Indeed St Anton reported one of the biggest 24 hour accumulations of 70cm (28 inches), its neighbour Lech reporting 40cm.


The snow line has now dropped to between 400m - 800m during the week and around 20 ski resorts are open in Austria.


Among the many fresh snow beneficiaries across Austria, those already open in the Tirol with powder to enjoy include Kühtai: 30 cm of fresh snow in the last three days; Ischgl: 20 cm of fresh snow last night, total snow height: 50 cm; Serfaus-Fiss-Ladis: 25 cm of fresh snow last night, total snow height: 40 cm; Obergurgl: 10 cm of fresh snow last night, total snow height: 70 cm; the Kaunertal glaicer: 25 cm of fresh snow last night, total snow height: 123cm and the Pitztal glacer: 13 cm of fresh snow last night, total snow height: 146cm - and the snow is still falling.


Although the country's highest snow depths are still on the glaciers, half a dozen of which have been open since September and October, resorts like Obertauern, Serfaus Fiss Ladis and Ischgl have prepared their slopes well and the latter has more than 80km (50 miles) of runs open.