31% of skiers on thin ice? Not with World First Winter Sports cover.
We’ve had some shocking stats from ABTA, via our Know Before You Go partners, The Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The stats, which are the result of an ABTA study among 600 travellers, reveal that 31% of British nationals heading off to the slopes this winter may not have adequate winter sports cover – because they don’t check whether or not their travel insurance will cover them if the suffer an injury while out on the slopes.
The over 65s bracket were even worse than the average, with 55% of them failing to check the small print in their travel policies. At the end fo the scale it was the younger age bracket – aged 25-34 – who were the most travel cover conscious. Just 25% of them set off without checking to see if their cover would cover winter sports. It’s better but it’s still a quarter.
You might well ask what the problem is with this, if they have cover. Well, as insurers we need to know what you are up to so that we can give you the right amount of cover. All policies are different , so if you head off with an annual policy that covers you for weekends away and holidays in the sun, it won’t cover winter sports. That means that if you injure yourself your cover will be invalid.
In the last 3 years, sadly, there have been 45 deaths among British skiers and snowboarders reported to the FCO, with thousands more needing treatment for injuries sustained both on and off piste.
Here at World First we insure thousands of skiers every year. Our Winter Sports cover includes cover for equipment, whether it’s rented or yours, cover for off piste skiing, cover if the slopes are closed and cover if your equipment gets damaged. And that’s on top of the cover we offer in each of our policy types, which includes up to £10m in emergency medical cover.
We can also cover your medical conditions too, and cover you if you are over 65 or under 35. We can do it at a price that’s fair too. So there;s no excuse not to head oiff knowing that you have done the right thing and got cover that will be right there with you all the way.
Advice for skiers from the FCO
The FCO, as part of their campaign, have put together an infographic to help keep you safe on the slopes. Take a look at it HERE.
They have also put together the following advice with the help of four time Winter Olympian Chemmy Alcott:
- Take out comprehensive travel insurance with winter sports cover and check what it covers
- If heading to Europe, travel with a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) to get free necessary treatment at public hospitals
- Make sure your passport is valid before you travel
- Check the FCO’s travel advice for the country you are visiting
- Keep up to date with the local weather conditions before you go and while you’re in resort
In resort advice:
- Stick with your mates when walking back to your hotel or chalet and follow the signed paths
- Only ski off-piste if you are a confident skier, aware of the risks and are with a qualified guide
- Wear a helmet
- Remember the effects of drinking alcohol increase at altitude – your judgement, coordination and reaction times may be affected
- Make sure you and your friends know that in an emergency, the number to call is 112 in Europe and 911 in USA