If you are struggling to cool down as Australia's summer heats up, take a look at some of the most captivating pictures from snow-covered Europe.
Australian alpine areas have enjoyed bumper snowfalls this week, but many of us are unaware of the unrelenting work happening out of sight to keep our ski resorts in good shape throughout the snow season.
Workers require heavy machinery to clear snow walls up to 7m deep from "extraordinary" avalanche in France's south-east as extreme weather causes chaos across the alpine region.
A popular Victorian ski resort says it is confident conditions on its mountain are safe despite an avalanche warning for the Victorian Alpine region.
Alpine resorts ramp up investment in snowmaking technology and say man-made snow can replace natural snowfall as climate change threatens to dramatically reduce the length of Australian ski seasons.