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.

Investment Column: Xstrata has issues to address but is cheap

Inchcape; Boomerang Plus

Tips and deals: 18/10/2009

The advice

Show your photographers to the judges of the 2009 Insight Guides and IoS Travel Photography Competition at Stanfords in London on 27 October. Email juliaspence .pr@gmail.com to book a slot from 8pm-9pm.

Snowboarding: A Rude awakening

How do you find the perfect board? Go on a winter break where the chalet owners let you try as many of them as you like, says Matt Carroll

Canada: Go for an alternative gold in Vancouver

Cypress Mountain has everything nearby Whistler has – including slopes good enough for next year's Winter Olympics. So where are the crowds?

Essential kit: Gear up for the winter

Going skiing? Check out the latest clothing and gadgets that can help you get ahead on the slopes

Get a piste of the action today

Tickets now on sale for the all new Ski and Snowboard Show

New Zealand snowboarder dies in avalanche

A New Zealand man died in an avalanche while snowboarding on South Island, police said today.

Go with the flow: Ride volcanoes

Surfing started with big waves and wooden boards. Then it moved on to ski slopes and sand dunes. But those are nothing compared to the latest thrill – riding active volcanoes. Simon Usborne reports

Album: Get the Blessing, Bugs in Amber, (Cake)

Bristol's jazz-rock iconoclasts sound even more live and dangerous on this follow-up to their award-winning debut, All Is Yes.

Album: Big Air, Big Air (Babel)

Big Air are a supergroup led by the Ornette Coleman and Don Cherry of UK jazz, Steve Buckley and Chris Batchelor, who are joined by pianist Myra Melford and drummer Jim Black, with Oren Marshall's tuba parping out the basslines.

High jinks: California's Squaw Valley is the ideal location for freeriders looking to perfect their skills

The Tram Face at Squaw Valley looms up steeply behind the ski resort's small village. Fingers of red granite and gnarled pines dot the sheer wall. Above the summit, skiers lose their stomachs as the cable car swings up over the first tower.

Games Review: Family Ski and Snowboard

Wii, Atari, £34.99

Retro heaven: Seek out the old-school European ski resorts

Modern ski resorts may be comfortable - but where is all the vintage charm?

Wealth Check: Lucy can make her trip abroad a lot less rocky

A snowboarder with the travel bug hopes her savings will be enough to make her six-month stay in Canada go smoothly. Interview by Harriet Meyer
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