Travel litigation expert Clare Campbell has expressed concern at reports that one in three Brits who head off on skiing and snowboarding holidays are failing to check they have suitable winter sports travel insurance before travelling.
Research carried out by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and ABTA, questioned 600 holidaymakers and the results indicated that 31% of winter sports enthusiasts are going abroad without checking they have an appropriate insurance policy.
Said Clare, “The news gets more disturbing because it seems older holidaymakers are even likelier than their younger counterparts to hit the slopes without the right cover. Some 55% of skiers aged 65 and above do not to take out adequate cover, more than double the 24% of 25 to 34 year-olds who fail to check they are covered for activities such as skiing or snowboarding.
“We are in high-season for winter sports hols and hundreds of thousands of us will be visiting resorts throughout Europe and North America between now and the end of the season. It is vital tourists check their travel insurance details before they leave these shores.
“In the event of an accident adequate cover is crucial because the bills for medical treatment and for bringing an injured person home can be astronomical.
“It is a matter of record that 45 British holidaymakers have died while on skiing or snowboarding holidays since 2012 and many more have sustained injuries either on designated slopes or off-piste.”
Clare urges skiers and snowboarders to follow the advice being issued by ABTA and the FCO to check travel insurance policies before going abroad.
She added finally, “Go on holiday, have fun in the snow skiing and snowboarding, but make sure you travel aware, travel safe and travel insured.”