As thousands of Brits prepare to head off on snow sports holidays this winter, research from
Surprisingly, those most likely to travel without the appropriate cover were in the over-55 age bracket, with almost half of that group (46%) admitting that they never check that they are covered for winter sports, significantly above the general average of 33%.
There have been 58 British deaths and 118 hospitalisations from skiing and snowboarding holidays reported to the FCO in European resorts in the last 4 years, with thousands more suffering injuries both on- and off-piste. To increase awareness of the importance of being prepared, the FCO has teamed up once again with
"As the ski season gets under way, we want to ensure that everyone is adequately prepared for their winter sports holiday. The research from
"People heading off to the slopes this winter should make sure they are covered by the appropriate travel insurance. Winter sports holidays often include activities that may not be covered by the usual insurance policies, so we would advise holidaymakers to check that they are covered for everything they plan to do.
"Unfortunately, accidents can happen and can lead to costly medical bills, but having appropriate insurance means people can rest assured that they are adequately covered and can make the most of their time on the slopes."
Five-time Olympian and #SkiSafe campaign ambassador
"It's fantastic to see so many Brits heading off each winter to take part in the sport I love. There's a wide range of resorts to choose from across
"Most of the time, nobody will run into any trouble, but to ensure a safe and enjoyable trip, it's important to stay vigilant on your winter sports break. There have been 58 British deaths in the last 4 years relating to skiing and snowboarding holidays, and many more injuries and hospitalisations, and so being prepared is key.
"But far from wanting to discourage people from going away this year, I just want to make sure that everyone is taking the necessary precautions to make their trip as fun as possible. Have a look at my top tips for some of the main things to take note of both on and off the slopes."