This year's unseasonably mild Christmas weather looks destined for the record books. From Berlin to New York to Moscow: Forecasts show no sign of winter. And for Europe's ski resorts, that's a bleak forecast indeed.
An annual high school mountaineering expedition has turned fatal after an avalanche struck. Eight students were found 'without vital signs' - deaths must be confirmed by doctors in Japan before officially reported.
The late-season avalanche hit the cross-country skiers as they walked up towards a summit. It is unclear how the snow became dislodged and swept them away.
The small ski resort of Frabosa Soprana nestles in the foothills of Italy’s Maritime Alps. It's particularly popular with locals and boasts typical Italian flair, good food and good wines.
Switzerland is synonymous with the Alps and some of the most spectacular peaks can be seen in the Canton of Valais. We visit the Saas-Fee ski resort and find out what the Swiss Alps have in store for visitors.
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