As resorts across the southern hemisphere close their doors to skiers and boarders it’s now the turn of Europe, the USA and Canada to get in on the action.  After a week of newsletters bombarding my inbox with “It’s Snowing” in the subject line I’m in no doubt we’ve now seen the first significant snowfall of the 2011/12 season on both sides of the Atlantic. In Europe, the Swiss Alps were the winners with up to 80cm of fresh snow falling.  In France, Les Menuires in the Three Valleys also fared well with up to 40cm and Chamonix, Courchevel and Meribel awoke to a moderate covering of snow on Sunday morning.  After a month of no resorts being open in France, Tignes re-opened the Grande Motte Glacier which will now remain open all the way through until May 2012. [caption id="attachment_2478" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Monday morning in Chamonix under the Autannes chairlift. Photo: Compagnie du Mont-Blanc[/caption] Across the pond it was Whistler making the headlines with their video “First turns of the new season in Whistler”.  Making the most of the fresh snow on the Blackcomb Glacier skiers Callum Pettit and Mike Douglas were choppered up to sample some of the fresh powder. Here’s how they got on......"Watch first turns of the season" Moving south into the USA, Mammoth reported 40cm of fresh snow followed by similar reports from Park City, Squaw and Jackson Hole. [caption id="attachment_2485" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Over 20cm of snow fell in Panorama, Canada.[/caption] With another El Nina year predicted and significant early snow already falling, we’re preparing for a bumper winter season.  We’ve got some outstanding Early Booking Offers throughout France, the USA and Canada but deadlines are fast approaching so be quick. For expert advice on your perfect Winter 2011/2012 holiday call us on 0131 243 8097 or fill in an email quote request by clicking here.