A meeting of ways in Courmayeur

Courmayeur holiday

How would a father and son, skier and snowboarder team fare for five days on the slopes together? Jon Bickley took teenager Ben back to the Alps to find out… Courmayeur photos courtesy of Jon Bickley   After the second time I went skiing with my son Ben, on a school trip to Bormio eight […]

Viewpoint: Urbino, Le Marche

A recent snowfall accentuates the beauty of the walled city of Urbino, Le Marche. The World Heritage site is within easy reach of two lesser-known ski resorts… Most ski enthusiasts will be heading for the slopes of the Italian Alps or the Dolomites this winter, but those aren’t the only places you’ll find snow in […]

Ski in Abruzzo

Jon Bickley makes his way to the slopes of mid-Italy, where he discovers the area offers a surprisingly satisfying ski break to rival its northern counterparts As we entered the final few miles of our transfer from Rome Ciampino to Roccaraso in the L’Aquila province of Abruzzo, my slight concern turned to mild panic. We […]

48 Hours in Valle d’Aosta

Valle d’Aosta is now part of Italy, but it hasn’t always been. Chris Allsop travels to Italy’s smallest region and discovers a valley beloved of kings, popes, and – of course – skiers… There’s something of the hidden kingdom about the Valle D’Aosta, like an Italian Bhutan (but with a lot more ski lifts). Entering […]

Alta Badia – Skiing & Slope Food

Alta Badia in the Dolomites offers more than just a simple skiing holiday – Rachel Wilson-Couch indulges in the new gourmet concept of Slope Food while strapping on a pair of skis for the first time… Just ski into my arms, it’ll be fine.” Walter, ski maestro at the Corvara ski school looked at me […]