If you're flying from Heathrow to France for a winter sports holiday, you'll want to check the latest snow conditions.
Skiinfo.com offers comprehensive guides to current weather conditions across the world as well as projected snowfalls, a powder alarm service and the Skiers' Lounge where users can exchange news and views.
Recently France has experienced heavy snow falls, particularly in the North Alps at resorts such as Châtel and Avoriaz. This has led to increased visitor numbers according to Laurence Girard, manager of the Taninges - Praz de Lys - Sommand tourist office who told skiinfo.com:
"This year were benefiting from an exceptional quality and quantity of snow and conditions have been perfect since the end of November. The resort has seen excellent visitor numbers, the best for December and January for a long time. "
Extreme weather conditions have also led to more accidents on the slopes. Make sure you have taken out appropriate winter sports insurance cover when you head off to the mountains.
British airways and Air France fly to France from Heathrow airport. Relax before hitting the slopes, and pre-book the night before your flight at the Heathrow Marriott Hotel, a luxury 4-star retreat.
Room at the Heathrow Marriott hotel with up to eight days holiday parking from £99*
*Please note:This price is correct for bookings searched on January 22, 2009. Prices are subject to change. Remember to book the Marriott Hotel in advance to get the best price and availability.