On the Planneralm (one of the ski resorts that was cut off a week ago) there are very good skiing conditions again with all lifts open and all slopes well-prepared.
Austria can now start to capitalise on the heavy snowfall of last week now that the problems it caused have eased. Lisa-Maria Beck of Lech Zürs Tourismus told Skiinfo.com's Pascal Bovée,
"We've had an increased number of overnight stays and arrivals compared to last season, which was already the best winter ever. We have had more guests from Germany, in parts due to a tv campaign we launched last November. We are very pleased by the current numbers. Of course there are still important months to come and what counts is the final result after the season. But we are very optimistic that this winter season will show no sign of recession."
Skiinfo's Snowfinder snowfall projection service forecasts much more new snow for Lech Zürs up to Sunday (more than a metre; see: http://www.skiinfo.com/snowreport/snowfinder_detail.jsp?product.skiinfo.DESTID=EATXLECHZURS )
The rate of snowfall has also slowed down in Switzerland where Zermatt received another 18cm (seven inches) of snow in the past week taking its European best snow depth of 715cm (24 feet) on its glacier. Davos also received more snow, adding 15cm (six inches) to its snow depth.
In Germany it's the Zugspitzplatt near Garmisch that has the greatest snow depth with 385cm (13 feet), Nesselwang had the most snowfall in the past week, adding a foot (30cm) of new snow.