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Winter sports: Our favourite things

Having skied here, toured there, and fallen on our faces pretty much everywhere, here are some helpful tips we thought we'd share.

By National Geographic Traveller (UK)
Published 9 Sept 2017, 16:00 BST, Updated 12 Jul 2021, 10:57 BST
Hahnenkamm-Race, Austria.
Hahnenkamm-Race, Austria.

App: Ski Club snow reports

What: This revamped app from Ski Club of Great Britain has nine-day forecasts and snow reports spanning 250 resorts, plus daily updates on pistes and lifts.
Snow business: Alerts you to events in your resort, and local discounts.
Favourite feature? The live piste webcams. Available for download for Apple and Android devices
Amelia Dugganz

In numbers: Hahnenkamm-Race

14-21 Jan 2018 Elite powder-shredders take on the Strief in Kitzbuhel, Austria
85mph The speed racers hit on the 'Zielschuss' part of the course
85% The grade of the steepest bit of the course, the 'Mausefalle'
5,463ft The staggering height of the Streif
1:51.58 Quickest time for the two-mile course (Fritz Strobl,1997). 
Stephanie Cavagnaro

Big air

New Swiss airline Powdair is to begin flights on 14 December from six UK airports to Sion, a Swiss Alpine city with easy access to key resorts. 
Pat Riddell

Green runs

Is your ride sustainable? It will be if you order from Brit firm Nix Snowsport Co. Its bespoke skis and boards use carbon-reinforced bamboo for cores and sidewalls, non-toxic bioresin, and as much recycled, repurposed and upscaled materials as possible. Skis from £795; boards from £495.
Sarah Barrell

Go for gold

Four nights. 12 guests. One Olympian
Be one of the lucky dozen people joining former Olympic skier Graham Bell on a heliskiing adventure in Italy. From £1,875. 
Josephine Price

R.I.P Ueli Steck

The legendary Swiss speed climber died earlier this year while preparing to climb Everest. 
Sarah Barrell

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