The massive snowfalls, which has seen the snow base increase to over three metres ten feet at the Paradiski resorts of La Plagne and les Arcs and 3.3m (11 feet) in the Chamonix Valley from the limited cover of only a few weeks ago has not been without practical problems and crews battled to open ski slopes and make them safe while the snow continued to fall.
"After a week of hugely difficult conditions, and thanks to some tremendous work from our piste and lift teams, Compagnie du Mont-Blanc will be opening all ski areas and tourist sites from Christmas Eve for everyone to enjoy!" said a spokesperson for the company.
Grands Montets in now fully open apart from the top lift to Grands Montets. Conditions permitting, the preparation of this part of the ski area should be finished over the weekend and the top lift will be operating on Monday at the latest.
Domaine de Balme is fully open, apart from Aiguillettes drag-lift (which should open late-morning) and the Col de Balme & Plan des Renies drag-lifts which remain closed for technical reasons.
Brévent/ Flégère is fully open, apart from a slight delay for the Brévent top-lift (for access to the Charles Bozon black piste) which should open late-morning and the Domaine des Houches - Saint Gervais is also fully open, apart from the Coupe du Monde chairlift.