11 of the best winter adventures in Lombardy, Italy

Whether you’re looking for adrenalin-packed action or simply want to unwind in renowned thermal baths, consider the Lombard mountains for a future trip. 

A guide to hut-to-hut backcountry skiing in Europe

A centuries-old network of Alpine refuges is a favourite with skiers keen to overnight far from resort crowds.

Call of the wild: classic winter adventures in Japan's rugged north

Japan’s northernmost prefecture, Hokkaido, is also its wildest. As the brown bears enter hibernation and the locals get out their overcoats, the laid-back cities and volcanic landscape are coated in a blanket of snow and ice — perfect for adventurous snowshoeing, hearty dining and, for one week in early February, visiting the legendary Sapporo Snow Festival.

Beyond the slopes: three must-do activities in Zermatt, Switzerland

The pretty Swiss resort is well-known for its skiing, but offers a wealth of year-round activities, from discovering flora and fauna to culinary celebrations.

Top five new experiences in the Alps this season

Heading to the Alps this season? We bring you the coolest new happenings from the peaks.

Hot topic: will tough economic times bring an end to the traditional catered ski chalet?

Do currency fluctuations, Brexit fallout and increased staffing costs mean the end is nigh for the traditional catered ski holiday?

Where the pros go: ski racers, freestylers & Olympians reveal where to make tracks this season

We ask skiers and boarders who make their living on the snow, where they go to get the best runs, whether that’s for backcountry action, a spot of freeriding or simply on piste.

Lift off! A new, panoramic border-crossing link between Cervinia and Zermatt

The high-altitude Italian resort of Cervinia, in the lee of the magnificent Matterhorn, is set to be linked to the Swiss resort of Zermatt by a new cable car — opening up a mammoth year-round ski area that’s suitable for all abilities.

Can you ride Kicking Horse? Canada's pro-ski resort is now even bigger

Have you got what it takes to tackle the infamous inclines at Kicking Horse Mountain Resort? British Columbia’s pro-ski terrain has expanded to incorporate another perilous peak — an addictive prospect for expert skiers.

Svalbard: take a family adventure to the polar realm that inspired Philip Pullman's Northern Lights

A strange, snowy wilderness at the end of the world, Svalbard is a place of myth, legend and fairytale landscapes. It’s also a great place for a family adventure.

Gallic charmers: we reveal France's prettiest ski villages

Tired of brutalist French resorts? We reveal the ski destinations with mountains of Gallic charm.

Family ski: can small people tackle St Anton's legendary big slopes?

The cradle of alpine skiing, Austria’s St Anton am Arlberg proves to be a challenging yet rewarding resort for novice skiers who can keep their nerve.

Peak fun: six cool ideas for a family-friendly winter sports getaway

 Winter getaways are about challenging the family, but having fun while doing it. Here's our pick of the best snowy escapes.

Ski touring: the trend for ski-hiking uphill continues to climb

Ski touring is a trend that keeps on climbing. Crans-Montana in Switzerland has launched 15 new ski touring routes specifically aimed at the growing number of skiers who prefer to go uphill.

Mountain matchmaker: the best peaks for pro skiers, spa lovers and more

Going to the mountains with a mixed ability group? With resorts diversifying beyond downhill, there’s never been a better time to find a slope to suit everyone.

Wild luxury and excellent skiing: a winter in the Valais

Looking for pristine mountains, miles of wide, empty pistes and some of the most out-of-this-world luxury in the Alps? Choose to go VIP in the Swiss ski resort of Valais.

Cut-price peaks: how to plan a ski trip on a budget

Is it still possible to snag a cheap winter sports break? From choosing accommodation to picking the best time to book, we reveal the tried and tested methods to making your ski trip more affordable.

Could Arosa Lenzerheide be Switzerland's ultimate family ski destinations?

With six dedicated children’s areas, snow gardens like Honeyland Prätschli and a multitude of gentle blue pistes, Arosa Lenzerheide is the ultimate family-friendly ski destination.

Glaciers, alpine towns and mountain railways: exploring Lucerne and beyond

For a winter break that's not just about skiing, explore the resorts around Lucerne, where fairytail Swiss castles meet towering mountain peaks.