Travellers fail to check if they have appropriate cover for winter sports holidays

ABTA finds that a third of snow lovers never check
Research from ABTA, in partnership with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), shows that a third (33%) of snow lovers never check whether they have taken out appropriate insurance for the activities they are going to do, including skiing and snowboarding.

Winter sports loving over-55s are the main offenders

Those over-55 are most likely to travel without the appropriate cover, with almost half of that group (46%) admitting that they never check that they are covered for winter sports.


This is significantly above the general average of 33%.


58 deaths in the last four years

European resorts have seen 58 British deaths and 118 hospitalisations from skiing and snowboarding holidays in the last four years. Thousands more suffering injuries both on and off-piste.
Michael Vibert, head of consular communications, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, said:
“As the ski season gets under way, we want to ensure that everyone is adequately prepared for their winter sports holiday. The research from ABTA suggests that not enough British Nationals are checking they have taken out appropriate insurance before they travel.
“We want to emphasise the importance of taking responsibility and preparing for your trip so you can #SkiSafe this winter and enjoy your time on the slopes.”
FCO teamed up with ABTA to increase awareness of the importance of being prepared. As part of this warning, former British Winter Olympian Graham Bell provides helpful advice, from pre-departure to après ski.
Mark Tanzer, ABTA chief executive, said:
“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.”
ABTA has further advice for people heading on a winter sports holiday.