Ski: a gourmet guide to the slopes

We’re firm believers that the best way to a skier’s heart is through their tummy, so here’s our guide to ski towns where food will take centre stage this winter

Ten of this winter’s most exciting resorts (and when to visit them)

Even the most dedicated powder hounds know that there’s more to a ski holiday than just carving up the slopes. From comedy and culinary festivals to ice climbing and hot air ballooning, here are Gabriella Le Breton’s top tips for which resorts are particularly hot this winter — and when it’s best to visit them

Weekend break: Geneva

Though one of the smallest cities in the world, Geneva packs in luxury shopping, superb restaurants, spas and mountains views — and all just an hour’s flight away. Perfect for a weekend break, says Alice Tate

Switzerland: Wellness and Spa Hotel Ermitage Schonried, Gstaad

With spellbinding views of snow-capped peaks, a serene spa and plenty of Swiss charm, this stylish hotel is perfect for an escape in the mountains, says Ianthe Butt

The highs and highers of the Tour de France

It’s one of the toughest races in the world covering more than 2,000 miles in 21 days. This year’s Tour de France will once again push contestants to the limit, with seven mountain stages, four of them in the French Alps. Gavin Green gets on his bike and experiences the gruelling course first hand

Six of the best ski resorts for late season snow

It’s still not too late to hit the slopes. While some resorts start winding down in March, there are others that are covered in the white stuff as late as May. Sunshine Flint picks six reliable spring snow spots

Geneva: Mandarin Oriental

Whether you're in Geneva for business or for the pleasures of the city's sights and shopping, the Mandarin Oriental makes for a calm and luxurious base, says Lucy Thackray

Five ways to see the real Geneva

The booming business and banking city isn't all five-star hotels and flash restaurants — its efficient tram system can take you to many hidden treasures, says Lucy Thackray

Never too late to learn to ski?

How hard is it for a 50-something scaredy-cat to get over his fear of action holidays and try something new? Thanks to some firm persuasion from his wife, ski novice Tim Lott is about to find out in the Swiss Alps

What's your skiing stereotype?

Skiers: are you a Backcountry Clubber, Lycra Lad or Creche-test Dummy? Find out which and where should you go to enjoy the snow