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Preserving skiing's origins in China's remote west

Cave paintings discovered in Altay show rows of figures standing on what look like skis, with herds of animals running below them. The following photographs show how locals are keeping the culture alive

‘Topless Tongan’ avoids finishing last and hitting any trees

The cross-country skier beat four other athletes and finished 23 minutes behind gold medal winner Dario Cologna

What's the deal: Spend Christmas on the ski slopes for £325

To get more for your money, forego the Eurozone and head east

What’s new in winter sports: Smart gondolas and sprawling ski areas

Planning a holiday on the slopes? Here’s what to expect from the top resorts in Europe and beyond