A holiday home in the sun may be at the top of the wish list for those Brits who can't handle the endless months of wind and rain, but for the adventure seekers among us an apartment in one of the Continent's various mountain ranges is likely to be a bigger priority.

Indeed, with the ski season well underway and thousands of people taking to the slopes every year in a bid to enjoy the snow, the chance to purchase a flat or chalet in the alpine regions appears to be too tempting to resist for many.

As Property Wire revealed, the latest Alpine Homes Report shows a surge in the number of prospective buyers looking to pick up a property in the mountains, and this is far from surprising when you consider that this year's season is expected to see record snowfall.

What's more, with visitor numbers and hotel bookings having increased too, it appears there could be strong competition for an apartment on the slopes as ski lovers invest in a property if they're going to be returning to the mountains year after year.

"New Year brings fresh snow and fresh buyers," said Jeremy Rollason, managing director of Alpine Homes.

"Activity has increased significantly. We have made four sales in both Austria and Switzerland so far in January. Resorts include Zell am See and Turracher Hohe in Austria and The Four Valleys in Switzerland. Prices range from €330,000 (£284,436) in Austria up to Chf2 million (£1.4 million) in Switzerland."

However, while the opportunity to buy a ski home is likely to appeal to many, it's important to remember to protect your chalet or apartment appropriately considering that it may be unoccupied for long periods at a time.

This means that second home insurance will be vital to guarding against the cost of damage or theft, ensuring that no unexpected costs come up after you've bought your mountain getaway.