As cold weather takes hold across the UK, holiday-makers are already shifting gears from planning beach trips to booking mountain getaways.
But as coronavirus snarled travel plans for many over the summer, it's also expected to put a dent in the number of visitors to Europe's mountain ranges.
The ongoing pandemic means some resorts will face rolling restrictions throughout the season, while others will limit their offerings altogether and cross their fingers for an improved situation in 2022.
Which resorts are open and what are the rules?
While ski resorts across Germany remain closed this early in the autumn, UK visitors may face local regulations if they choose to visit later in the season.
The good news for Welsh tourists is that Germany is exempt from the FCO advice against all non-essential international travel, based on its relatively low Covid-19 risk.
However, local rules are slightly more complicated.
Germany requires visitors from the UK to take a Covid-19 test, notify the local German health authority of their accommodation and then quarantine for 14 days on arrival. In most states, however, a negative test result will then exempt a traveller from the 14-day self-isolation requirement.
On return home to Wales, Welsh residents do not need to quarantine.
Italy reopened to skiers in October after a bout of early snowfall, but the opportunity didn't last long.
Many closed their doors again in less than 48 hours after the government announced a number of new lockdown measures.
The lockdown regulations have forced ski lifts to close until at least November 24.
Speaking at a press conference, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said: “We think we will suffer a bit this month but by gritting our teeth with these restrictions, we’ll be able to breathe again in December."
It also requires that all cinemas, theatres, swimming pools and gyms close their doors temporarily, while bars and restaurants cannot remain open after 6pm.
Those who travel to Italy from Wales must take a Covid-19 test on arrival, or show proof of a negative test.
Travellers will also be required to self-isolate for 14 days upon returning, as per Welsh Government regulations.
Skiing has restarted in France, despite coronavirus causing a difficult end to the 2019-2020 season.
Tignes and Les Deux Alpes are open for business, though skiers should prepare for some restrictions if they go.
Skiers will be required to wear masks on lifts, on buses and in restaurants, and should expect to social distance and follow other restrictions according to resort.
In the UK, the FCO is currently advising against all non-essential travel to France, due to its rising Covid-19 cases, and anyone who does will need to quarantine on return to Wales.
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At present, there are no restrictions on the ski season in Austria.
Resorts have already opened their doors to guests and are not limiting numbers as a result of coronavirus.
However, winter sports enthusiasts are asked to wear masks on lifts, as they may come into close contact with others.
Wales, however, has put restrictions on travellers to Austria.
Currently, the UK Foreign Office advises against all but essential travel to the country.
Those who decide to visit will not need a Covid-19 test to enter the country, but they will need to quarantine for 14 days on return, as per Welsh Government regulations.
Swiss resorts have already opened to skiers and snowboarders despite the ongoing pandemic.
The country has a 1.5-metre social distancing requirement and resorts are asking people to wear face masks to reduce the spread of the virus.
However, additional restrictions will make it difficult for guests visiting from the UK this winter.
Currently, the FCO is advising against all but essential travel to Switzerland and Wales is requiring people to self isolate for 14 days on their return.
Additionally, the Swiss government requires travellers coming from the UK to quarantine 10 days on entry to Switzerland.