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

Perfect peak: Simon Usborne, far left, lunches with friends in the Vallée Blanche

Italy: Alps - On the quiet side of Mont Blanc

Head to the Italian resort of Courmayeur to enjoy the Vallée Blanche without the crowds of Chamonix

Free fall: Maison Blanche et Verte

Skiing: Beyond the nursery slopes

Forty years after his first attempt at skiing, Mark McCrum tries again in the French Alps

United front: Wildschönau

Teaming up for the Tyrol's top 10

Adjacent valleys have been linked by a new gondola to create Austria's Ski Juwel area, but it's the villages within them that dazzle

The 10 Best ski jackets

Here’s a range that does everything from keeping out an avalanche to making the wearer visible from several miles away

The 10 Best ski jackets

Here’s a range that does everything from keeping out an avalanche to making the wearer visible from several miles away

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.

Reach out: yoga eases ski-weary limbs

Do the après-ski stretch

Leslie Woit discovers the benefits of a yoga workout on a ski holiday in the Dolomites

Cold comfort: Michelin-starred expertise

The dolomites: Star quality

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

Ski news: You should have booked by now

February half term is crunch time for ski holiday bookings, particularly in the French Alps, which is the UK's most popular destination for ski holidays. With good snow conditions, next month looks like it will be very busy indeed.

Adventure playground: an abundance of deep powder awaits skiers at remote Revelstoke

British Columbia: Get the best in Canada's west

British Columbia has backcountry powder for all, says Matt Barr, whether you take to the air or the chair

Pole position: getting kids ready for the slopes is hard work

Steven Wood: An expert lesson in motivation

Say your young daughter is struggling to take her cycling to the next level, sobbing when you suggest removing the stabilisers from her bike. What do you do? Given that nothing is too good for your little girl, you call in Sir Bradley Wiggins to give her lessons.

Ski safari: Take the scenic routes

Lift-linked areas mean you don't need off-piste skills to ski from village to village. By Patrick Thorne

Mountains of appeal: El Lodge in Sierra Nevada

Chic ski retreats: Take a lesson in ski cool

Gstaad, anyone? For a winter holiday with an in-built sense of style, consider one of these lovely escapes

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