The French don’t call British skiers “Le Rosbif” for nothing. When it comes to ski holidays, just like our roast dinners, we know what we like. For a long time, that has involved choosing the same ski resorts year in and year out. But after a wallet-squeezing couple of years, increasingly unpredictable snow conditions and a desire to avoid long lift queues, skiers are looking for alternative resorts away from the tried-and-tested favourites.
Sometimes, travel is not about the far-flung and the remote horizon, but the familiar destination and the firm favourite. One of those times is surely this time of year, when the days are short, the temperatures are dropping, and all you want is a little winter sunshine.
We need to talk about Ukraine. While the world’s attention has been focused on the war between Israel and Hamas, grim tremors have been shaking that rich, black soil. Ukraine’s counteroffensive has failed – or, in Volodymyr Zelensky’s words, “did not achieve the desired results”.