So next fall I'm studying abroad in Europe, and am planning on staying the week after the semester ends to ski. I've done a lot of research, most of which has told me that the snow quality in most places before Christmas (or really before mid-January) tends to suck, but was curious where everyone would suggest, regardless. I love tree skiing, but have reserved myself to the fact that there probably won't be enough base built up at lower elevations to do that. But if anyone can enlighten me to some magical resort in the alps that has great early season snow but is one that I could potentially find some good tree runs, I'd really appreciate it. I know I've sounded picky, but I really will ski anything that has snow on it at that point in the year. (I hear the higher elevations make for some terrific views anyway, so I'm really not all that upset.) Also, I'll have the luxury of being able to book tickets/accommodations a week or even days in advance, so I'll be able to track the forecast...nonetheless, still just trying to gather as much information as I can.