Fears that an early spring had arrived in the Alps have been rebuffed thanks to the first significant snowfalls in almost two months.

Heavy snow dumps have arrived just in time for the UK's school half-term holiday this week, which sees hundreds of British families flock to the slopes.

In the last 48 hours, Switzerland, Austria, France and Italy have reported powder conditions: more than 30cm of snow has fallen in Grindelwald and Engelberg; 13-20cm in Obergurgl and Lech; 10cm has fallen in Avoriaz, Val Thorens, Serre Chevalier, La Norma, and Les Orres; 15cm in Arabba (this follows more than a metre last week) and a further 5cm in the Italian Milky Way after 10-20cm last week.

The snow is so good in fact, Naomi Campbell has even ditched London Fashion Week for a romantic ski break in St. Moritz with boyfriend Vladimir Doronin.

Event highlights in the Alps this week include the Swatch TTR World Snowboard Tour in Livigno Feb. 22-25; the Natives Show Love Tour in Chamonix Feb. 23; and the Amazing Egg Hunt in Courchevel Feb. 24-25.

Looking beyond the Alps: Russia's £9 billion ski resort plan for the troubled North Caucaus area took a major hit over the weekend when terrorists launched an attack on a ski lift and minibus leaving three people dead. This news follows the suicide bomb at Moscow Airport in January which killed 35 and injured many others.