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Cruising in the land of polar bears

BIG DOGS: Open water in the ice makes seal hunting much harder.

Newcomers are relentlessly reminded here, where white is the new black, that polar bears are the Big Dogs.

Ecuador's skyscrapers: A photo essay gallery

At 19,348 feet, Cotopaxi is Ecuador?s second-highest peak and one of the most active volcanoes in this mountainous country. Illustrates ECUADOR-PEAKS (category t), by Anne Farrar ? 2015, The Washington Post. Moved Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015. (MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Anne Farrar.)

As dawn washes over the icy mountain planes, the hint of a new day floats through the air, and faint sunlight kisses Cotopaxi's snowy face.

China's icy festival


China's spectacular ice festival has kicked off in style.

Jumbo jet's spectacular journey gallery

Spectacular views are on offer on a Antarctica sightseeing flight, from the comfort of a Qantas 747 jumbo jet.

An unforgettable flight to the world's only ice continent makes for a perfect start to another New Year.

Cold at the top

SNOW COVERED: On top of Mount Wellington

It may be summer but it's snowing on Mount Wellington when a group of cyclists begin their hair-raising descent.

First day of summer?

SUMMER SNOW: The Mt Hutt ski area received up to 20 cm of snow overnight.

Snow-capped mountains and chilly temps mark Canterbury’s first day of summer.

High in the Himalayas gallery

From left, Anup Kaphle, Whitney Shefte and Hugh Blodget, Jr., pose for a photo at the top of Thorung La Pass, which sits at 17,769 feet in the Himalayas in South Asia. Days after this photo was taken, an avalanche killed at least 39 people in the area.

We finally crossed the Thorung La Pass after a gruelling trek through rugged terrain. Death had missed us by two days.

Low cost Aspen ski luxury

Party town: Night-life abounds on the slopes. Photo: Supplied

So you want the luxury of Aspen, without the cost? Then click this way...

Escape to the mountain

PERFECT POWDER: Top of the High Noon Express.

Spring is here and Mt Ruapehu continues to receive snowfall, perfect for those looking for an escape to the mountain.

Who should win a trip to Antarctica?

FINALISTS: Tony Tizzard, Ben Paris and Alyssa Langford are competing to win a trip to Antarctica.

A geologist, a photographer and NZ Batman are amongst finalists hoping to win a trip to Antarctica.

Snow patrol

THING OF BEAUTY: Boarding the Remarkables.

This season has seen significant investment in the Queenstown ski scene.

Is Antarctica on your list?

RARE TREAT: Being surrounded by penguins in Antarctica makes the challenges of sea travel worthwhile. (Pictured are Adelie Penguins at Commonwealth Bay.)

Visiting Antarctica might be on your bucket list, but what is a ship voyage to the ice like?

Ski field's first chair lift

MAPPING IT OUT: Porters is planning significant changes to the field for winter 2015.

Porters is on its way to becoming a ''major'' destination thanks to a four-seater chairlift.

Feeding a need for speed

TIME FOR CHANGE: Brenda Ward has the chance to live dangerously in four different Mercedes.

Brenda Ward sees the Pisa Ranges whiz by in a blur of flying snow while mountain range driving near Cardrona.

The sexiest way to travel

A helicopter will be on hand to deliver you from your luxury boat to the backcountry every day.

Helicopters, perfect powder and luxury yachts await.

Magic in the mountains video

MAKING TRACKS: Alastair Paulin, left, and Paul Abbott at the top of the Highnoon Express, 2322 metres up Mt Ruapehu.

An action-packed getaway to Ruapehu district doesn't depend on snow - but it does help.

Winter is back at Mt Ruapehu video

A SNOWY WEEKEND: Winter is back at Mt Ruapehu.

Over 20,000 snow enthusiasts made it out to both Whakapapa and Turoa last weekend after consistent snow fall left levels sitting at more than two metres

Where to get lucky at the snow

Single? Heading to the snow can help you find love.

Chairlift dating, free drinks and week-long parties. World's best resorts for singles.

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