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Great little ski resorts: Megève, France

For those who want to avoid the crowds on and off the slopes, this small town offers peaceful pistes, great dining options and a top-notch jazz festival to boot<p>Megève is in the south-east of France, near the Italian and Swiss borders, and emerged as a popular ski destination for the rich and famous …

Two Spanish skiers killed in French Pyrénées avalanche

Two Spanish skiers were killed Saturday when an avalanche hit a group skiing off-piste on a mountain in southwestern France, rescue services said.<p>The …

Guide detained after Alps avalanche kills 4 skiers

Four skiers were killed in an avalanche in the French Alps on Friday. Their guide has been detained by police for potentially putting the group at …

Skiers urged to check resorts in advance

<b>Skiers and snowboarders have been urged to check traffic and ski centre websites before heading for the slopes.</b><p>Ski-Scotland said Glencoe and Nevis in the west were accessible by road but travel was more difficult around resorts in the east.<p>Glencoe ski resort was open for business on Saturday …

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Explore the bustling city charm and natural beauty of Innsbruck

Given the charming blend of natural beauty and rich cultural legacy, it's no wonder that Innsbruck in the Austrian Tirol has earned the nickname of …

Andermatt to Sedrun Connection To Open on 10th March

<b>The new Schneehüenerstock Flyer high-speed six seater chairlift in the Andermatt-Funicular-Oberalppass area has been given an official opening day of</b> …

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Gstaad: Alpine romanticism and climate change

On the right, a cow, and on the left, a Rolex watch. Alpine idyll and luxury: that's Gstaad in Southwestern Switzerland. But this vacation …

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British skier killed after falling hundreds of feet in the French Alps

A British skier has been killed after falling hundreds of feet off a cliff in the French Alps.<p>The man, in his 20s, fell 650ft in Oz-en-Oizans, in …

British skier plunges to his death in French Alps after heading off piste

Another British skier died in the French Alps at the weekend after plunging hundreds of metres while he was skiing off piste.

Where to Ski or Snowboard in Italy To March 3rd, 2018

<b>Western Italy has had the most snow in the Alps over the past week. Snowfalls of up to 50cm in 48 hours and 30cm in 24 hours were posted by ski areas</b> …

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Broken bones? Torn knees? Whatever. U.S. skier Lindsey Vonn is fearless heading into Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

The Lioness in Winter<p>The Lioness in Winter<p>A confident Lindsey Vonn enters the Pyeongchang Olympics as the most decorated woman skier in history. …

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Why Val d'Isère is our favourite ski resort

How do we love Val d’Isère? Let us count the ways. Firstly, it has staying power. This morning the resort will open for business for the 2016-17 season and the lifts won’t shut again until May 1 2017, 156 days later. From the first Alpine dusting to the last squelch of spring snow, that is a heck …

18 mountains that celebrities and business moguls love to ski

While there's plenty of mountains to choose from around the world, some ski resorts are specifically known for their exclusive terrain and luxurious amenities.<p>We've put together a list of 18 ski resorts where celebrities, royals, and business travelers are known to flock to.<p>From the exclusive …

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From Chamonix to Aspen, These Are the 14 Most Luxurious Ski Hotels Around the World

In many parts of the world, ski season is just about to kick off. Whether you are eager to hit the slopes, or more excited about the après scene that surrounds just about every snowy destination, it's time to get your winter holidays booked. Here, some of the most luxurious hotels in the top ski …

Best Places to Spend Christmas - Montreux, Switzerland - Quiet Corner

Best Places to Spend Christmas – Montreux, Switzerland<p>This lakeside city is the place to visit in 2016; especially if you are travelling with young …

Supermarket Aldi launches low-cost ski lessons

High street supermarkets flogging cheap ski gloves and helmets is a common sight at this time of year. But Aldi is going one step further and offering discounted ski lessons. The supermarket's ski kit hits its stores on Sunday November 27, and is already available to pre-order at aldi.co.uk. The …

The incredible Italian ski resort that you've probably never heard of

Imagine a child’s drawing of a ski resort. There’s a cone-shaped mountain, a gondola hauling smiley faces up to a sharply pointed peak, a tall figure – out-of-scale by at least 1,000 per cent – skiing down the slope, poles akimbo. Even the most encouraging parent would admit that the image is …

Europe's 10 best budget ski resorts

Getting value for money on holiday is high on the list of most skiers and snowboarders. Staying away from the famous, fashionable resorts, where everything from lift passes and accommodation to lunch on the mountain are likely to cost the most, is the obvious advice.<p>However, while a more obscure …

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How to get fit for the slopes: plank with arm reach and rotation

It’s the time of year when skiers and snowboarders turn attention to getting fit for the slopes ahead of a winter trip to the mountains. Getting your body prepared will not only help you ski or snowboard better, but will make the whole experience a lot more enjoyable – no more endless aching or …

The Swiss Alps missed the snow this December

Switzerland’s majestic, snow-capped Alps are not quite capped with snow this year. The country has just reported experiencing its driest December since record-taking began in 1864, with only two millimeters (approximately 0.07 inches) of rainfall in the month. The average precipitation for December …

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Heliskiing and Fishing in Iceland's Great White North

“It’s hard to get to?” When searching for a downside to Deplar Farm, the newest heli-skiing and fishing lodge from the ­Crested Butte, Colorado, luxury brand Eleven, that’s the best I can do. The lodge sits on an old sheep farm tucked into Iceland’s rugged Troll Peninsula, but once ­inside you’re …

10 of the world's most extreme ski lifts

<b>(CNN) —</b> Ski lifts, like skiers, come in all shapes and sizes, with varying degrees of technical merit, but only a few have the X factor.<p>Whether it's a revolutionary design, nerve-jangling ride or historic aura, some lifts offer more than just a fast-track to the top of the mountain. It might even …

At last, it’s the real thing as Italy’s skiers delight in white after years of fake snow

Dolomites resorts have had to rely on snow machines since the 1980s, but now nature has finally done the job<p>No challenge appears insurmountable for the people who live among the dramatic and sublime peaks of the Italian Dolomites. Before a cableway was installed at Perca, a commune close to the …

IN PICTURES: Parts of France turn into winter wonderland as first snowfall arrives

This was the scene in the Morvan Regional park in Burgundy, central France.<p>❄️🌨️ Avec un peu d'avance sur les prévisions, la #neige est arrivée ! …

Ski tips for Gstaad, Switzerland

'My husband's family has been going to Gstaad for years and now my son will be the fourth generation who has learnt to ski here. <b>Take the</b> …

Check Out This Insane Line in the Alps From Skier Jérémie Heitz

<b>Jérémie Heitz is on a mission to ski 15 of the Alps steepest 4,000-meter peaks (over 12,000 feet).</b> The 28-year-old from Switzerland is kind of …

Eight brilliant things to do in Switzerland this winter

Winter is here! As always, Switzerland has plenty of fantastic things to do in the colder months. Try some of these on for size this season...

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The perfect ski lodge in Samoens in the French Alps

Samoëns is one of the least known ski centres in the French Alps outside of France – it’s also one of the best. Here’s why we think its a brilliant …

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Inside the fairy-tale ski chalet owned by a prince (and it could be yours for £1.2m)