The new snow last week, particularly on Friday, saw the French mountains receive healthy increases to their snow depths. About 41 Powder Alarms were triggered on Skiinfo France with over 80cm (2.65 feet) fell in Formiguères, 60cm (two feet) in Puy St Vincent and 50cm (20 inches) in Alpe d'Huez.
Carmen Hernandez, Communications Manager at Formiguères, commented, "With the exceptional snowfall on Friday we now have very good snow cover. At the moment, you can ski on a fresh snow with optimum conditions."
Further snowfalls are expected for the end of the week, particularly on Thursday with around 30cm (a foot) more snow expected at Tignes and Val d'Isere with Argentière and La Clusaz expecting 25cm (10 inches) more.
The Grand Massif area is also doing well with 270cm (nine feet) of snow lying.
Pierre Claessen, Manager of Flaine Tourist Office said, "This year, we received the most important snowfalls at Christmas. The snow is really good but people have to be careful when free riding as conditions off piste are very dangerous at the moment."
The avalanche risk is especially high (4/5) at Abriès, Alpe du Grand-Serre, Auron, Ax les Thermes, Isola 2000, Les 7Laux and Serre Chevalier.