Review: Leukerbad, Switzerland

There are three main reasons for visiting this achingly scenic ski resort in the Swiss Valais region: the thermal springs which the town claims are the biggest in the Alps, an eight-hour Via Ferrata which is the scariest I’ve ever seen, and access to some quite amazing ski touring. Skiing This is a small resort…

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Review: We take to the slopes for some skiing in Alta Badia

Alta Badia in the South Tyrol, which features on the World Cup downhill circuit each year, is part of the famous Sella Ronda and also integral to the massive Dolomiti Superski ski area, is one of the key ski resorts in the Italian Dolomites. With its stunning panoramas, laid-back vibe, beautiful little villages, predominantly blue…

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SKIING – SWITZERLAND’S UNEXPECTEDLY EPIC ANDERMATT

Once an army base and mountain playground for hard-core powder hounds, the Swiss village of Andermatt is in the process of morphing into a luxury ski resort, writes Richard Bath. ANDERMATT IN A NUTSHELL: For almost a century this charming little Alpine village in the scenic Ursern Valley, just 20 miles from Lake Lucerne and…

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AUSTRIA: THE POWER OF FOUR

The four-resort Skicircus – which includes the grand old ski area of Saalbach – has undergone a radical transformation, writes editor Richard Bath. Why would I ski here? “Skicircus” is basically shorthand for a conglomeration of four alpine towns – Saalbach, Hinterglemm, Leogang, and Fieberbrunn – which together make up the ninth biggest ski region…

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Les Gets – TIME FOR A QUICK ONE?

If you love skiing but are time poor, Les Gets combines convenience, luxury, and snow quality, writes Richard Bath. Why would I ski here? Les Gets is almost exactly 1hr 15mins from Geneva Airport, so if three-hour transfers have lost their appeal, or if you’re on a tight schedule, then this could be the answer.…

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Have your say on Scotland’s long-haul routes

Scottish holidaymakers have been urged to help shape the future of the nation’s long-haul destination map. The Scottish Passenger Agents’ Association – the world’s oldest organisation representing the travel trade – wants to gather the opinions of travellers on potential new routes to Caribbean destinations. There have already been discussions with organisations such as the…

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Quest to find Scots student for Japanese adventure

The process of selecting one student from Scotland to embark on a ‘transformative’ learning experience in Japan as the winner of the 2020 Thomas Blake Glover ASI Scholarship is about to begin. Applications have been received, and 36 students from universities across Scotland are vying to be the next recipient of the prestigious scholarship. For…

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