Val Thorens at 2300m, this highest ski resort in Europe

All in all it is a highly encouraging start to the 2017-18 ski season, especially in view of the recent run of exceptionally poor early seasons. Snow conditions in the Alps are generally excellent for the middle of December, with further snow forecast over the next week.  Across the central European Alps the skiing conditions continue to impress, and there is every sign that this could be the season to put recent years out of mind.

The very best snow conditions in the Alps are now in the west and north-west, including most of France, the western and northern Swiss Alps (e.g. Verbier, Mürren, Engelberg), and the far west of Austria (e.g. St Anton, Lech).