While everyone loves the rush of crisp mountain air as they ski effortlessly down the snowy slopes that can be found in the Alps and the Pyrenees, the fun is often over all too quickly as you have to give up the fantastic scenery and jet back home to the rainy streets of Britain after a week or two.

That's the reason why a property in one of Europe's many ski resorts is the ideal getaway for any keen skier, as the chance to take to the slopes as often as you like is something that appeals to people who relish the thrill of flying down the mountains - a buzz that is hard to find elsewhere.

So with the euro currently struggling and sterling improving its strength against the single currency, it's no surprise that the ski specialist team at Erna Low Property have seen a rise in the number of prospective buyers searching for a second home in the French Alps as the ski season kicks off.

As Property Wire reports, the company has seen a year-on-year increase in transactions of 30 per cent, with two bedroom apartments proving to be most popular among British buyers.

And with the lowest-ever French mortgage interest rates providing an added incentive for people to take the plunge and snap up a bargain, it seems that a snowy getaway in the Alps is the first choice for a growing number of people.

Francois Marchand, general manager at Erna Low Property, said: "In my opinion, as long as the snow falls, the Alpine property market will remain strong and the snow is already here for holiday makers wishing to spend Christmas in the French Alps."

But as the heavy snow starts to fall and the excitement begins to build, it's important that anyone who does invest in a bargain in the mountains remembers the importance of holiday home insurance to protect their new property.