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The 50 Best ski resorts

From family breaks in the French Alps to daunting descents and après partying in the Rocky Mountains, Sophie Morris has the essential guide to the world's top spots for powder


This week's panel:

Vanessa Fisher, a consultant for the Ski Club of Great Britain ( www.skiclub.co.uk);

Patrick Thorne, a year-round ski writer for more than 25 years and founder of www.thesnowhunter.com, a database of 6,000 ski areas worldwide;

Simon Usborne, assistant home news editor of ‘The Independent’ and extreme ski expert;

Dave Whitlow, creative director of mountain sports retailer Ellis Brigham;

Duncan Worrell, director of the Snowboard Club UK ( www.snowboardclub.co.uk)

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