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.

On the edge: Look further afield for some stand-out ski resorts in the Four Valleys area

The ski industry is all about numbers. The numbers of runs, the kilometres of pistes, the hourly lift capacity, the number of beds available. Although these figures are rarely representative of the true worth of a ski area (La Grave, for example, with its one lift, is often considered to be one of the world’s best backcountry resorts), established resorts have long seen the value in joining forces with neighbouring ski hills to boost their stats.

Man held after snowboard tow stunt posted on web

A man has been arrested after a video of a car towing a person on a snowboard down a main road was posted on the internet, police said today.

Boarder control: The best terrain parks

Terrain park: two words to send any self-respecting snowboarder into a happy daydream – and most skiers running to the nearest après-ski bar. You may already have eyed one through the ropes at your favourite resort: a cordoned-off area populated by ominous-looking cheese wedge jumps (or "kickers" or "booters" – see panel, right), handrails, picnic tables and boxes bent into unusual shapes (these are known as "jibs"), and young people wearing unfeasibly voluminous trousers.

More drinkers on the Piste

The number of people who drink and ski is on the rise, it was revealed today.

Take off to the slopes: 10 ways to make the most of the snow

The winter sports season is approaching its halfway point, but there's still lots new to try out. Colin Nicholson has the latest stories from the pistes

White Heat, by Wayne Johnson

"This book is intended to put the reader on the mountain," explains ski enthusiast Wayne Johnson in his foreword, but it's a mighty zigzagging ride to the end as he veers between history, technical detail and personal experience in a frequently irritating "Look at me!" novelistic style, much of the time archly referring to himself in the second person.

My Style: Charlotte Dutton

Drop zone: Take to the skies over the Rockies for some heli-boarding action

"If you lose your hat, do not chase it – or you may not have a head left to wear it." Of all the safety advice we were given by our guide Andrew prior to boarding the helicopter, this was the bit that stuck in my mind.

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Mount Olympics' new lift deserves a medal

The Peak 2 Peak gondola, linking Whistler and Blackcomb mountains, is an awesome feat of engineering. Minty Clinch reports
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