It's still only November, but heavy snowfalls already have been reported across Europe.  The end of October brought fresh powder to resorts across Austria, France, Switzerland, and Italy.

Switzerland's Saas Fee received a massive 220cm and Zermatt had 150cm between Oct. 27 and Nov. 4. The French resorts of Megeve and Alpe d'Huez received 50cm and Val d'Isere, Courchvel, and Tignes had 20cm. Heavy snowfall is forecast to continue in Tignes which should make for excellent powder skiing on the Grand Motte Glacier.

Fresh snow has also fallen in Austria and Italy. The Glacial resorts of Austria are seeing big dumps: Hintertux received a whopping 110cm, Molltal had 80cm, and the Stubai Glacier had 60cm. Italy's Val Senales and Cervinia also are experiencing heavy snowfall and Cervinia's Presena Glacier opened Nov. 1.

Among the first European resorts to open for real  will be Val Thorens on Nov. 22 and Val d'Isere and Tignes, Nov. 29. Tignes is also planning an extra special New Year's Eve 2009. The resort is hosting an outdoor party with a snow-covered dance floor. Some 15,000 people are expected to dance New Year's Eve away to tunes from the DJs of Clubland.