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LIFESTYLE SKIING


on the slopes so that you get to explore the mountain confident in the knowledge that your table is booked and you will find the restaurant without having to resort to a piste map. Costs from about £175 for one to four people per day. www.mountainexposure.com


For all-round fun The breathtaking experience of being high in the mountains as soft snow falls around you certainly takes some beating. It is something that you can fully appreciate with a weekend escape that showcases the beauty of the mountain without even having to strap on a pair of skis.


Short-break specialists Inntravel offer winter wonder getaways, including a three-day break in Hotel Wiesenhof in the Austrian village of Pertisau. Set on the shore of Lake Achensee, you can snow shoe, ice skate, toboggan and even enjoy horse-drawn sleigh rides. Or for something more energetic, take advantage of the 95km of cross-country ski trails. Transfer takes 50 minutes from Innsbruck. Prices start from £329 on a half-board basis. www.inntravel.co.uk


For something different Do you ever wish you could recreate the intoxicating rush you felt when you first flew down a mountain? If you are an accomplished skier or boarder, the likelihood is that you are constantly on the lookout for more thrills, which is where a ski-touring weekend comes in. The Ski Club of Great Britain offer some great four-day getaways where you will be taught mountain awareness, how


This season’s must-haves


If you’re choosing anything from the range of new equipment releases this year, these should be top of your list… POC SYNAPSIS 2.0


Long gone are the days when people skied without helmets, but the standard and style of headgear has left a lot to be desired. Not so with Swedish company, POC. Their Synapsis 2.0 has an anti-penetration barrier within its polycarbonate shell and looks seriously stylish as well as offering the best in functionality. It is one of the lightest fully certified helmets on the market, but you can slim it down further by detaching the earpiece and sun visor. Comes in a variety of colours and styles. £190, www.pocsports.com


ZEAL OPTICS TRANS RANSCEND GPS GOGGLES


Ski like a modern day James Bond with these satellite-enabled goggles. A tiny LCD screen in the goggles’ polarised, anti-fog lens provides a live read out of your speed, altitude and distance covered. And you can even connect the goggles to your computer once you get home and it will analyse your runs in Google Maps. Battery life is approximately seven hours, certainly long enough for most would-be Bonds. £399, www.zealoptics.com


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to climb the mountain with touring skis, and the techniques you will need to ski on glaciated terrain. You will need to be pretty fit as you have to carry your own equipment and walk up the mountain rather than getting a lift. But just think of your reward: untouched powder and the majesty of the mountains to yourself. The getaways include equipment, guide and B&B accommodation with one night in a mountain hut in Chamonix. Prices start from £450. n www.skiclub.co.uk


Rachael Woolston is a freelance travel journalist


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