White gold started appearing this week in the Swiss, French, Italian and Austrian Alps as well as in other mountainous areas of the world such as the United States and Canada. In Valais in Switzerland, the resorts recorded 20 to 40 centimetres (7 to 15 inches) and in higher altitudes in the Simplon and Great St. Bernard snow reached up to a meter fifty (5 feet).
The snowiest resort in the Alps is Beuil les Launes in the Alpes Maritimes (France) with a thickness of 2.10 meters down the slopes and 2.60 meters at the top.
The snow started falling heavily over the Alps and North America earlier this week. Snowfalls should stop over the weekend, with a thaw in sight for the French and Swiss Alps, but will be back soon over the Alps, North America, Europe and Asia.