The Cambrian ski hotel in Adelboden

Top five ski stays: it’s snow time

Longing for a luxury lodge in one of the world’s best ski destinations? If your desk-chained daydreams are filled with fresh mountain air, desperate-to-be-skied downhill…

Matakauri Lodge: hotel of the week

With pristine snow fields, adrenalin-fuelled pursuits and a white-hot après-ski scene all within scarf-flinging distance, Matakauri Lodge boutique hotel in Queenstown, New Zealand, is at…

How to… drive in the Alps

Car adverts invariably show a gleaming vehicle purring unhindered along an empty highway that twists and turns through magnificent scenery. Real life is, of course, a bit different. The reality is that the average speed of a car in London’s rush-hour traffic is seven miles an hour, and the nearest that many motorists get to top gear these days is watching Jeremy Clarkson on Dave. But don’t despair: you can escape the terrible tedium of the Hammersmith gyratory (and Clarkson). In the Alps.

Ski holidays in the Alps - driving tips

Before you blaze off into the mountains, it’s worth considering a few of the lessons I learned the hard way while researching the Smith Ski collection. Here are some tried-and-tested Alpine driving tips to help you get to your ski chalet in one piece: