In pictures: Was skiing better in the olden days?

It’s been a ski season to remember, for both the right, and sometimes wrong, reasons. British skiers and snowboarders have been more eager than ever to hit the slopes. After a turbulent start, plagued by border closures and Covid restrictions,... Read more

10 signs you’re too old for après ski

With spring in the air and restrictions on après ski eased in Europe’s top ski resorts, there’s never been a better time to let your hair down after a day on the slopes and celebrate the long-awaited return of ski... Read more

These custom-made skis cost more than a grand – but are they worth it?

At times my inelegant style didn’t quite live up to what was beneath me, but despite an influx of Britons this season, the slopes were quite clear and it didn’t take long to find a steep and fairly empty red... Read more

Montenegro? The overlooked ski destination with hardly any tourists

Our goal after four leisurely hours on foot was Konoba Lipovo, a cheese farm run by Milijanka Puletić and her family, where we were served a mountain of Montenegrin food: cured meats, turkey goulash, filo pastry nettle pie, stuffed peppers... Read more

The secret Swiss workshop that ski fanatics will love

Of the many bewildering subcategories of winter sports enthusiast, the easiest to discern are the two types of downhill skier. In a crowded gondola, a long time ago, do you remember propping your skis up on your boot to make... Read more

The epic (and cheaper) alternative to skiing in France you’ve probably never heard of

I set out to partly rectify this on my final day. While I couldn’t cover all the slopes in Zauchensee, the furthest point from my base in Alpendorf, I could tick off all the area had to offer in Flachau,... Read more

Ski destinations with the least Covid restrictions – ranked and rated

It’s not just Italy pulling back the curtain either. Austria is on track to drop the majority of its Covid measures this weekend – just in the nick of time for those eager to make the most of spring on... Read more

Hassle-free skiing is back – make the most of it before the season’s over

It’s not just Italy pulling back the curtain either. Austria is on track to drop the majority of its Covid measures this weekend – just in the nick of time for those eager to make the most of spring on... Read more

Snow report: Where to book a late-season ski holiday for the best conditions

For the first time since 2019 Britons can spring ski in North America, but it has been an odd winter there too. There was little snowfall anywhere until Christmas when massive storms buried Western ski areas several metres deep. Since... Read more

Reviewed: This season’s best ski gloves and mittens

There’s a massive range of gloves on offer for skiers and snowboarders this season, so where should you start if you’re looking to buy a new pair? Like all technical outdoor equipment, fit has to be at the top of... Read more

The world’s scariest ski runs – and how to conquer them like the pros

Lancashire-born skier Dave ‘The Rocket’ Ryding made history when he became the first Briton to ever win World Cup Alpine skiing gold on January 22 in Kitzbühel. Five years earlier he’d clinched second in the slalom event in the Austria... Read more

Dear Richard: ‘I’m attracted to a work colleague but she’s older than (and senior to) me’

Dear Richard, There’s a woman at work I would really like to get to know better but I don’t know the best way to approach her. We don’t work closely together but she is at a higher level than me;... Read more

Dear Richard: ‘I’m afraid to start skiing again’

Dear Richard, I am in my late 60s and generally in good health. For years we have booked a ski chalet in the February half term for my husband and me, our children and grandchildren. It’s a very happy time... Read more

Cool re-runnings: Jamaican skier slaloms his way into history after qualifying for Winter Olympics

Mr Alexander, who once worked in Hong Kong for an international financial company, told that he had spent “30-40 hours” plotting the races he needed to take part in and the times he needed to achieve to qualify for... Read more

Ski holidays in France ‘back on’ with Covid travel rules for Britons due to be relaxed this week

The French border closed to holidaymakers from the UK on December 18 as ministers in Paris sought to prevent the spread of the omicron variant, but since the decision the number of Covid cases in France has rocketed. Mr Attal... Read more

The secret to finding the perfect ski resort

Why Austria? If staying in a picturesque resort with a warm welcome is high priority, Austria will generally come up trumps. Many resorts have grown up around traditional farming villages and offer cosy hospitality and foot-stomping but friendly après (which has been... Read more

How will Covid travel restrictions affect my winter sun or ski holiday?

The winter holiday season was thrown into disarray with the emergency of the omicron variant. However, the UK Government has now rolled back the restrictions put in place to slow the spread of the highly contagious variant. Those travelling to... Read more

Reviewed: This season’s best ski boots

As you’d expect with modern ski boots, the latest and greatest models are bursting with special features. All have micro-adjustable buckles, for a truly honed hold, with curved Grip Walk soles as standard, or available as extra. They’re just one... Read more

Last-minute alternatives to ski holidays in the French Alps

Be warned though, while rules on entry to Switzerland have been eased the nation has adopted a ‘2G’ scheme. Similar to rules in neighbouring Austria, this means only people who have been vaccinated or have recovered from Covid will be... Read more

Why you should consider Scotland instead of the Alps for a ski holiday this winter

There are many common misconceptions about skiing in Scotland. “It’s not worth the long journey,” and “There’s no snow” were just some of the comments I received when I floated the idea with friends and family before my maiden voyage... Read more

Why lockdown-free Sweden could be your safest bet for a ski holiday

Extra curricular thrills If you begin to tire of downhill skiing, there is always the option of another of the Swedes’ favourite outdoor activities: cross-country skiing. Prepared routes abound, with 300 km of tracks around the Sälen area, almost 100... Read more

The world’s 50 best ski runs

Plateau Rosa to Plan Maison: Cervinia, Italy If you like wide, easy, motorway pistes, you’ll love Cervinia. It has more long, flattering runs than almost any other resort, most marked as red but more like gentle blue in reality. From... Read more

‘Closing is not an option’: French minister reassures British skiers, but mask rules will stay

British skiers heading to the French Alps this winter have been assured that their holidays will go ahead, despite a Covid resurgence on the Continent.  “Thanks to vaccinations and the health pass, closing is not an option,” said Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Minister... Read more

The true story of the world’s most famous ski run and why it’s at risk of disappearing

Both routes involve a killing skis-on-shoulder climb in ski boots – up 580 metal steps to the cable-car base station or 40-minute trudge up a steep snowy mountainside. The vertical ascent is particularly gruelling after negotiating the challenging off-piste descent... Read more