Host with the most: Ski resorts in the US are renowned for their hospitality

Stephen Wood: Expect a warmer welcome on the mountainsides

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In spite of a serious injury on a black run 15 years ago, Susie Mesure is determined to give the same slope another go

A skier flies through the air

Olympian activities: It's game on for winter-sports fans

The Olympics are drawing close – and if you feel inspired by the events on show in Russia, Aaron Millar explains how to experience them for yourself

Powder room: skiers assail the pristine slopes of Whistler

Make your own tracks at dawn

Alf Alderson advises you to rise with the lark if you want to enjoy the best skiing

Posh piste: Val Thorens

Aim high on a ski break in Val Thorens

An ambitious range of smart hotels and fine-dining options continues to transform this snow-sure French resort, says Minty Clinch

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

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