(Avoriaz in France earlier this morning)
Heavy snowfall in the Alps has continued for the past 36 hours and accumulations so far reported have been as high as a metre in one case.
It’s the second major snowfall in as many weeks, raising hopes of a bumper start to the 2014-15 ski season, which for most resorts begins in 3 – 6 weeks’ time. It is expected some areas may now open earlier than planned.
However around 20 glacier areas are already open in Austria, France, Italy and Switzerland and it is here that the snowfall is actually being measured, with most areas reporting 20 – 60cm so far.
The main storm is expected to continue to the end of Friday, although some forecasters are saying snow will continue for the next 2 days and that up to five metres of snow can be expected on some mountains.
Most of the snow is falling above 2000m, but some resorts as low as 1500m are posting images of heavy resort level snow on social media.