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Snow Report: Western Canada gets the snow – again

The rise in popularity of western Canadian resorts among British skiers has slowed a little recently. The strength of the Canadian dollar means it no longer offers much of a saving on its US equivalent, and rising transatlantic airfares have added to the perception that there is less value to be had. However, for the second year in a row, Alberta and British Columbia have reported abundant powder snow, while south of the border in Colorado, the snow has so far arrived by the inch rather than the foot, again repeating the pattern of last winter.

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Liz Harper enjoys a mini Michelin menu on an Italian ski break

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Thrills and spills in stylish Verbier

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