Ski Club of Great Britain warns skiers about the risks of skiing without insurance

The Ski Club of Great Britain today warned skiers and snowboarders that they could face huge bills if they do not take out appropriate travel insurance with suitable cover for their snowsports holiday this season.

On a poll on skiclub.co.uk, 34% of those questioned said their insurance only covered them for the basics or they were not covered at all. 
 
“People who are unlucky enough to have an accident on the slopes can often get caught out by either forgetting to take out insurance, thinking they can risk going away without it or not taking out adequate cover. The key is to read the small print and make sure your policy covers you for all the activities you will be taking part in.” Said Alyn Morgan, Information Manager at the Ski Club of Great Britain. 
 
The Ski Club offers the following tips for buying snowsports travel insurance: 
 
Don’t just go for the cheapest travel insurance policy. Cheaper policies may not cover all winter activities. 
 
If you think you may be partaking in any extra winter activities such as off-piste skiing or snowboarding, snowparks, snowmobiling, dog-sledding, tobogganing or ski touring make sure your policy covers you for this. 
 
Annual multi-trip insurance policies can often save time and money if you take several trips a year. Most specialist snowsports policies also cover for summer activities. 
 
The real cost when things go wrong: 
 
If you do have an accident and you are not insured you may end up with a frightening bill. 
 
Potential costs for European accidents: 
Cost of an air ambulance: £5,000 - £10,000 
Repatriation to the UK (with family escort): £200 - £800 
Repatriation to the UK (with stretcher): £3,350 - £3700 (This can increase by up to £2,000 if the airline apply a surcharge) 
 
Potential costs for accidents in North America: 
Cost of an air ambulance: £30,000 
Repatriation to the UK with upgraded seats (required for leg injuries): £2,000 - £5,000 
 
The Ski Club of Great Britain offers insurance policies designed by experts especially for snowsports enthusiasts. Policies are available at standard, super and executive level, for single trips, annual multi-trip or seasonal. 
 
Ski Club of Great Britain policies cover as standard on and off-piste skiing and snowboarding (with or without a guide), snow parks, cross country skiing, ski touring, heli skiing, recreational racing, cat skiing, snow shoeing, dog sledding, bob sleighing, ice skating, curling and tobogganing. 
 
To get a quote visit www.skiclubinsurance.co.uk or call 0300 303 2610. There is a 15% discount for Ski Club members. 

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For more information please contact Ski Club of Great Britain PR Manager Daniel Loots -  daniel.loots@skiclub.co.uk

Notes to Editors:

The Ski Club of Great Britain
The Ski Club of Great Britain (skiclub.co.uk) is a not-for-profit snowsports club which helps members get the most out of their snowsports experience. With 29,000 members, there are hundreds of discounts on travel, kit and holidays; winter sports specific travel insurance; access to industry-leading snow reports; info & advice on all things wintersports-related and exclusive access to Ski with the Club experiences, including Freshtracks holidays, the Ski Club Leaders service and the new instructor-led guiding service in France.