Val D Isere

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 View of the road after the race was stopped during the 19th stage of the Tour de France  between Saint Jean de Maurienne and Tignes. Photograph: Yoan Valat/EPA

Colombian Egan Bernal was catapulted into the overall lead of the Tour de France in dramatic circumstances on Friday as the 19th stage of the race, ef(...)

Conor Pope in Val d’Isère: “I start barrelling down the final slope on my final day in the French Alps in a style and manner which –I presume – makes me look the spit of James Bond fleeing baddies and try to banish the unwelcome thoughts of crunching teeth.”

As the gentle swish of powdery snow is suddenly and alarmingly replaced by the hard crunch of skis sliding over compacted ice, it brings to mind the s(...)

Resorts such as Aime La Plagne Club Med in France offers kids’ clubs and activities such as sledding to keep little ones amused. Photograph: Getty Images

Best for friends St Anton, Austria St Anton is famed for its snow conditions, off-piste, night skiing and its après scene. Skiing here can be challe(...)

You will end up with a mouthful or ski-pants-ful of snow at some point. But beginner falls usually result in more bruises to your dignity than to your body. Photograph: Adie Bush/Getty Images

Do you struggle to see the attraction of skiing? Do you shudder a little when friends recount their escapades on the slopes? If the idea of a snow hol(...)

Enjoy a week-long holiday for four people in a ski-in ski-out chalet in Val d’Isere, France

If you’ve been inspired by our ski special, here’s your chance to win a trip for four people to the French Alps this winter. The Irish Times, in part(...)

Pick of the piste: Les Fermes du Mont Blanc Combloux, part of the Megeve ski area of the French Alps

The Alpine region accounts for the world’s largest ski market, attracting about 44 per cent of global ski visitors annually. The USA is the world’s l(...)