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Where is the snow?

"HAD enough of ski resorts with no snow?" asks an ad in the current easyJet inflight magazine. It was placed by the resort of Val Thorens in the confident expectation it would open on the third weekend of November.

But that was postponed because the resort -- like much of the Alps -- has experienced the warmest and driest autumn for decades. From the Pyrenees to the Balkans, the unseasonably warm autumn means many mountains are bare.