It's been particularly good news, albeit later in the season than they might have liked, for areas that had been catching up from below-average snowfall earlier in the winter like California and New England.

In New England huge snowfalls have included 120cm (four feet) for Stowe including 60cm (two feet) in 48 hours, and 136cm (4.5 feet) at Sugarbush.

"For Stowe skiers and riders, this is the storm everyone has been waiting for!" summarised a statement from the resort.

There have been big falls reported in all the major ski regions including Colorado and Utah with Jackson Hole in Wyoming, which has been having a good snowfall season already, adding another 90cm/3 feet plus of snow in the past seven days.