Although there has not been a huge amount of fresh snow in the region over the past week, conditions are mostly excellent thanks to the huge accumulations in December and January building up big bases.

"After an early February that was cold and snowy, the sun shines on the massive snowbase and conditions are exceptional," says Skiinfo France's Stéphane Giraud.

With 430cm of snow at the top of the slopes, Chamonix is the snowiest, followed by the Grand Massif ski area (Flaine, Morillon, Samoens and Les Carroz) where there is 375cm. Alpe d'Huez is third with 350cm measured at the top of the Pic Blanc cable car.

Elsewhere in France the average snow depths are:

- 178 cm (average) at the top of the slopes of the Pyrenees (and 124 cm at the bottom)
- 112 cm (average) at the top of the slopes of the Southern Alps (59 cm at the bottom)
- 106 cm (average) at the top of the slopes of the Massif Central (78 cm at the bottom)
- 100 cm (average) at the top of the slopes of the Jura (33 cm at the bottom)
- 78 cm (average) at the top of the slopes of the Vosges (55 cm at the bottom)

There's currently a very high avalanche risk (4/5) in the Pyrenees where it still snowed heavily through the past week.