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

Powder conditions in Andermatt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the slopes in Andermatt. Courtesy of Toni Birrer

For a full list of resorts, see Switzerland's snow report

 

FRANCE'S DEEPEST SNOW:

1. Les Arcs/La Plagne (Paradiski) - 120-305cm

2. Tignes/Val d'Isere (Espace Killy) - 145-252cm

3. La Rosiere - 175-225cm

4. Flaine -120-200cm

5. Avoriaz/Morzine (Portes du Soleil) - 50-220cm

Powder snow in La Plagne

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

La Plagne's lower slopes.

For a full list of ski resorts, see France's snow report

 

 

AUSTRIA'S DEEPEST SNOW:

1. St. Anton am Arlberg/Lech Zuers (Arlberg) - 75-260cm

2. Lech-Zuers - 85-150cm

3. Obertauern - 90-120cm

4. Ischgl- 60-90cm

5. Flachau - 80-95cm

Off-piste skiing in St. Anton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 has the deepest snow in Italy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cervinia-Valle d'Aosta ski area. Courtesy of Giustino.

For a full list of resorts, see Italy's snow report