Switzerland has done particularly well in the past 24 hours with Saas Fee and Engelberg reporting 20cm each, Laax and Zermatt 15cm and Gstaad 30cm (a foot) of new snow.

In France Tignes, Val d'Isere and Val Thorens have all received at least 20cm and the deepest snow depth in the country, at Serre Chevalier, has hit a metre. Meribel and La Plagne have had 15cm each, Montgenevre 10cm.

In Italy the resorts of the milky Way like Sauze d'Oulx and Sestriere have had 20cm each, Cervinia and Madesimo 15cm (6 inches).

Austrian resorts have not reported huge falls as yet but in many cases that may be because they're not yet open and reporting snowfall. However Solden says they've had 40cm of snow and Ischgl 10cm.

Most resorts expect the snow to keep falling throughout this week leading to large accumulations and temperatures are also consistently low enough to fire up the snow guns.

Although the ski slopes of Scotland are yet to open, the webcam images are looking good, especially for Cairngorm and the Lecht.