If you’re among the thousands of keen skiers who’ve been clicking solemnly through the internet’s various snow forecast websites and mountainside webcams, forlornly hoping for conditions in the Alps to improve, then we have some good news for you... it’s set to tip down up there!

Snow conditions in the Alps, it could be said, have been decidedly average since winter 2014/15 swung its doors open last December. But with temperatures set to fall over the next few hours and days plus fresh snowfall due, things are looking up.

The vast majority of resorts can now lay claim to a decent base level of snow - even down to village-level – and many are now staring down the barrel of an impressive 50cms of the fresh stuff! Tignes is due 20cms today (Friday), and we’re expecting over 70cms in other high-altitude resorts like Zermatt and Verbier. Across Lombardy and the Dolomites in Italy, 60-70cms is expected to fall over the next day and a half, boosting the quality of the skiing there most wonderfully.

We received this mountainscape shot from one of our intrepid contacts in the Alps. It's absolutely bucketing down out there!  

Elsewhere, resorts across the South French Alps are due to see... Hang on. All this talk of improving conditions begs the question: how much snow does one need in order to enjoy a ski? The fact of the matter is that since mid-Dec, the majority of the lifts have been open and it’s been, to all intents and purposes, business as usual. Snow is falling, winter is upon us... Now stop looking at the numbers, get out there and get stuck in!