Cervinia, on the Italian side of the Matterhorn from Zermatt, has reported another 90cm of snow has fallen in the past 24 hours, taking its 7 day accumulation total up to 2.4 metres – or eight feet.

The ski area is already open for winter 2019-20 and is currently welcoming  skiers and borders with slopes boasting incredibly deep fresh powder for this early in the season – it’s upper slope base depth is already 255cm (8.5 feet) and there’s more than 70cm (over two feet) of snow lying in resort.

Temperatures are also reported to be well in to double digits below freezing.

Cervinia’s neighbour Zermatt reported 70cm of snow in the past 24 hours and resorts across the Alps that are already open have posted 30-60cm 24 hour accumulations.

But this is just the latest snowstorm of two weeks of heavy snowfall across Western Europe, with more forecast, the next heavy wave expected on Sunday.

Although no other ski area is reporting more than two metres of snow in the last week, a number including the Austrian Stubai and Hintertux (pictured below yesterday) glaciers, along with Zermatt again and (yet to open for the season) Val Gardena in the Dolomites report more than a metre of snow fall since last Friday.