Lift Off: Switzerland
Pegging itself as the world’s highest 3S (three-cable system) gondola lift, the just-launched ‘Matterhorn glacier ride’ will whisk 2,000 passengers an hour from Zermatt (via the existing Matterhorn Express cable car to Trockener Steg) up to Klein Matterhorn glacier at 12,500ft. This mammoth project saw pan-Alpine engineers battling against seriously challenging high-altitude conditions at what was Europe’s highest building site. Connor McGovern
Gourmet ski dates:
17 December 2018: Italy’s multi-Michelin-starred Alta Badia region debuts a three-star brunch on-piste to kick of this season’s Taste For Skiing programme.
24 March 2019: A hut-to-hut Wine Ski Safari takes in South Tyrol’s rarely exported vintages. altabadia.org Josephine Price
What we’re wearing
W Maroi Shell Jacket:
A waterproof, breathable, three-layer hard shell with a relaxed fit that wears in like a favourite pair of jeans. Go extra warm with the W LifaLoft Insulator (RRP: £170). RRP: £500. Sarah Barrell
Top 3 reasons for families to ski Jackson Hole
New kid’s area
Solitude Station has now opened: a high-tech mountain hub for family-friendly tuition, dining and apres activities.
VIP ski school
Ski school groups at Solitude currently average just four children; a teeny number by most resort standards.
Ski & safari
Near Yellowstone National Park, this Rockies resort allows easy wildlife trip add-ons. Pat Riddell
Published in the Winter Sports guide, distributed with the November 2018 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)