Valley high: on the slopes of Val Thorens

Val Thorens: Season's greetings in the Trois Vallées

Val Thorens in France was recently named the world's best ski resort. Stephen Wood paid a visit to see how it's aiming even higher

Sparkling slopes: Piedmont by night

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An array of delicious food and skiing opportunities await in the Italian region of Piedmont, writes Mike North

How are pistes prepared? Driving a piste-basher at night

In the French resort of Serre Chevalier, Frances Booth discovers the tricks of the trade

How are ski slopes prepared? Driving a piste-basher at night

In the French resort of Serre Chevalier, Frances Booth discovers the tricks of the trade
Snow go area: a piste-basher prepares the slopes before skiers arrive

How are pistes prepared? Driving a piste-basher at night

In the French resort of Serre Chevalier, Frances Booth discovers the tricks of the trade

Cook up a snow storm: (clockwise from main) Heston Blumenthal, Sat Bains and Marcus Wareing

Gourmet ski weekend: Heston Blumenthal, Marcus Wareing and Sat Bains cook up an Alpine feast

Take three Michelin-starred chefs, 45 skiers and one Italian mountain resort. The result? A weekend of high-octane thrills and fine dining

Skiers on the slopes around St Moritz

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Summer-loving British tourists first went to this mountain village in winter as a dare 150 years ago. They never looked back, and Lesley Woit can see why

Deep and crisp and even: Maison Jaune

Independent getaways in the French Alps: Cabins for families, guesthouses for couples, and farmhouses for dogs

Travel publisher Alastair Sawday selects his best options

Nasserein is where Esprit bases its St Anton operation

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Would a busy programme prove too much for Stephen Wood's children?

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For intermediate skier Nick Boulos, an academy in Verbier offered a real chance to improve

Make tracks: Switzerland's 'Glacier Express'

Ski train: Make tracks for après-ski

Snow thin on the ground? Fancy a day off? Pick a resort with a train, says Andrew Eames

Geilo has many child-friendly runs and activities

School-holiday skiing in Norway for all the family

Forget the Alps and head north to Geilo's empty runs and queueless lifts, says Susie Mesure

Long way down: The Chopok gondola rises through a cedar pine forest to just above 2,000m

Skiing in Slovakia: Join the Tatra pack for a bargain break

New flights have opened up these mountains, but Leslie Woit is tempted to keep them a secret

Zermatt expects 55cm of new snow by Friday

Fresh snow falls prompt an early start to the winter season

Zermatt is expecting more than 55cm of new snow by next Friday

You can buy a man's jacket and trousers from Lidl for just £18

High-street skiwear is a bargain for beginners

You can buy a man's jacket and trousers from Lidl for just £18

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