This is meant to urge you all into playing it safe. Everybody has been waiting for the snow throughout December and now, when it finally comes just do not make the mistake of running out your front door onto the steep slopes.
Mind the avalanche situation, check the report and play it safe. As the saying goes: Better safe than sorry.
For the alps, see the following reports! As you can see the situation is not that good just now.
K2 gave some advice on the how-to in backcountry terrain, which I posted here last winter: Cutting a slope