Lessons Learned from the 2016 Ski Season
The peak 2016 winter sports season is now well and truly over, but following the fall of the Pound against the Euro, a lack of snow across Europe and several high profile medical emergencies, what can be learnt for next season?
Throughout the winter months we reported on the lack of snow in Europe, which unfortunately put a damper on the season as a whole. Many travellers arrived at their destination to find green meadows rather than snowy slopes, and although resorts used snow cannons, the distinct lack of real snow led to a rise in injuries and disappointment for many.
As the weather in uncontrollable, the only ways you can really protect yourself against no snow is to ensure you have a specialist winter sports travel insurance policy which includes cover for this eventuality, plus book your holiday as last minute as you dare depending on weather reports.
As with any sport, injuries are common on winter sports holidays, but due to the warm weather there was an increase in high profile and deadly avalanches this season. When skiing off piste, always ensure you take an experienced guide, adhere to warning signs and restrictions, plus carry the correct equipment to alert people if you find yourself in a tricky situation.
The fall of the Pound against the Euro
The rise and fall of the pound against foreign currencies is completely outside of our control, but could mean we spend a lot more on our holidays. Once again research and preparation is key – check the Post Office’s annual travel costs survey to ensure your holiday budget won’t be blown once you arrive at your destination.
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