The early snowfall we’ve seen over the past couple of weeks has got some experts saying this is the best start to a season the Alps has seen in years...if not ever.

It’s not even December yet but 10,000 people were reported to have gone skiing in Val Thorens last weekend, while excitement is building across Europe for the start of the season due to the excellent snowfall we’ve already seen. Meribel is celebrating by giving away 100 free lift passes for their opening day on 7th December, while Andorra is also optimistic for an excellent start to the season.

In St Anton, the resort opens on 7th December, and will be celebrating with a ‘Country Meets Snow’ Event  – this does exactly what it says on the tin and is a mash up of skiing and country music to get the season off to a lively start! From 6th – 8th December there will be live bands in the après bars and also some great ski testing events with the chance to try out some of the latest equipment on the fresh powder. On Saturday 7th the Country Star Awards will be taking place with a performance by celebrated Swiss Country star Marco Gottardi and his Silver Band. Not to be missed if you’re planning an early season trip!