The social networks are buzzing with the news today. After a snowy weekend, with the opening of the ski World Cup circuit taking place in blizzard conditions, ski resorts across Europe have received their first big snowfalls for the winter.
35cms in Verbier, 30cms in Flaine, all over the 3 Valleys, Morzine, Solden, Alpe d'Huez - it looks like everywhere has received a healthy helping of the white stuff.
Of course it's only late October, so we know that with the vagaries of the weather, this snow could disappear. Temperatures, at least for the next few days however, are staying low. It's good news for resorts, and means that the ground will start to freeze - so any new snow that falls has a much better chance of sticking around. Any precipitation now is a good thing!
With the London Ski Show opening tomorrow, we've all got that feeling that we're on the brink of winter and the ski season wil be starting proper in a matter of weeks!
So we thought we'd just share some of the photos posted on Facebook and twitter today - hopefully they will make your Monday!
The big hits in music of 1999 were from newcomers Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Eminem. The big hit to appear in the ski world that year was the Solutions Room from Chalets Direct. Like Britney, Christina and Eminem, the Solutions Room is still around - more mature and sophisticated, and still rocking!
What is it exactly?
Just in case you haven't heard about the Solutions Room, and what it does, here's a quick synopsis.
It's based on a forum idea - you ask a question and people come back to you with answers. This forum however has lots of magic going on under the surface.
If you're not sure when, where and who you're having your holiday with, the Solutions Room is a great place to put out feelers and see what options come back. Similarly if you're absolutely sure where, when and with whom, the Solutions Room can get you targeted responses to your questions.
Why is it different?
It's what goes on under the bonnet that makes it sexy (or at least we like to think so!). Your request is instantly matched to all the people we know who can help. So if you're looking for a catered chalet in Morzine for Xmas, all our Morzine catered chalet operators who still have availability for Xmas will be notified.If you're thinking sometime in January but not sure about dates and don't really mind where, the same thing happens - lots of notifications head out to our members who could fit the bill.
It's great for groups who want a luxury apartment all to themselves, or for a couple who want to meet others in a catered chalet. It can work if you've maybe left it a little late but want to slip in a quick ski next week, or if you've been given the responsibility of organising the big ski trip for next Easter and don't know where to start.
Why not try it out?
The ski season buzz is very definitely getting underway - with Ski Shows around the corner, an autumn chill in the air, and snow in the Alps at altitude. So if you're thinking of looking for a ski holiday give the Solutions Room a go - it's already worked for thousands, so there's a good chance it could work for you.
And just in case you've forgotten, we thought we'd share some Christina Aguilera to get you toe-tapping and hip-swaying. Have a great weekend!