Cole to welcome New Year skiing with beau

London: Singer Cheryl Cole will welcome the New Year with a ­romantic skiing holiday with ­boyfriend Derek Hough.

`The X Factor` judge is heading to the Rocky Mountains in north-west America where Hough has booked a private villa in a luxury hotel resort, reports a website.

Cheryl is desperate to toast the end of her "annus horribilis", ­during which she divorced footballer Ashley Cole and almost succumbed to malaria.

American dancer Hough, 25, is delighted she will be with him because he was ­"devastated" that they were apart for Christmas Day.

While Cheryl headed to her ­native north-east to spend time with her mum Joan, 50, her older sister Gillian, 31, and her three children, Derek was with his family in the US.

IANS