Hi I'm South African,
Went to La Plagne from 12Jan to 19Jan, had a fair amount of snowfall, was awesome, just colder than what I expected, last time I rode in Europe was 2008. I'm not wanting to wait this long for the next trip, looking at 2014 hopefully. We took 2 days longer to get back home than planned, with airport closures and snowfall, ended up sleeping in Geneva airport and the following night in Frankfurt airport. I sometimes get jealous that we don't have any decent mountains( with snow ) here and it's quite costly to go to Europe to ride, we have a mountain about 4 hours from where I live, but it sucks in comparison. It has one run of about 1km length.
I always tell myself that some time in the snow is better than no time.