A week of festivities has been organised at the French ski resort of Chamonix
to celebrate the start of the 2009-10 season.
From December 4th to December 8th, a number of events are to be held to commemorate the partial opening of Les Grands Montets ski area.
These include the official switching-on of the town of Chamonix's illuminations, as well as the opening of the first life-sized Advent calendar window.
A lucky draw will also be held, with prizes including a free season pass and 144 bottles of champagne.
Meanwhile, over in Val d'Isere
, the Espace Killy ski area has also been opened, offering skiers the chance to explore 300km of slopes.
A covering of 80cm of snow is in place in the area, while the last reported snowfall was on December 4th.
Written by Chris Smith