Piste Off Climate Change
The naked slopes that plagued Europe's alpine resorts last year appeared to sound the death knell for many of them. But, a year on, the picture could not be more different.
Skiers were this weekend gearing up for a bumper season after slopes began to open more than six weeks before the official start to the season.
Pistes in Austria boasted pristine conditions after early falls and low temperatures left resorts blanketed with snow.
A report by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development released last December warned that climate change could make family ski holidays a thing of the past within two decades.