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Snow reports

Most parts of the Alps had snow over the holidays, but more is still needed. In general, Austria looks best - mid-week, all major resorts had all their lifts open, despite typical village snow depths of a modest 25cm. For more reassuring figures, head east (to Flachau, for example) or go high (to Obergurgl) or both (to Obertauern).

Davos/ Klosters looked snowy on the mid-week TV pictures of the latest Royal skiing incident, but the lower runs here, as elsewhere in Switzerland, are scratchy at best. The heaviest French falls have mostly been in the south (Alpe d'Huez), with resort-level depths of 50cm to one metre; in the mega-resorts of Savoie, cover at resort level is generally no more than adequate - but Val d'Isere/ Tignes has had a more serious dump than its neighbours.

Further north in Haute Savoie the lower resorts have problems, La Clusaz, for example, is only half-open. Italy has had a share in the recent falls, but rain at lower altitudes around Christmas did some damage. Across the pond, there's fresh snow in Colorado - and in western Canada. More snow looks likely this week both in the Alps and the Rockies.