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The 50 Best ski resorts

Whether you’re a beginner headed for the nursery slopes or a black run aficionado, Sarah Barrell and our panel of ski experts have the lowdown on the best places to go in Europe – whatever your budget

Going down: US ski resorts are proving less popular as a result of expensive lift passes

Traveller's Guide: Ski season 2013/14

The ski market is showing signs of recovery but operators are still wary. Stephen Wood reports

Ridge way: the landing zone at Powder South Heli

Ski where the sky's the limit

While Britain bakes, some of the world's finest heli-skiing can be found in the Southern Hemisphere. Leslie Woit samples the Chile season

Ed Westwick and Felicity Jones share a scene in 'Chalet Girl'

Working abroad: The ski season

So you want to be the next ‘Chalet Girl’? The ski season might feel a long way away, but companies are already taking bookings for the 2013/14 winter season

Great ski getaways: SkiEurope, St Anton and Les Menuires

The end of the ski season is imminent ... but the snow is still falling and there are deals to be snapped up. All the below fly out from the UK in the next fortnight and get you a week on the slopes for under £400, excluding equipment and lift passes.

The ski market is on an upward slope

It's been another year of great snow

Family fortune: Geilo in Norway

Snow Report: Look north for next season's top ski destinations

The current ski season is in full swing, and still looking good for snow cover almost everywhere, but already news for 2013-14 is starting to appear.

Sea and ski: El Lodge in Sierra Nevada

Andalucia: head south for a holiday in the snow – with sunshine on the side

Here you can ski in the Sierra Nevada then slope off to the seaside resort of Marbella

Ski British Columbia's fresh frontier

Head north for unspoilt wilderness, snow-covered forests of grizzly bears and some of the most remote skiing you're likely to find

Andermatt: A Swiss ski resort awakens

Andermatt had fallen off the British skier's piste map, but new upmarket developments will change that

Chairman of the board: Matt Carroll and his finished creation

Ever fancied creating your own snowboard?

Matt Carroll visits Innsbruck on a bespoke winter break to find out how to do it

Up and away: Skiing close to Norway’s fjords

Norway: Strap yourself in for a ski tour de force

Accessing the Norwegian slopes via a speedboat in the Arctic, Colin Nicholson discovers new thrills high above the fjords

Ski-in, ski out: the Portes du Soleil

Ski secrets of the Portes du Soleil

Straddling the French-Swiss border, this ski area was once a haven for smugglers. Colin Nicholson encounters customs officers, contraband ... and cartoons

On track: Consider taking the train to the Alps

Snow Report: Avoid the airport crowds in this bumper season

It's too early to say for sure, but the current ski season, now halfway through, is looking as if it will be the one that sees a return to growth in skier numbers after four seasons of decline. Specialist travel agency Ski Solutions (020-7471 7749; skisolutions.com) is among those reporting record-breaking January sales, with bookings up 23 per cent.

The 50 Best ski resorts in Europe

It’s not too late to hit the slopes. Whether you’re looking for beginner’s tuition, black-run thrills or après partying, Sophie Morris has the essential guide to the top short-haul resorts for last-minute powder

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