Snowboarder Estelle Balet, 21, killed by avalanche as she filmed descent

An extreme snowboarding champion was killed yesterday when an avalanche swept her 800 metres down the mountain while she was filming a dangerous descent in the Swiss Alps.

All downhill as snowboarding’s popularity slides

For a decade snowboarding took ski slopes by storm but now the industry it spawned is sliding downhill faster than an Olympic champion.

Skydiver plunges into history books at 120mph … without a parachute

Plummeting 25,000ft at 120mph on Saturday night, Luke Aikins became the first person to jump from that height without a parachute or a wingsuit.

Skydiving in thunderclouds

Skydiving is not an activity for the faint-hearted — and it is no surprise that enthusiasts steer clear of thunderclouds, to avoid being struck by lightning.

Ice queen is ready to scale new heights

An Irishwoman from Co Tyrone will be ringing in the new year as she spent most of 2016: hanging off the side of a frozen waterfall in Korea.

Free climbing: no rope, no help, no plan B

Alex Honnold is the world’s most daring free climber, scaling sheer rock faces without any support. What makes him take such risks?

Northampton criticised but not punished over North head injury

Northampton should not have allowed George North to continue playing after he sustained a head injury but they will not be punished, a concussion review panel announced this afternoon. The Wales wing, 24, was injured during a

Liddell to lead church abuse review group

A Labour veteran will lead an independent group monitoring the Catholic church’s response to child sexual abuse — 16 months after it was called for by an official report.

High summer in the Alps

When the snow has melted, Europe’s rooftop emerges as an action-packed playground par excellence

Bikers with altitude

Fancy cycling where the air is clear — and thin? Mount up and try the rugged terrain of the Alps. Heather Snelgar steers you in the right direction