It's not just the Alps either, conditions remain good in Scandinavia, Scotland is fully open with Glencoe reporting snow pockets up to three metres (10 feet) deep and the Pyrenees have largely opened after many areas received 50cm+ of snow at the weekend.

Along with Austria, France and Switzerland (see separate news stories today) Italy has seen some healthy accumulations of snow over the past week, particularly in the West of the country.

In the Aosta Valley Monterosa reports 95cm, Cervinia a metre and La Thuile 110cm of snow - the three biggest accumulations in the country.

Cervinia now reports the deepest snow base in Italy with 2.7m (nine feet) of snow on upper slopes. It overtakes long-standing holder of the top spot for Italian snow depth, the Presena Glacier at Passo Tonale which has a mere 2.4m (weight feet) base.

Snow conditions have improved dramatically in the Pyrenees with up to a metre of snow reported on the previously fairly snowless slopes. Grandvalira in Andorra has now opened all six centres with slope depths of up to 80cm. Conditions are also looking good in the French Pyrenees (see France review) and in Spain Baqueira Beret reports powder snow 60-100cm deep.

The snow is easing just slightly in Scandinavia where depths have now reached 2.1m (seven feet) at some Norwegian resorts. Voss has done particularly well with another 85cm (nearly three feet) of new snow this week.

Over in North America conditions are getting a little challenging in the USA outside the Northwest (see separate report) but in Westeern Canada it's mostly good, as resorts have healthy snow bases and have received another 10-30cm of fresh snow over the past week keeping the powder fresh. Whistler has all 8000+ acres of terrain, North America's biggest ski area, open and is posting the third deepest snow in the country at 145cm (nearly five feet) with another 20cm in the past week.