"The autumn frenzy to purchase snow tires begins!" said a resort spokesperson.
"There's always an element of excitement when the first snow falls, but sometimes it arrives a little early and neither Mother Nature (nor the locals) are quite prepared! Besides the inevitable snowball fights and flourishing snowmen, there was a great deal of shaking, tying and pruning as the leafy trees bowed under the weight of the snow!"
As usual, the slopes of the Grands Montets will be the first to open in the Chamonix Valley (www.compagniedumontblanc.fr). The official opening date is the first weekend in December, but the area will open for the last two weekends of November if there is sufficient snow.