Are you dreaming of a White Christmas? You're not alone. Ski resorts across Europe are asking Santa for bountiful December snowfall in the hopes of satisfying the needs of their guests during one of the busiest weeks of the year.
The snow may have arrived late in Europe, but now that it's here, there's no stopping it! Fresh snow has been falling across The Alps over the last two weeks and the number of open lifts and slopes is increasing by the day. And yet more powder is forecast for this week.
To make sure your Christmas is snowy and white, we've compiled a list of the top five ski resorts with the deepest powder in Switzerland, France, Austria, and Italy.
SWITZERLAND'S DEEPEST SNOW:
1. Anzere - 150-275cm
2. Andermatt - 110-250cm
3. Leukerbad - 140-200cm
4. Crans Montana - 180-150cm
5. Flumserberg - 100-150cm
On the slopes in Andermatt. Courtesy of Toni Birrer
For a full list of resorts, see Switzerland's snow report
FRANCE'S DEEPEST SNOW:
3. La Rosiere - 175-225cm
4. Flaine -120-200cm
La Plagne's lower slopes.
For a full list of ski resorts, see France's snow report
AUSTRIA'S DEEPEST SNOW:
2. Lech-Zuers - 85-150cm
3. Obertauern - 90-120cm
4. Ischgl- 60-90cm
5. Flachau - 80-95cm
Off-piste skiing in St. Anton. Courtesy of eggerbraeu
For a full list of ski resorts, see Austria's snow report
ITALY'S DEEPEST SNOW:
1. Cervinia-Valle d'Aosta - 170-270cm
2. Pila - 80-150cm
3. Courmayeur - 80-145cm
4. Champoluc-Monterosa Ski - 60-120cm
5. Bardonecchia - 40-100cm
Cervinia-Valle d'Aosta ski area. Courtesy of Giustino.
For a full list of resorts, see Italy's snow report