Following a period of unseasonably mild weather in December, temperatures have now plunged and the first snowflakes are finally falling in the Alps. Winter tourism operators are delighted, and they are not the only ones.
Police in France say at least four people have died in an avalanche in the southern Alps near the border with Italy. A rescue operation is underway for another person believed to be missing.
Snow comes later, melts earlier, and is not nearly as deep as it was 30 years ago. EU scientists are racing to help winter tourism regions adapt to climate change — but is manmade snow the answer?
Extreme weather warnings have been issued across Europe as the full force of gales and blizzard conditions from Siberia loom. The death toll from freezing temperatures across Europe has risen to at least 48.
Ski resorts, ice sculptures and celebrations: Germany in the winter is not just cold and grey. How well do you know this country? Test your knowledge and discover some travel tips for the cold season.
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