Always popular in central Europe, the enthusiasm for skiing among foreign tourists, including people from Britain and Ireland, has contributed to busier slopes

Hours after Michael Schumacher left his chalet last Sunday in the French ski resort of Méribel, the retired Formula One champion was once again front (...)

The Dent de Burgin peak in the French ski resort of Meribel, under which German retired Formula One driver Michael Schumacher reportedly had a skiing accident. Photograph: Jean-Pierre Clatot/AFP/Getty Images

December is the start of the ski season but the accumulation of snow that builds through the winter months has only just begun. Lower slopes can be ba(...)