Illustration of a chalet in the Alps

Postcard from . . . Switzerland

Wedged high into the Rhine Valley is the tiny Swiss town of Disentis where a trickle of Swedish freeriders have found superb, untracked, ski terrain

Discreet luxury in Klosters

One of the most remarkable chalets in the Alps offers a retreat from the hubbub of the World Economic Forum, writes Tom Robbins

Tom Robbins in couloir Joel

Couloirs and Michelin stars in the Dolomites

Behind the region’s reputation for fine food and easy skiing lurks some of Europe’s best, and least crowded, off-piste

The Rembrandt van Rijn, operated by Oceanwide Expeditions, in Greenland
©Christoph Gnieser/Oceanwide Expeditions

Ski-touring on Greenland’s west coast

Leaving the crowded pistes of the Alps far behind, Will Hide joins a voyage exploring remote fjords and skiing on untouched mountains

More winter jubilees

The most feared downhill racecourse in the world
George Michael of Wham!
Saas-Fee, in the Valais region, is marking a rather different milestone this year
Introducing the ‘Snurfer’, a 1960s precursor
A general view of atmosphere during the 2014 Sundance Film Festival on January 23, 2014 in Park City, Utah
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First tracks: round-up of the season’s developments

From a new mega-resort in Utah to skirts for skiers

The outdoor seating area at Chalet N, Lech

Ultra-luxury chalets in the Alps

Here are some of the top trophy accommodations in the region which, at the time of going to press, still had availability

A St Moritz skeleton run in 1914
©M Weintraub/Engadin St. Moritz

The birth of winter tourism in St Moritz

A clutch of anniversaries has come at once this year – but nowhere will be celebrating more than in the Swiss resort town

The first heli-skiers land in the Bugaboo Mountains in 1965

Heli-skiing: into the wild

Fifty years after pioneers first took to the Canadian skies, Tom Robbins discovers the delights and dangers of this most addictive sport

Pink Snow ski kit bag

Cool ski kit

From lightweight helmets and boots to high-tech hoodies and safety airbags, these items are a must-have for skiing holidays

Young skiers at the Parc des Indiens in Courchevel
©David Andre

Perfect pistes for kids

The French slopes promise fun and adventure for families

Culture and skiing in Granada

The Moorish city is the ideal destination for an alternative family ski trip

Postcard from . . . Verbier

The Freeride World Tour is sport at its most visceral. The competition brings the excitement of ski movies to a live audience

Where to try Olympic winter sports

With the winter Games under way, three writers visit resorts where complete amateurs can sample ski-jumping, speed-skating and the luge

A fresh start for the grande dame of the Alps

Long synonymous with stars of the 1960s and 1970s, Gstaad is looking to attract younger visitors to fill its deserted slopes

A Davos for dudes

Snowboarding combined with networking, at a new resort in the wilds of Utah

Rescued from an icy grave: a survivor’s first-hand account

Europe is enduring a terrible season for avalanche accidents, with at least 25 deaths since Christmas

Russia’s billion-dollar ski resort

A remote and ramshackle mountain village has been transformed to host February’s Winter Olympics

Ford under fire for avalanche advert

Carmaker promo shows skier triggering snowfall

Postcard from . . . Crans-Montana: City break heads downhill

The Momentum ski festival aims to recreate the atmosphere of a world cup race for City of London snowsports fans

Five-star Courchevel

A grown-up, bling-free version of luxury in the Alps


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