by Sam Leaver


22 February 2020




New research from ABTA revealed that more than 3.5 million Brits are putting themselves at risk by not taking out the correct Travel Insurance prior to going on a skiing holiday.

With the winter sports season fast approaching it’s important to have the correct Travel Insurance in place to cover activities such as skiing and snowboarding.

In the 2018/19 ski season ABTA reported more than 200 significant injuries involving British holiday makers including collisions and falls on the slopes. These figures only represent the reported cases and the travel association believes the total number of incidents is much higher.

Nikki White, ABTA’s Director of Destinations and Sustainability, said:

“Nearly a third of winter sports holidaymakers are heading out to the slopes without the appropriate travel insurance in place, putting themselves at risk of costly medical bills if they have an accident while abroad.

“It’s really important that people take out an insurance policy that covers them for all the activities they plan to do on holiday, as well as getting themselves ski-fit beforehand, so they can focus on having an enjoyable and safe trip.”

Those aged 25–34 are the most likely group to have an accident on the slopes (12%), with just over a quarter of 18-24 year olds having the correct cover in place (28%). The 45-54 age group are the most likely to take out the correct Travel Insurance with cover for skiing, snowboarding and other winter sports activities included (51%).

To reduce the risk of significant injury skiers are encouraged to wear a helmet when taking part in winter sports activities and check that their equipment fits correctly. Here are our top 7 tips for staying safe on the slopes.

Seven tips to stay safe on the slopes this ski season

  • Make sure your Travel Insurance covers all of your planned activities.

  • Don’t reply on your EHIC (European Health Insurance Card), it may not cover all your medical costs and will not pay for your return to the UK if you are injured.

  • Preparation is key, get fit for your holiday so that you are physically prepared, you’re less likely to injure yourself.

  • Choose the correct route/pistes – Never attempt slopes beyond your level of ability.

  • Always wear a helmet, failure to do so may invalidate your Travel Insurance, regardless of the local legal requirements.

  • Be avalanche aware by checking snow reports, weather forecasts and avalanche risk levels.

  • Know your limits, alcohol impacts your judgement and your insurance cover may be invalid if you are intoxicated.

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