The Swiss Alps have finally had snowfall after a month of freakishly warm weather that had disappointed many skiers and snowboarders.

Skiing in the Swiss Alps.

Skiing in the Swiss Alps. Image by Alex Grechman / CC BY 2.0

Up to 30cm of snow fell over the weekend and more is predicted this week, although the change in weather came too late for Christmas season holidaymakers, many of whom had packed their bags on Sunday. Resorts in western Switzerland, which was hit hardest by the snow drought had been forced to offer alternative activities for visitors, such as hiking. This December was the warmest in Switzerland since records began in 1868. Read more:  and