A number of people looking forward to visiting M\u00e9ribel have expressed worries about the unusually warm winter.So, what\u2019s the reality and what can you expect to find?Late 2015 WinterWhatever your position is on the subject of global warming, it\u2019s an indisputable fact that the winter of late 2015 has been unusually mild in much of Western Europe. Many countries have seen almost early spring-like weather for much of the pre-New Year winter and early January 2016 hasn\u2019t shown much change either.Now for many, that\u2019s not exactly bad news, because commuters, businesses and those people that enjoy an outdoor life don\u2019t usually think highly of wintertime. However, if you\u2019re a winter sports fan, a mild winter is no fun.For those visiting M\u00e9ribel in the near future, the ongoing warmer temperatures might be concerning. Understandably, some skiers and snowboarders are worried about whether or not they\u2019re going to find snow upon arrival!PromisesThe first thing to remember is that when visiting M\u00e9ribel, you\u2019ll be in the French Alps at a maximum altitude of 2952m. So, what you see out of your bedroom window isn\u2019t likely to be much of a guide.At that altitude, there is snow around \u2013 and a fair bit of it. Having said that though, it\u2019s fair to say that so far snow falls have been below average and that is making a difference.The good news is that ski resorts have been working flat-out to address the problem and they have an impressive array of kit \u2013 including snow cannons \u2013 to help them keep good snows levels on the slopes. So, most of the pistes themselves are good and ready for recreation.Where the reduced snow has had an impact is off-piste and at lower levels. However, even there it\u2019s not necessary to despair.At this stage, weather forecasts are worth mentioning. Compared to UK weather, the conditions in the Alps are a bit more predictable. The weather here is usually a little more easily and reliably forecasted, though it\u2019s true that nobody can actually promise anything. Even so, at the car wash brush heads time of writing the forecast looks good with the weather turning colder over the next few days or weeks and more snow widely expected through the rest of 2016\u2019s early winter.Getting readyIt\u2019s worth saying also that it\u2019s not that unusual to have \u2018low snow\u2019 scares in the Alps during December. Seasoned skiers in the area and locals alike know that late-year skiing isn\u2019t always guaranteed to have lots and lots of fresh snow.So, if you\u2019re thinking about visiting M\u00e9ribel, check the resort-specific forecasts and don\u2019t get too worried about that guy you\u2019ve just seen walking along in the street with his shorts on! It\u2019s going to be very different once you\u2019re up in those beautiful mountains.Lukas Johannes is a driver for Shuttle Direct, the number one provider of shared and private airport transfers all over Europe and northern Africa. If you're for a ski holiday, Lukas and his colleagues can make sure that you get to and from the airport swiftly and safely with your luggage and ski equipment.