Images of fresh snow in Italy’s South Tyrol mountains this past weekend was a welcome sight for skiers in one of the regions hardest hit by the pandemic.
Ski resorts in northern Italy have been off-limits since the first COVID-19 lockdown in 2020, meaning this past weekend is the first time they've been open in nearly two years.
As if on cue, snow fell on the slopes of Plan de Corones ski area last week, just in time for the opening of the season.
Skiers made their way to this South Tyrol valley from all over Italy as Plan de Corones is one of the first valleys to open up their slopes.
Despite the excitement surrounding a return to the slopes, the Omicron variant of COVID-19 looms large over European tourism.
Having suffered greatly over the past 20 months, the tourism sector is moving forward with uncertainty as borders across Europe are starting to close once again.