Resorts all across the Alps are celebrating even though Christmas and New Year are over. But the celebrations are because the snow drought appears to be coming to an end, just as the holiday hordes are packing their bags to return home.
Many, though, will have enjoyed the week of sunshine between Christmas and New Year, even though shrinking pistes have had to cope with increasing crowds. The resaurants, at least, will have been laughing. That is, unless they were only accessible via pistes that were closed because of lack of snow.
The Northern French Alps and the Western Alps have received the most snow, so far. More snow is expected this week.
The Atlantic weather systems that been affecting the UK are now tracking across Europe (see chart below), and for the rest of the week the weather is very complex and volatile with separate low pressure systems and troughs appearing and spinning off the main area of low pressure hence the forecasts can be so different to the actual, especially so in the mountains where one valley can receive treble the volume of another 5km away!