Buoyed by major snowfalls and French families seeking to spend their euros closer to home, France's ski resorts are reporting a boom in business.
Hotels and chalets in the French Alps, the Pyrenees and other mountain resorts were almost fully booked over the holiday season, according to the Protourisme market analysis group.
"We are having an excellent start to the season," said Didier Arino, manager of Protourisme.
"Since the end of November, there has been a double-digit jump in the number of bookings."
....Arino said ski resorts are drawing many French families who have dropped plans for more expensive vacations in the sun.
"The economic crisis is helping French vacation spots. The French are not going abroad as much," said Arino.