France has had the most snow in the past seven days of anywhere in the world with La Clusaz reporting 1.2m (four feet) falling in the past week. Most of the country's still-open ski areas have been issuing powder alarms for 20cm or more of new snow almost daily. La Plagne and La Clusaz have already issued fresh powder alarms today (Wednesday 25 April).

Despite the new snow, most of the remaining French ski areas that are still open - including Courchevel, Meribel, Alpe d'Huez, les 2 Alps, La Plagne, Risoul/Vars, La Clusaz and Val d'Isere - will close after this weekend (or by May 1st at the latest) leaving only Chamonix (still with the deepest snow base in France - back up to 4m), Tignes and Val Thorens open for a further weekend in May.