The early season's thick snow clouds have been replaced by sunny skies, but there's still powder to be found - you just need to know where to look.

The ski season in Europe got off to a flying start with powder alarms sounding off across the Alps and countless resorts opening early. Since the new year, bright blue skies and sunny conditions throughout Europe have provided excellent visibility, but the lack of fresh snow has left lower resorts and those with south-facing slopes reliant on snow machines.

If you're booking a last-minute holiday, head for high ground or north-facing ski slopes. Right now the best snow can be found in [R571R, Solden], [R422R, St. Anton], [R716R, Obertauern], [R564R, Obergurgl-Hochgurgl], [R592R, Alpe d'Huez], [R586R, Isola 2000], [R1310R, Flaine], [R2641R, Morillon], [R1735R, Samoens], [R106R, Chamonix], [R1917R, La Thuile], [R1374R, Cervinia], [R1326R, Livigno], [R604R, Cortina], [R424R, St. Moritz], [R654R, Crans Montana], [R661R, Saas-Faas], and [R1748R, Saas-Grund].

Over the the last couple of weeks, Italy, Austria, and Switzerland have benefited from fresh powder: Italy's Milky Way ski area ([R1606R, Sauze d'Oulx], [R2260R, Claviere], [R1603R, Sestriere], [R1923R, San Sicario]) reported 40cm Jan. 31; Austria saw widespread snowfall Jan. 26 with 30cm in [R2333R, Fieberbrunn], [R189R, Innsbrucker Nordkettenbahnen], [R534R, Saalbach Hinterglemm], [R203R, Kitzbuehel], [R703R, Wildschoenau], and [R719R, Tauplitzalm]; Switzerland also saw widespread snowfall Jan. 26 with 15-25cm in [R629R, Arosa], [R603R, Davos]-[R633R, Klosters], [R632R, Laax], [R622R, Braunwald], and [R1105R, Obersaxen-Val Lumnezia]. Light snow has fallen in Germany, Scandinavia and Andorra in the last week.

France hasn't seen any significant snow for a few weeks now. The last snow was Jan. 31 which brought 5cm to freshen up conditions in [R1685R, Montgenevre], [R1831R, Formigueres], [R1721R, Peyragudes], [R2251R, Piau Engaly], and [R2784R, Val Cenis].

Check out the fresh snow in Sölden on YouTube: