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  • Eleanor Bashes Alps With 5-10 FEET of Snow, 100 MPH Winds

    on 5th Jan 2018

    Multiple feet of snow have fallen in the French and Swiss Alps, and next week looks to bring another 2 to 4 feet of snow and rain as winter storm Eleanor continues to batter Europe. Hurricane force winds from Storm ...
  • What's new for ski resorts in Europe in 2017

    on 20th Oct 2017

    The pick of the major ski resort developments for 2017/18 – ski area expansion, record-breaking lifts and family fun on new toboggan rides. Massive transformation for Brit favourite Val d’Isère, France The last two seasons have seen the Solaise area ...
  • Tour de France 2018 route revealed

    on 17th Oct 2017

    The route of the 2018 Tour de France has been revealed in Paris, with organiser ASO continuing a blend of tradition and innovation as they look to shake up the racing and seemingly make it harder for Team Sky and ...
  • Courchevel — What's New for 2018?

    on 28th Sep 2017

    With only 72 days until Courchevel opens for the winter season, we’re exploring what’s new for 2018 in this highly popular resort. Improved Slope Conditions with 115 state-of-the-art eco-friendly snow makers Located in Les 3 Vallées, the largest ski area ...
  • The 15 best ski resorts in the world

    on 12th Sep 2017

    Winter is fast approaching, but there's no need to feel blue about the colder temperatures and shorter days. After all, the winter months bring holidays, festivities and, most importantly, the ski season! See also: Alternative places to ski this season ...
  • Take Refuge in the Alps

    on 14th Aug 2017

    ‘The most desolate place on Earth’ is how Mary Shelley described Chamonix’s Mer de Glace Glacier in her diary in 1816. In fact, Frankenstein’s author found the ‘Sea of Ice’ so bleak and foreboding she used it as the setting ...
  • Tour de France 2017 route and map: A full look at this year’s course

    on 1st Jul 2017

    The 2017 Tour de France gets underway bright and early on Saturday, and the route is an interesting one. The course should result in different strategies from recent years, due to the record low in time trial kilometers and only ...
  • The Annecy Festival: Animation in the Alps

    on 14th Jun 2017

    The French Alpine town of Annecy is the equivalent of Cannes when it comes to animated movies. And the world premiere of ‘Despicable Me 3’ was just one highlight of the 2017 edition of the Annecy Animation Festival - an ...
  • 10 of the best new summer activitiy holidays in the Alps

    on 5th Jun 2017

    Les Arcs bike trail, Mont Blanc, France Car-free family ski resort and outdoor activity base Arc 1950 has opened another bike route for the summer, one that goes through the centre of the village – so if staying in the ...
  • Skiers petition Eurostar to add another weekend train to the Alps

    on 19th May 2017

    A petition to launch a new Sunday ski train direct from London to the French Alps has passed the half-way point on its mission to record 1,000 signatures. Once the target is reached a proposal will be officially submitted to ...
  • Forget Skiing: Alternative Activities To Enjoy In The Alps

    on 2nd May 2017

    Not a great skier? Or just sick of hitting the slopes? There's so much more to the Alps than just swishing, schussing and pivoting down the piste. Here are some fun activities that will get your adrenaline pumping without having ...
  • Red Bull X-Alps 2017: 1,238km route announced

    on 29th Mar 2017

    Red Bull X-Alps is undoubtedly the world's toughest adventure race, and it's back on July 2, 2017, for the eighth edition. Competitors must travel by foot or paraglider across the most extreme terrains – Racing from Salzburg in Austria all ...
  • Is This the Coolest hut in the World?

    on 23rd Mar 2017

    The alps are riddled with rad alpine huts that give us outdoor-centric people access to incredible skiing and climbing. But this little hut (or bivvy) might just be our favorite. The Bivouac des Périades is small but mighty, and sits ...
  • Can you have a cheap holiday in Courchevel?

    on 14th Mar 2017

    Can you have a cheap holiday in Courchevel? An affordable holiday in the exclusive ski resort is more achievable than you think. Courchevel is one of the world's most prestigious ski resorts, home to more luxury chalets and hotels than ...
  • Best activities for non-skiers to do in Courchevel and Meribel

    on 14th Mar 2017

    Best activities for non-skiers to do in Courchevel and Meribel The Trois Vallees' best activities that don't involve skiing
  • How to Stay Safe From Avalanches When Skiing in the Alps

    on 9th Mar 2017

    A snowboarder has been killed and two others are missing after an avalanche struck the French resort of Valfréjus. The three visitors from the Netherlands were riding in an off-piste area on Tuesday afternoon when the accident happened. A helicopter ...
  • Drone helps Alps search and rescue teams

    on 3rd Mar 2017

    A drone that can fly into the world's deepest crevasses could help save the lives of mountaineers. Swiss company Flyability said its robot, called Elios, can reach places too dangerous for humans. It joined forces with the Zermatt Glacier Mountain ...
  • Prince William and Kate Middleton's Favorite Alpine Ski Area is Courchevel

    on 18th Feb 2017

    The resorts and ski areas of the Alps have long attracted actors, celebrities, and socialites of every stripe from around the world. In recent years, one name in particular has stuck out: Courchevel. Filled with luxury resorts, this area in ...
  • Alpine ski resorts could lose up to 70% of snow cover by 2100

    on 17th Feb 2017

    Alpine ski resorts are facing the loss of up to 70% of their snow cover by the end of the century, experts have warned. Even in the best-case scenarios, global warming is likely to see snowfall replaced by rain across ...
  • Experience the Alpine high life with the world’s highest zip wire in Val Thorens

    on 15th Feb 2017

    The world’s highest zip wire. Francis, our ski guide, brings us to an abrupt stop next to a little wooden hut on the edge of a mountain. “Now we will go over there,” he proclaims, gesticulating across the expansive, white ...
  • 10 Reasons to choose the French Alps for your next Cycling Holiday

    on 10th Feb 2017

    I don’t know a fat from a thin (tyre, that is) and I wouldn’t attempt to extol the virtues of a Bianchi over a Cervelo. I haven’t fought hard up a col, don’t own a pair of fash cycling shorts ...
  • Half-term skiers rejoice as Alps wallow in snow

    on 10th Feb 2017

    British skiers heading to the Alps next week will benefit from some of the best conditions of the season, while rumours abound of the finest February half-term snow in years. Resorts in France and Switzerland were preparing for heavy snow ...
  • Michelin Guide 2017 - 2 more 2 stars for Courchevel

    on 10th Feb 2017

    Just announced - two more Courchevel restaurants have achieved Two Michelin stars this morning in the Michelin Guide 2017 awards. Restaurants Le Montgomerie and Kintessence have now achieved the second highest accolade in the Michelin Guide. Both restaurants can are ...
  • The 10 best destinations for big ski areas

    on 8th Feb 2017

    These vast playgrounds are perfect for racking up the miles or exploring huge swathes of untouched backcountry. All you have to do is choose where to set up base camp. Unless stated otherwise, prices are per person, half board, based ...
  • Driving to the Alps for a ski holiday? Here’s what you need to know

    on 6th Feb 2017

    You’ve washed those musty long johns, crammed all your skiing gear into the car, topped up the antifreeze and finally remembered where you put the kids’ passports. You’re all set to make that long drive across Europe, but will you ...
  • Snow storm to hit the Alps this weekend

    on 2nd Feb 2017

    The third big dump of snow this season looks like it's heading our way this weekend, with a forecast showing up to nearly 1 metre in places. From the Swiss and French alps all the way down to Isola 200 ...
  • Late snow gives extreme sport a boost

    on 29th Jan 2017

    An ultra-dry start to the ski season in The Alps could be behind the rise of another sport a little more alternative. Whilst huge falls of snow have now blanketed European ski resorts, December produced the least of it in ...
  • France moves to protect Alps version of raclette from cheesy fakes

    on 27th Jan 2017

    Photo: Alex Toulemonde/ Flickr Pretenders to the (cheese) throne should fear Friday’s news that the Savoy raclette is now officially enshrined on the EU register of protected geographical indicators (PGI’s). This means that the next time you order a “raclette ...
  • "Fantastic" Snow Conditions in French Resorts

    on 12th Jan 2017

    Despite reports of (possible, partial) water bans due to drought in (parts) of the French Alps made in some UK national media, conditions are actually not bad at all and getting better with some fresh snow in the last few ...
  • Swiss Alps Has Least Snowfall for Skiing in a Century

    on 10th Jan 2017

    The ski season is a month shorter than it was four decades ago because of changing snowfall patterns. Switzerland Just Had the Worst Month for Skiing in 100 Years For the third year in a row, the search for Alpine ...
  • What's on in January in Courchevel

    on 9th Jan 2017

    The new year has arrived in typical Courchevel style, January is signalling cold temperatures and fresh snow to lift everyone's spirits. So as resolutions are conveniently forgotten and the pub is chosen over the gym, here are the best tips ...
  • Up to 1.2m/4 Feet of Snow In Alps

    on 8th Jan 2017

    After what one resort reported as ’50 Dry Days’ the weather has changed in the Alps bringing snow – in varying quantities – the different parts of the mountains, along with in some cases strong winds and very low temperatures ...
  • A Foot Of Snow Forecast For The Alps

    on 2nd Jan 2017

    Forecasters are predicting widespread snowfall over much of the Alps on Wednesday and Thursday January 4th and 5th this week. Similar forecasts by some a fortnight, with more dramatic predictions up to five feet of snow at Zermatt spectacularly failed ...
  • Forest fire rages in southern Swiss Alps

    on 28th Dec 2016

    Difficult terrain and strong winds are make it hard for firefighters to contain the fire (Keystone/Ti-Press) Roads had to be closed and people evacuated due to a forest fire in the southeastern Swiss canton of Graubünden. Strong winds are making ...
  • Beginner Skiing in Courchevel

    on 27th Dec 2016

    Coming to a ski resort for the first time as a beginner skier or snowboarder can be a bit daunting, especially if this is your first ski holiday in Courchevel. With a little bit of locals know-how, we've got some ...
  • Zacher and Flisar repeat victories at FIS Ski Cross World Cup

    on 22nd Dec 2016

    Germany’s Heidi Zacher and Slovenia’s Filip Flisar won the respective men’s and women’s races at the International Ski Federation (FIS) Ski Cross World Cup in Italian town Innichen, repeating their victories from yesterday. Zacher triumphed in the women’s big final ...
  • FIS Alpine World Cup in Courchevel cancelled due to strong winds

    on 20th Dec 2016

    Today's leg of the women's International Ski Federation (FIS) Alpine World Cup in Courchevel has been cancelled due to strong winds. Giant slalom action began at the French resort with the action initially postponed after 19 skiers had descended. A ...
  • Monaco brings stars to Courchevel

    on 19th Dec 2016

    The largest waterpark in Europe is now also home to a brand new Stars'n'Bars restaurant straight from the south coast and the shores of the principality of Monaco. Stars'n'Bars Monaco opened its doors in 1993 in the heart of Monte-Carlo ...
  • Big Pre-Christmas Snow Forecast For The Alps

    on 17th Dec 2016

    Forecasts of up to 1.5m (five feet) of snow falling on ski slopes in the Alps seem to be ‘firming up.’ The various snow forecasting agencies are predicting snow will start falling on Monday and Tuesday and that by early ...
  • What's on at Christmas & New Year in Courchevel 2016-17

    on 15th Dec 2016

    Christmas in Courchevel can be magical, the flickering fairy lights, touch lit descents, a visit from Santa, the cold nighttime air, all set to an alpine backdrop and a guaranteed white Christmas that will have you skiing come December 25th. ...
  • Incredible cliffside hotel proposed for the Alps

    on 15th Dec 2016

    Hugging an rugged cliffside, and with a striking glass facade and helipad, Hotel in Alps could serve as the villain lair in a James Bond film. The concept for the building, the work of Dubai-based designer Andrii Rozhko, is inspired ...
  • Walking a Highline Above a Glacier in the Alps

    on 14th Dec 2016

    Highlining hundreds of feet above a glacier in the highest mountains of Europe is absolutely insane—and captivatingly beautiful. Faith Dickey, Alain Custovic, Bernhard Witz, and friends rigged and walked 285-foot line between two rock spires in the Mont Blanc Massif. ...
  • The Quieter Side of Courchevel

    on 14th Dec 2016

    One of the world’s greatest resorts, home to more luxury chalets and hotels than any other, and part of Les 3 Valleés, the world’s biggest ski area, everything about Courchevel is pretty impressive. It also has a reputation as one ...
  • Ski destinations where the food's as good as the slopes

    on 13th Dec 2016

    Dollops of healthy exercise, lungfuls of fresh mountain air and sparkling peaks make the ideal ingredients for a hearty alpine appetite. But sometimes the recipe for a perfect mountain meal needs to run to champagne and caviar rather than more ...
  • Tracks to the Alps – via Paris Overnight

    on 13th Dec 2016

    By stopping over a night in Paris on a rail journey to the Alps, you can have a relaxing journey and reach resorts even earlier. The normal thinking, when travelling to a ski resort, is to get there as quickly ...
  • Steep (game) review

    on 9th Dec 2016

    Steep’s dramatic recreation of the Swiss Alps is enormous. Activate the map view and you can fly around a vast 3D model of its snowy peaks, then pick a drop point and transition seamlessly into the game. The technology is ...
  • Moonline — night skiing in the Alps on LED-lined skis

    on 5th Dec 2016

    Moon Line is a project featuring Professional skier Mathieu Bijasson and focuses on his new outlook on life. With the arrival of his daughter and his new role as a father, Mathieu takes this passion and love for life and ...
  • 'Goat man' wins prize after living as an animal in the Alps for three days

    on 23rd Sep 2016

    A man who lived as a goat in the Alps for three days has won an Ig Nobel prize. Thomas Thwaites, 35, from London, was awarded the spoof biology prize at the alternative Nobel awards ceremony at Harvard University, after ...
  • Ten reasons to go skiing this December

    on 23rd Sep 2016

    If you're anything like us here at the Ski Club, you'll be itching to get your skis back on as soon as possible. So why not look at booking that early-season ski holiday this winter? Here are 10 very good ...
  • Could Radar Protect Against Avalanches?

    on 20th Sep 2016

    Snow-covered mountains are beautiful to look at and fun to ski or snowboard. But when snow becomes unstable, it can crash down a mountainside with frightening, lethal fury. About 30 people die each year in avalanches in the French Alps, ...
  • 5,800-Year-Old Snowshoe Kept in Office as a Keepsake by its Finder is Oldest in the World

    on 14th Sep 2016

    A crude snowshoe dating back about 5,800 years has been turned over to authorities after an Italian cartographer found it near where the ice mummy of Otzi the Iceman, a Neolithic hunter slain some 500 years later, was discovered in ...
  • French Alps cable cars tourists rescued

    on 9th Sep 2016

    At least 33 tourists who spent a cold Thursday night trapped in several cable cars high above the French Alps have been rescued, officials say. The tourists were suspended above the glaciers of Mont Blanc at an altitude of about ...
  • Man who sprained ankle and got lost in Alps led back to safety by cat

    on 1st Sep 2016

    This mysterious cat proved to be a life-saver for one hiker who got lost in the Alps (Picture: Reddit) If you needed any more proof of why a cat really is a man’s best friend – here it is. A ...
  • 5 Reasons To Explore the Alps in Summer

    on 25th Aug 2016

    The Alps elicit images of powder covered fir trees, snowy mountain peaks, strapping on skiis and making your way down the mountain to be greeted with a bit of Après Ski (translated as ‘after ski’ and therefore basically meaning alcohol). ...
  • Skydiver and BASE jumper dies in wingsuit crash in French Alps

    on 23rd Aug 2016

    Legendary skydiver and BASE jumper Alexander Polli has died in the French Alps during a wingsuit jump. The Italian-Norwegian national crashed headfirst into a tree shortly after 11am on Monday while jumping in the Couloir Ensa near Chamonix, mountain rescue ...
  • Mars and Saturn over the Alps

    on 22nd Aug 2016

    Roland Küng, a professor in the School of Engineering at Zurich University of Applied Sciences, submitted this photo. He wrote: You see the world famous Eiger North Face in Grindelwald, Switzerland. Saturn and Mars are sitting over the Jungfrau mountain. ...
  • Here's What the Iceman Was Wearing When He Died 5,300 Years Ago

    on 18th Aug 2016

    Since the discovery of Ötzi the Iceman in a European glacier in 1991, scientists have recovered a wealth of information from his 5,300-year-old mummified remains: The brown-eyed, gap-toothed, tattooed man most likely spent his 40-odd years farming and herding, and ...
  • Instagram snapshots: Jannik Obenhoff high on the Austria-Germany border

    on 17th Aug 2016

    This photographer from Munich is just 16 years old, but already a dab hand at capturing the Alpine landscapes close to his home city and over the border in Austria
  • Taking the high road: Traversing the Alps by Europe's highest pass

    on 15th Aug 2016

    Get daily updates directly to your inbox + Subscribe Thank you for subscribing! Could not subscribe, try again later Invalid Email Here’s the thing – I’m at 2,500m and I’m riding pretty much as hard as I can up a ...
  • The Finest Climbing Routes in the Alps: Aiguille Verte

    on 12th Aug 2016

    The jagged silhouette of this magnificent route can be seen high on the skyline when travelling along the Chamonix valley. It is a long, inspiring and commiting line that for most parties will require at least one night bivouacing under ...
  • Drone Alps Winter 2016 Showreel - Aerial Video & Photography in the Rhône-Alpes

    on 28th Jul 2016

    Beautiful footage from a video company specialising in the use of aerial drones in the Alps. Look out for the clips of Courchevel, including Saulire and the Grand Couloir.
  • In pictures: Tour de France 2016

    on 25th Jul 2016

    The Tour de France is an annual bicycle race held in France. The race was first held in the 1900’s after which it continued to gain prominence and popularity and is now recognised across the globe as one of the ...
  • Mont Blanc ice cores will be sent to Antarctica to preserve climate record

    on 24th Jul 2016

    Samples of ice from Mont Blanc are to be sent to Antarctica where they will be preserved for future research because glaciers in the French Alps are melting at an accelerating rate. Future generations of scientists will be able to ...
  • This stunning 'hotel room' in the Swiss Alps has no walls

    on 21st Jul 2016

    From a lodge sculpted from ice to one made from metal sheets, there are an infinite number offbeat hotels that re-think the traditional B&B. One open-air hotel, called Null Stern, eliminates walls and a roof altogether. Located in the middle ...
  • Oldest Tunnel Through Alps Reopens, No Cars Allowed

    on 19th Jul 2016

    Tourists can take a trip through time—and across the French-Italian border—in the 75-meter Monte Viso Tunnel, a footpath originally built during the Renaissance. MONVISO — The oldest tunnel ever built through the Alps is set to reopen this week, giving ...
  • Kiwi base jumper makes epic flight over Swiss mountain

    on 14th Jul 2016

    Amazing footage shows the moment Kiwi Clem Newell takes flight over the Swiss Alps. Filmed by Swede Thor Sinoda, the YouTube video shows New Zealander Clem Newell as he leaps from the edge of Gitschen mountain, wearing a blue wing ...
  • Ray Mears explores Vanoise National Park in new ITV series 'Wild France'

    on 4th Jul 2016

    The very first episode of Ray’s brand new series Wild France is due to be broadcast at 8:00PM on Monday 11th July on ITV1. Ray Mears visits The Vanoise National Park in the high Alps. Here he meets local goat ...
  • Hay sculptue competition in nearby resort of Valloire

    on 1st Jul 2016

    A ski resort in the Rhône-Alpes is to become home to a number of giant hay statues. Valloire, some 2,000m above sea level, is already well known for its winter ice and snow sculpture festival, which has been running for ...
  • The Biggest Biking Events In Europe 2016

    on 27th Jun 2016

    The numbers of skiers and boarders hitting Alpine slopes each winter has remained fairly static for decades, but since the turn of the millennium the number of people arriving here in summer for biking has exploded, and the rate of ...
  • Vintage Photos Show Daredevil Mountaineers

    on 24th Jun 2016

    Enjoy these classic National Geographic images of old-school adventurers, including tourists climbing Glacier des Bossons in the French Chamonix Valley and a man suspended between two towering peaks.
  • Upgraded hydroelectric dam to produce as much energy as a nuclear power plant

    on 15th Jun 2016

    We need batteries that can power millions of homes, deliver excellent efficiency, and cost little to operate. It turns out we’ve had the technology since 1890. We just need to build a lot more of them. They’re called pumped water ...
  • A Summer of Cultural Festivals in the Alps

    on 14th Jun 2016

    You don't have to cram yourself into a tent at Glastonbury or headbang with the best of them at V Festival this summer – there is an alternative cultural programme, and its making the most of the Alpine acoustics. The ...
  • Telegraph's favourite summer holidays in the Alps

    on 6th Jun 2016

    Having seen Mont Blanc up close, I now want to climb it Three years ago I completed the Tour de Mont Blanc on foot. It’s a circular trek encompassing France, Switzerland and Italy, providing an incredible variety of hiking trails. ...
  • World's longest rail tunnel to open in Switzerland under Alps

    on 31st May 2016

    EU heads to take 57km maiden voyage in €11bn Gotthard base tunnel on Wednesday. Measuring 57 km in length, situated 2.3km deep under the Alps and having cost €11bn to complete, Switzerland’s Gotthard base tunnel is more than just the ...
  • Preshistoric paintings revealed in French Alps with laser and white-light scanning

    on 25th May 2016

    The Abri Faravel, discovered in 2010 at 2,133m asl in the Parc National des Ecrins, Freissinières, Southern French Alps, is probably the most enigmatic high altitude site in the Alps. This rock shelter saw phases of human activity from the ...
  • Could dams replace glaciers in the Alps?

    on 20th May 2016

    Future summer water shortages, expected as a consequence of ongoing glacier retreat could be substantially mitigated by water management in reservoirs. This is the result of a study led by the JRC and the Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL. The ...
  • French sleeper trains under threat for next season

    on 16th May 2016

    Under new proposals, the number of overnight sleeper trains in France could be slashed, limiting access to some of the top resorts in the French Alps. For years the French sleeper trains have been a staple for many British skiers ...
  • What's it like to do your first ski touring race?

    on 29th Apr 2016

    Courchevel holds a huge ski touring race every week during the season. Dusk sets in as I grip my poles and prepare to push off the startline. I glance nervously at my ski boots – lighter and more flexible than ...
  • Dairy farming in the Alps may have begun over 3,000 years ago

    on 21st Apr 2016

    The European high Alps are internationally renowned for their dairy produce, which are of huge cultural and economic significance to the region. Although the recent history of alpine dairying has been well studied, virtually nothing is known regarding the origins ...
  • Norwich Airport reveals latest route for winter 2016-17 - the French Alps

    on 14th Apr 2016

    Norwich International Airport has revealed a new destination for its winter 2016-17 flight schedule. The route to the French Alps resort of Chambéry, close to the border with Switzerland, will begin in mid-December and os the first winter ski flight ...
  • Why Wow Now

    By Julie on 13th Apr 2016

    It wasn't until we had major work carried out in our own home that we realised how important, emotionally, it felt to have truly beautiful surrondings to live in. Throughout the time of owning 2 apartments in the idyllic ski ...
  • Hannibal’s Route Through The Alps Traced By 2,000 Year-Old Trail Of Dung

    on 6th Apr 2016

    The answer to one of ancient history’s greatest enigmas may finally have been answered. Hannibal, the Commander-in-Chief of the Carthaginian army, famously led 30,000 men across the Alps to invade Italia, bringing the Roman army to its knees during the ...
  • Watch Graham Bell ski the Grand Couloir run in Courchevel

    on 30th Nov 2015

    Graham Bell, presenter of Ski Sunday and an ex-racer himself, knows a great run when he skis one. That's why Telegraph Ski and Snowboard asked him to pick stand out runs from around the world and talk us down each ...
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