The list is getting longer. Chicago, then Beijing ... now Switzerland.
Alpine ski resorts have welcomed a first blanket of snow, allowing some to open early and raising hopes of a bumper season despite the economic downturn.
In Verbier, Switzerland, where one in five tourists is British, more than a mile of ski runs opens today for weekend skiing. It is the earliest start to the winter season for 11 years thanks to the 50cm (19in) of snow that has fallen this week.
Verily, those 'gators will be basking off the Swedish coast before you can say 'David Miliband is a wildly deluded throbber'.
H/T Smart Mark