<span class="travelcolor">50 Best ...</span> ways to ski this winter

Don't leap into the great unknown: let Emma Perry and her expert panel guide you down suitable slopes, assisted by the latest kit, towards the perfect apr&eacute;s-ski relaxation
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Best equipment
Short skis
Boeri Chop Iron Helmet
Bollé pink lens goggles
Superfeet insoles
Ski boot fittings
Christie's Sports

Best for beginners
Dry slopes
Lake Louise
Les Gets
Sunday River
Fitness training programmes

Best nightlife
Sauze d'Oulx

The panel
Stephen Wood is the ski correspondent for The Independent; Vanessa Haines is public relations manager for the Ski Club of Great Britain; Trevor de Villiers is the overseas contract manager for Neilson; Patrick Thorne is the author of six skiing guides for publishers such as Collins and Berlitz (he is also the co-founder of www.snow24.com, which is due to launch early in 2001 with a database of 6,000 resorts spanning 75 countries); Michael Liebrich is a former member of the British Olympic ski team and founder of www.ifyouski.com; and Mike Welby is publisher of The Good Ski Guide ( www.skiguide.com).

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