I’ve visited over 100 ski resorts in France – and this one is the best

Dave Watts rates Courchevel as the best ski resort in France – Dave Watts / Courchevel Tourisme I first visited Courchevel on my first ski holiday, in 1978, when I stayed in a chalet in neighboring Méribel. Towards the end of the week my friends convinced me to take the gondola to the top of … Read more

How Europe’s southernmost ski area cracked the code for the perfect ski holiday

Despite its southern location, the sk resort in the Sierra Nevada is one of the highest in Europe Stand at the top of Europe’s southernmost ski resort and on a clear day you can glimpse Morocco in the distance, hundreds of miles across the Mediterranean. In the foreground, the vast brown plains of Andalusia stretch … Read more

Inside the American cowboy town that became a multi-million dollar ski resort

Steamboat has gone from a small border town to a big-dollar ski resort, thanks to a recent $200 million investment “Do you hear that sound?” asked my host Ray Heid, sun-wrinkled and dressed in his signature cowboy hat and homemade moosehide duster, as he turned and looked up at a plane flying through the brilliant … Read more

Within Whistler, North America’s largest ski area

Whistler Blackcomb is the largest and busiest ski area in North America – Ben Girardi/Tourism Whistler In the mountains of British Columbia lives a rather noisy mammal, the gray marmot, which, when alarmed by predators, emits a shrill whistle. Whistler Blackcomb – the largest and busiest ski area in North America – owes its name … Read more

The ongoing nightmare of ski transfers – and why they’re getting worse

Traffic is at an all-time high thanks to falling snow and protesting farmers – JEAN-PIERRE CLATOT/AFP via Getty Rare is the skier who has not sat bored and tired for hours in the back of a bus, minibus or taxi, stuck in a traffic jam on the way from an airport to a ski resort. … Read more

An expert guide to Banff ski vacations

Banff is the province of Alberta in Canada, high in the Canadian Rocky Mountains What can be a bit confusing for first-time visitors to Banff, which is located in the province of Alberta in Canada, is that there are no slopes in Banff itself. The name refers both to the lively town where most people … Read more

An expert guide to ski holidays in Saas-Fee

Saas Fee is a beautiful small, traffic-free village in the Swiss Alps – stephane jaquemet The beautiful little, traffic-free village of Saas-Fee looks a bit like a small Zermatt with its dark wooden chalets, and is surrounded by beautiful glaciers and mountain peaks, including the Dom – the highest mountain entirely in Switzerland. The ski … Read more

in the faded Swiss resort making a glamorous comeback

Crans-Montana is having a moment – Patrick Gueller What connects football superstar Lionel Messi, A-lister George Clooney and TV personality Chloe Madeley? No, it’s not the surprise line-up for the next celebrity reality TV series, but they are all patrons of Crans-Montana – the Swiss ski resort that is making a remarkable comeback after falling … Read more