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Ski Sunday is back at the double

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Ski Sunday is back on 18 January - in a double dose of adrenalin action.

The show will be on air at 1700 GMT on Sundays and feature the best of winter snow sport including live World Cup ski races, with some on the red button.

And there's also an exciting new addition called High Altitude, a show dedicated to the world of mountain adventure, which starts on 25 January.

Each week presenters Graham Bell and Ed Leigh will be joined by celebrities being taken out of their comfort zones.

For example, former model and Strictly Come Dancing contestant Jodie Kidd will experience heli-skiing and learn about the risks of skiing off-piste.

Actor Ralf Little will sky-dive down the north face of the Eiger in the Swiss Alps, while Leigh and Bell will team up with former England rugby stars Jeremy Guscott and Brian Moore as they attempt to ski the four areas of Davos in one day, finishing in Klosters.

Ski Sunday producer Gabby Cook

Moore, an expert skier, will attempt the challenge off-piste with Bell, while novice skier Guscott will stick to the piste with Leigh, but who will win?

The season kicks off on Saturday 17 January with live ski racing - you can watch the Wengen downhill live on the red button from 1130 GMT - and is followed on Sunday by live slalom from 1215 GMT.

Then later that day, it is the return of Ski Sunday with World Cup highlights from Switzerland.

Last year, Bode Miller joined an elite group of skiers after landing his second downhill victory on the famous Lauberhorn course - and the American went on to claim the overall World Cup title.

It is a busy year for skiing with the World Championships taking place in Val d'Isere in France from 2 to 15 February and no doubt Miller will have one eye on regaining his world downhill crown.

High Altitude starts at 2200 GMT on 25 January and as well as Kidd's off-piste adventures, Leigh and Bell will be in the Remarkables mountain range of New Zealand to attempt a daring Tyrolean Traverse - crossing 100m between two peaks on a single piece of rope.

Ski Sunday and High Altitude are presented by Ed Leigh and Graham Bell

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