Off-peak: climbing Snowdonia’s smaller, quieter summits

The problem with climbing famous mountains like Snowdon is sharing them with thousands of others. So our writer finds a smaller Welsh peak that still makes her feel on top of the world.

Julian Worker has written a number of travel books including

Travels through History : France

Travels through History – The Balkans: Journeys in the former Yugoslavia

Travels through History – Northern Ireland and Scotland

On the slide in Germany: sledging in the Bavarian Alps

Fancy swooping down snowy Alpine slopes, but not the hassle of ski school and pricey equipment? It’s easy: all you need is a simple sledge. Sarcastic teenage daughter optional

Ice hotel opens in Swedish Lapland – in pictures

The 25th Ice hotel has just opened for the 2014/15 season in the village of Jukkasjärvi in Swedish Lapland. Carved from 1,600 tonnes of snow and ice, the hotel features 16 artist-designed suites, a bar and theatre.

Mountain sports with a difference

There’s more than one way to get down a mountain … None of these methods involve skis or a snowboard but, from snowbiking to Yooner, all of them look like loads of fun