The first snows of winter are yet to fall here in the Alpine resort of Villars in Switzerland. Yet locals tell me that the white layers I can see on the jagged peaks of the Dents du Midi, across the other side of the valley, fell a couple of days ago.
Plenty of people ski The Alps. Some, with more grit, hike the rocky terrane. I've done both, across Austria, Switzerland, France and Italy, but not Slovenia, Liechtenstein or Germany, where the ranges stretch across Upper Bavaria and the Allgäu.