So how's the ski season been so far?
We're now a few weeks into season 2012-13 and it's proving to be a corker! Abundant snow in early December meant that most resorts could open up with a good solid base - and despite warmer weather over Christmas, January has so far provided welcome top ups - along with bracing sub-zero temperatures.
In most European resorts snow depths are pretty respectable for the time of year - both in resort and at the top, with some resorts (eg. Chamonix and Flaine) even registering over 3 metres at the top - quite exceptional for mid-late January. Snow quality is good, even down to low altitudes thanks to an extreme sub-zero snap and heavy snowfall around 10 days ago and more last week.
Resorts in the Pyrenees are also enjoying great conditions, despite pendulum changing temperatures - and it looks llike there's more snow coming to the region imminently.
The forecast is looking pretty good - European resorts may be getting another nice top up at the weekend.
Piste conditions are pretty good and there's been some excellent off-piste opportunities.
So if you're tempted to escape the snow at home, get to the mountains to enjoy it - that's where the snow is a blessing not a curse and is welcomed with smiles and open arms!
So as you can see, beautiful snow, blue skies, empty pistes - even on a Sunday.