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Watching my grandchildren schussing down a mountain is what makes me happy now

9 March 2019 9:00 am

Gstaad   As everyone knows, the definition of serendipity is searching for a needle in a haystack, and instead finding…

Gone are the days when the middle class could afford to go skiing

9 March 2019 9:00 am

It won’t be news to readers of The Spectator that one of the long-term effects of globalisation is the hollowing…

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Faithless husbands can be the best husbands

16 February 2019 9:00 am

Gstaad   Who was it that said we always hurt those we love the most? I did just that last…

The Aman Le Mélézin

Snow work, all play: Courchevel’s Aman Le Mélézin reviewed

23 September 2017 9:00 am

This disillusioned skier is tempted back to the slopes by one of Courchevel’s most luxurious hotels

Why we should all tune in to Russia Today

25 March 2017 9:00 am

A cloudless sky, crunchy spring snow, longer, warmer days. I’ve finally got in some good skiing, twisting around moguls like…

The unhealthy consequences of good health

18 March 2017 9:00 am

At a chic dinner party last week, a friendly chow as big and black as a dog can be without…

Buy high: Alpine property is still a sound investment above the snow line

4 March 2017 9:00 am

Elliot Wilson says Alpine property is a sound investment if you pick the right resort and stay above the snow line

How to ski like a man

4 March 2017 9:00 am

Gstaad Back in the good old days a funicular used to take skiers up, bucking all the way and stopping…

Davos Man has already destroyed old Europe; next stop, the world

28 January 2017 9:00 am

 Gstaad The snows came tumbling down just as the camel-drivers headed back to the Gulf. In fact, they never saw…

Going off-piste: some people just can’t wait

In praise of late-season skiing

21 January 2017 9:00 am

There’s trouble brewing in the Alps. Skiers arriving in the mountains over Christmas were greeted, not by snow-clad chalets and…

Beneath Gstaad’s showy reputation, there is a sleepy Alpine village where cows outnumber people

Gstaad: the charm beneath the glamour

15 October 2016 9:00 am

It comes at a price, finds Georgie Lane-Godfrey

Downton Abbey on skis: Eddie the Eagle reviewed

2 April 2016 9:00 am

I once forced some pals on a skiing holiday to spend an afternoon off the slopes watching Chalet Girl. Suffice…

Nothing beats skiing with Roger Moore’s son — and Barry Humphries on rare form

19 March 2016 9:00 am

   Gstaad Going up on a chairlift with the town’s doctor, I asked him, ‘How’s business, doc?’ ‘Never better,’ said…

High mountains, deep pockets

Courchevel – from pickled cockles to the height of luxury

5 March 2016 9:00 am

The last time I stayed in Courchevel it was in a tatty roadside chalet a long way down the mountain.…

Hallowed place: Alpine scenery near Grimentz

The secret ski resorts where the real sport lives

14 November 2015 9:00 am

Skiing holidays have a problem. They’ve lost their sense of adventure. Yes, the first flurries of winter which arrived recently…

Cable cars, cheese and chic on the quieter side of the Alps

17 October 2015 9:00 am

‘It sounds like you’re having an Ann Summers party up there,’ a male traveller called, as our group erupted into…

Alpine joys in summer

You don’t have to be super-rich to enjoy St Moritz in summer

30 May 2015 9:00 am

Here’s a tip: when travelling to St Moritz, it’s best not to mention the name of your final destination to…

Once upon a time I was very proud to be Greek. But no more

28 February 2015 9:00 am

Gstaad A naked, very good-looking young man skied down the mountain evoking shrieks of laughter and admiration from the hundred…

At 78 years of age, I can’t keep up with the young shuss-boomers any longer

14 February 2015 9:00 am

Gstaad Once upon a time clergymen saw mountain peaks as natural steeples leading them ever closer to God. Doctors considered…

One-day cricket can make even a turbo-charged century tedious

24 January 2015 9:00 am

What a remarkable innings that was in Johannesburg earlier this week when South Africa’s admirable Hashim Amla carried his bat…

The charming little airport that ruins thousands of holidays

10 January 2015 9:00 am

The charming little airport that ruins thousands of skiing holidays

The end of snow? Not in Gstaad

15 March 2014 9:00 am

 Gstaad The American newspaper that prints only news it sees fit to poison good things recently announced ‘The end of…

Notes on … Skiing in Switzerland

19 October 2013 9:00 am

There’s a myth in the Spectator office, which I’ve never discouraged, that I’m Yorkshire’s answer to Franz Klammer — a…

Going off-piste in Val D'Isere

12 October 2013 9:00 am

First things first. Yes, Val d’Isère does have a reputation for being expensive — and it is, especially if you’re…