Gorgeous Georgia: walking in the Svaneti’s mountains

New flights from the UK have opened up the country’s unspoilt north west, an area of mighty peaks, flower meadows and fantastic hiking country

Climbing in the Caucasus: postcard views from the towers of Ushguli, Georgia

The people of Ushguli live among some of the highest continuously inhabited villages in Europe and the Unesco-listed Upper Svaneti region’s ancient stone towers only add to the fairytale feel

‘The mountains around Verbier are great for flying down – and off’

Snowboarder and basejumper Géraldine Fasnacht says the Swiss Alps provide all the thrills she needs, though she’s not averse to launching herself off the odd skyscraper

Warth, Austria: welcome to the snowiest village in the Alps

The big news for the coming ski season is a new set of lifts in Austria’s Arlberg area. They’ll link glitzy Lech and raucous St Anton but will also benefit treasures like tiny, snowy Warth

In the Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia, on the trail of its old-time musical heritage

A road trip along the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Crooked Road – Virginia’s heritage music trail – reveals how the majestic landscape inspired the stars of old-time, bluegrass and country