People taking ski and snowboard holidays are going away “seriously unprepared”, independent consumer organisation HolidayTravelWatch claims.
Almost two-thirds (64%) say reports of high profile celebrity accidents had made them think and they were now more cautious.
However, despite an awareness of the heightened risk of personal injury, 16% failed to take out travel insurance and almost a quarter (22%) did not realise they needed winter sports cover to be properly protected, a poll found.
The HolidayTravelWatch survey also revealed that while a quarter of people were disappointed with the ski school instruction they received, more than half did not know about the International Ski Instructors Alliance and the British Association of Snow-sport Instructors and their standard requirements for instructors.
Winter sports holidaymakers were also vague about rules and regulations, such as the requirement to obey speed limits on the slopes – restrictions are common throughout Europe – because traveling at high speed puts you at risk of prosecution, and if you injure someone you are classed as being entirely to blame.
Fully comprehensive travel insurance is essential, according to the organisation. The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) does not provide sufficient cover for medical bills or repatriation and does not cover against personal liability claims.
I CAN PROVIDE TRAVEL INSURANCE WITH EVERY HOLIDAY I BOOK. A ANUAL INSURANCE POLICY FOR A FAMILY OF 4, INCLUDING WINTER SPORTS WILL BE £140 FOR THE YEAR – YOU KNOW IT MAKES SENSE….