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How is skiing in Canada as the pandemic eases? 2 resorts in British Columbia put to the test

Veteran skier Alf Alderson visits two British Columbia mountain resorts known for their formidable slopes to see how they’re dealing with the aftermath of Covid-19 – and comes away more than satisfied.

Veteran skier Alf Alderson visits two British Columbia mountain resorts known for their formidable slopes to see how they’re dealing with the aftermath of Covid-19 – and comes away more than satisfied.

21 Mar 2022 - 7:02PM
Avalanche dogs: up close with the canine lifesavers as they train with their masters in the French Alps

St Bernards were the original alpine rescue dogs, but they’ve been bred too big and hairy for the job. So it is Belgian and German shepherds and border collies we drop on in as they train in the French Alps with their handlers.

St Bernards were the original alpine rescue dogs, but they’ve been bred too big and hairy for the job. So it is Belgian and German shepherds and border collies we drop on in as they train in the French Alps with their handlers.

12 Jan 2020 - 6:34PM
Three of the best cycling and outdoor apps for adventurous travellers, for local knowledge, the best trails and to find companions

Looking for the best off-piste skiing, some expert local knowledge, or a bike trail for all the family? These apps will point the way.

Looking for the best off-piste skiing, some expert local knowledge, or a bike trail for all the family? These apps will point the way.

12 Dec 2019 - 3:00PM
No-sweat skiing: Bluetooth-ready clothes that regulate body temperature – and a ski glove you can use to make and receive phone calls

A smart jacket that pumps sweat away, a mid-layer that activates a heater to warm you up, heat-retaining leggings – this is wearable tech for skiers. There’s even a glove that doubles as a phone.

A smart jacket that pumps sweat away, a mid-layer that activates a heater to warm you up, heat-retaining leggings – this is wearable tech for skiers. There’s even a glove that doubles as a phone.

1 Dec 2019 - 7:49PM
Skiing in Georgia – fewer people and a fraction of the cost of the Alps

From the remote Tetnuldi, renowned for its challenging off-piste terrain, to Gudauri, with an array of wide, open intermediate pistes, skiers and snowboarders of every level will find something that sets the heart racing.

From the remote Tetnuldi, renowned for its challenging off-piste terrain, to Gudauri, with an array of wide, open intermediate pistes, skiers and snowboarders of every level will find something that sets the heart racing.

25 Apr 2019 - 8:00PM
Why longboard surfing is making a comeback, especially in Asia and among women

Longboarding, the traditional form of surfing, is seeing a resurgence in surf spots around the globe, with everyone from beginners to experts learning to appreciate the greater stability and smooth, flowing technique.

Longboarding, the traditional form of surfing, is seeing a resurgence in surf spots around the globe, with everyone from beginners to experts learning to appreciate the greater stability and smooth, flowing technique.

18 Feb 2019 - 6:56PM
Ski at the hotel from The Shining, then move on to uncrowded slopes, on Oregon-Idaho road trip

Timberline Lodge was the setting for Stanley Kubrick’s horror classic. From there you can travel to Idaho, stopping off to ski on untouched powdery snow.

Timberline Lodge was the setting for Stanley Kubrick’s horror classic. From there you can travel to Idaho, stopping off to ski on untouched powdery snow.

10 Dec 2018 - 6:37AM
Skiing in Norway: stunning Senja Island boasts perfect slopes, even if you have to climb them yourself

The Scandinavian country’s second largest island offers powder-soft snow and spectacular scenery without the crowds. Why? Because you have to walk to the summit

The Scandinavian country’s second largest island offers powder-soft snow and spectacular scenery without the crowds. Why? Because you have to walk to the summit

1 Dec 2018 - 1:00PM
Ski touring: why it’s growing more popular, and five essentials you need to go off piste

It’s the purest form of skiing – you hike uphill on skis, then ski back down. We take you through the kit you need, and recommend some best buys; skis, boots, bindings, rescue kit and backpack – we’ve got you covered.

It’s the purest form of skiing – you hike uphill on skis, then ski back down. We take you through the kit you need, and recommend some best buys; skis, boots, bindings, rescue kit and backpack – we’ve got you covered.

17 Nov 2018 - 6:51PM
How an electric bike can improve your fitness, and four of the best places to ride one

The combination of ease and fun is making the popularity of e-bikes soar. Mountain biking purists may call it cheating, but you’ll probably ride for longer and explore places you wouldn’t usually have the energy to get to.

The combination of ease and fun is making the popularity of e-bikes soar. Mountain biking purists may call it cheating, but you’ll probably ride for longer and explore places you wouldn’t usually have the energy to get to.

7 Oct 2018 - 4:55PM
Surfing then and now in southwest France: 40 years of Biarritz breaks and beers

In the 1970s surfers were greeted with bemusement on the beaches of France’s Atlantic coast; now it’s the cars without surfboards on that stand out at this stop on the World Surf League tour – but the innocence has been lost.

In the 1970s surfers were greeted with bemusement on the beaches of France’s Atlantic coast; now it’s the cars without surfboards on that stand out at this stop on the World Surf League tour – but the innocence has been lost.

30 Sep 2018 - 5:35PM
Don’t read this if you’re scared of heights or water: packrafting along the world’s highest aqueduct in a 2kg boat

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in North Wales is not for the faint-hearted. It is the highest navigable aqueduct on the planet. To reach it you need to carry a boat up into the mountains of Snowdonia, then inflate your vessel, get in and enjoy the view.

Pontcysyllte Aqueduct in North Wales is not for the faint-hearted. It is the highest navigable aqueduct on the planet. To reach it you need to carry a boat up into the mountains of Snowdonia, then inflate your vessel, get in and enjoy the view.

21 Aug 2018 - 6:17PM
New cycling trend: how gravel bikes are opening up remote terrain as never before – and the best places to go ‘bikepacking’

Better suited to unpaved tracks than a road bike and lighter than a mountain bike, gravel bikes let you ‘bikepack’ long – or short – distances in remote areas such as the Caucasus, Central Asia, the French Alps and the US Midwest.

Better suited to unpaved tracks than a road bike and lighter than a mountain bike, gravel bikes let you ‘bikepack’ long – or short – distances in remote areas such as the Caucasus, Central Asia, the French Alps and the US Midwest.

30 Jul 2018 - 5:39PM
Beginner surfing hotspots: six perfect locations to catch your first wave

You will feel no greater freedom then riding your first wave. Getting to the point where you can actually stand on a board, however, can be a bit tricky. Here are six places that are perfect to learn the sport

You will feel no greater freedom then riding your first wave. Getting to the point where you can actually stand on a board, however, can be a bit tricky. Here are six places that are perfect to learn the sport

12 May 2018 - 7:33PM
Explainer: the thrills of ice climbing and how to get started – just a sense of adventure needed

From China to the Canadian Rockies, ice climbing is a popular niche in the mountaineering world. We talk to the people who find joy in scaling frozen waterfalls and ice-coated crags as they make their sub-zero ascents

From China to the Canadian Rockies, ice climbing is a popular niche in the mountaineering world. We talk to the people who find joy in scaling frozen waterfalls and ice-coated crags as they make their sub-zero ascents

11 Mar 2018 - 9:38AM
Ski touring in Japan: explore the wilderness around Hakuba Valley, an ideal training ground for beginners

If you long for thigh-deep powder and untouched runs, look no further than ski touring. The activity takes you away from the resorts, and gets you climbing mountains and speeding down them, all while you are strapped in

If you long for thigh-deep powder and untouched runs, look no further than ski touring. The activity takes you away from the resorts, and gets you climbing mountains and speeding down them, all while you are strapped in

20 Feb 2018 - 11:13PM
How to stay safe and warm on the piste. Here’s the latest gear for a safe skiing trip

From an avalanche safety bag that inflates in three seconds and anti-fog goggles, to heated socks and boot warmers, this season’s ski gear has a tech focus offering protection and comfort

From an avalanche safety bag that inflates in three seconds and anti-fog goggles, to heated socks and boot warmers, this season’s ski gear has a tech focus offering protection and comfort

20 Jul 2018 - 2:55PM
A train and ski geek goes off piste in remote Switzerland

How the magnificent Graubünden region – and Gay Ski Week – leaves a train nerd fabulously happy

How the magnificent Graubünden region – and Gay Ski Week – leaves a train nerd fabulously happy

16 Feb 2017 - 5:29PM
Freeriding: everything you need to know about this winter’s coolest sport

Huge improvements in ski equipment enable recreational skiers to make serious forays into wild terrain, once the exclusive territory of ‘experts’. Here’s where to buy the best gear

Huge improvements in ski equipment enable recreational skiers to make serious forays into wild terrain, once the exclusive territory of ‘experts’. Here’s where to buy the best gear

20 Jul 2018 - 8:46PM
Sleep like a climber - halfway up an Alpine cliff face

Long used by mountaineers, a canvas and metal portaledge attached to a mountain above Annecy in France overs unforgettable views of the sunrise. It's not for the faint-hearted, or fidgeters

Long used by mountaineers, a canvas and metal portaledge attached to a mountain above Annecy in France overs unforgettable views of the sunrise. It's not for the faint-hearted, or fidgeters

9 Sep 2016 - 12:32PM
27 Feb 2016 - 10:41PM
From electric fat biking to ice climbing: seven alternative winter sports

These days, ski resorts are not just about skiing – most offer a whole range of options for those who want a break from the slopes

These days, ski resorts are not just about skiing – most offer a whole range of options for those who want a break from the slopes

18 Feb 2016 - 6:00AM
Top 7 heliski destinations in Asia, Europe that won't break the bank, and one that might

OK, you can never call a skiing trip a budget holiday, but heliskiing - where a helicopter drops you at the top of a mountain and you ski down - doesn't always cost a fortune.

OK, you can never call a skiing trip a budget holiday, but heliskiing - where a helicopter drops you at the top of a mountain and you ski down - doesn't always cost a fortune.

2 Mar 2016 - 12:40PM
Six must-have items if you're going skiing or snowboarding this winter

From gloves to goggles, jackets to long johns, you need well-designed, innovative equipment. Here's our pick of what's available in Hong Kong and online

From gloves to goggles, jackets to long johns, you need well-designed, innovative equipment. Here's our pick of what's available in Hong Kong and online

22 Oct 2015 - 4:32PM
Ride the waves of world's first inland surf lagoon

Surf Snowdonia in the Welsh mountains provides very respectable rides of up to 18 seconds.

Surf Snowdonia in the Welsh mountains provides very respectable rides of up to 18 seconds.

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