Ski season in Europe kicks off in December and runs right through until the end of April. People often think summer holidays are when our skin needs the most protection, but winter breaks can be just as damaging due to the glare from the piste, as well as dehydration and chapped lips to contend with.
The first thing I notice is the difference in ski apparel. Last time I skied, ski pants were tight and had stirrups. Ski jackets were short and fitted, sometimes with clear pockets to display lift tickets. Since my old ski pants and jacket still fit, I literally dusted them off and donned them, believing I was back in the game.
Daffodils may be blooming here in the UK, but that doesn't mean you have to pack away your down jackets and snow boots just yet. There are plenty of destinations where the white stuff is guaranteed, from high-altitude ski resorts in the Alps and log cabins in Lapland to more far-flung 'chillspots' like Greenland and Antarctica. Read on for eight guaranteed winter wonderlands...
In the Arctic, with no reception, your phone is nothing but a poor-quality torch for as long as the battery lasts. By the end of the first day I didn't miss it any more. The world became tightly focused on the trail in front of me, the skis on my feet and the 12 people I was sharing the journey with.