarding success: the British Junior Champion Jamie Barrow is racing ahead

Snowboarder Jamie Barrow, 17, has been the British Junior Champion at Boardercross for the last two years, but needs sponsorship to keep him at the top.

Snow Report: There's plenty of snow on the mountains - you just need to know where

The ski season may be drawing to a close, but there's still good skiing or boarding to be had for a few months if you know where to look. Lower runs in Europe may be becoming slushy, but there's plenty of fresh snow still falling higher up.

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