Snow joke if you get caught off-piste!
It seems that you won’t have to go too far to get snow this week. Winter has well and truly arrived. It’s enough to turn our thoughts to winter sports isn’t it? Funny that, especially when we’ve been talking about it all this month in the World First blog. Perhaps we should have saved it until December and had a little punt on it being a white Christmas this year?
Nevertheless, this is a good time to start thinking about winter sports holidays. There’s nothing like a dusting of the white stuff to get us searching the attic for our sliding gear and salopettes. But before you go mad, jump on the ski train, book a flight to Geneva and pack up the car for the Cairngorms, make sure that you spend just five minutes reading the small print of your holiday insurance before you go. At least that’s what Simon Jack from BBC Breakfast was urging us to do this morning. He’s right too. When you’re half way up a mountain and fancy going wild among the trees I doubt you’ll have your policy documents with you will you? Probably not.
The reason we say this is because many policies simply won’t cover you if you go off piste. So if you leave the safety of the runs and fall down a tree hole (and I sincerely hope you don’t) you’ll soon find out that theÂ bill for your medical expenses and even repatriation could land on your doorstep. With a very loud thud I shouldn’t wonder.
The important thing to do is check before you go. Or buy your winter sports travel insurance from someone who’ll cover you for most eventualities, like skiing off-piste! World First ski travel insurance policies will cover you forÂ skiing or snowboardingÂ off-piste – as long as you remain within resort boundaries or go with a qualified guide. That means that you’ll need to plan a little if you want to go for the srious stuff. But at least you’ll be able to do it without worrying.
And, as for all the other unexpected eventualities on your ski holiday, World First winter sports travel insurance will cover most things such as piste closure, loss of equipment, loss of luggage, being unable to ski. They will even cover you if you decide to take up ice skating while you’re there. But if you plan on trying out the ski jump, better take another look at the small print. Just in case.
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