Why you need Winter Sports Travel Insurance
No-one really thinks about what could go wrong when they go on holiday, and that shows in the number of people who don’t purchase travel insurance.
In fact, you may be surprised to hear that according to research by ABTA, the numbers of uninsured vacationers has risen significantly in recent years.
In 2011, one in five of us weren’t purchasing insurance, now that number has gone up to one in four.
Know your cover:
Obviously, holidays are an exciting time for us all, but if anything was to happen on the slopes, would you be fully covered?
When going on a Winter sports holiday, there are so many things to take into account that you wouldn’t for a beach holiday. Here’s just a few:
- Ski/Snowboard Equipment – whether it is your own or you are hiring.
- Avalanche Cover
- Skiing on and off Piste in resort
- No snow cover
- Specialist emergency medical cover
If you are going away for the first time, or you’re an avid skier, you need to ensure your travel insurance covers you fully, and that you have it in the first place!
It’s better to be safe than sorry. Especially when in an emergency, for example an air ambulance to repatriate you home could cost you anywhere from £1,200 from France to the UK, up to £35,000 from the East Coast of the USA. (Source)
Until the facts and figures are in front of you, it’s hard to really appreciate just how much you are getting from your policy.
Always make sure you check your policy wording before you travel, and contact your insurer if you have any queries.
What to do in an emergency:
If you are injured on the Piste, you should be able to find a lift operator or ski patrol to assist you. If you’re not the injured party, remember to never leave the person who is injured alone. In an emergency, you can also call an ambulance from anywhere in the world on 112.
Your travel insurance provider will have an emergency contact for you to call, and you should try to do this as soon as possible.
If you are a Holidaysafe customer it will be 0203 824 0707 and this will go through to Emergency Assistance Facilities.
They are open 24/7 and will help liaise with the hospital on your behalf.
Ensure you have done as much preparation before travelling as possible.
- If you are travelling to Europe, ensure you have your EHIC
- Get fit! You are more likely to injure yourself if you have not prepared your body for the slopes.
- Helmets are a personal choice, but some resorts and insurers will require you to wear them, so ensure to check this.
- Yes, you are having fun in the snow, but the sun is much stronger than you think. Wear appropriate strength sun cream and lip balm too.
- Goggles are also a must, or sunglasses if you wish.
- Make sure you check the runs suitable for your skill set before going up on the ski lift.
- If travelling off Piste, only do this if you are experienced, as it is much more unpredictable than the beaten track.
- Be aware of potential avalanches, always check the weather and any avalanche zones before heading onto the slopes.
- The International Ski Federation’s FIS Rules on conduct must be followed at all times, so make sure you have read them thoroughly.
For more information:
Here at Holidaysafe, we have designed a range of products for skiers, by skiers, so you know you’re got the cover you need while on the slopes.
Click here for more information.
Please note, Holidaysafe's online prices automatically include a 15% discount against our Customer Service Centre prices.