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Silver Skiers take over the slopes. World First handles any bumps

28 May 2010 08:14

Silver skiers will be swooshing their way down the slopes this season (*Mintel), which is why travel insurance specialist World First has extended its ski and snowboard policies to cover skiers up to 79 years old (most policies stop at 65).

Policies for a 74 year old are fully comprehensive and start at £70 for a single trip and £98 for an annual multi-trip travel insurance policy covering all travel in the year. This means thousands of older ski fanatics can still attempt black runs safe in the knowledge that should anything happen they will be properly looked after.

World First’s ski travel insurance cover for the over 70s offers the usual protection but can also easily be extended to include over 1,000 pre-existing medical conditions, which are often excluded by the majority of winter sports insurance policies or result in premiums far more expensive than the holiday itself.

“It appears that, in today’s world, someone has forgotten to tell the over 70s they are supposed to be resting in front of a fire, reading stories to the grandchildren. More and more, they are resting in front of a fire after a full day of winter sports activities,” says Martin Rothwell, Managing Partner of World First Travel Insurance. “However, older skiers may well have pre-existing medical conditions, or be more prone to bumps and bangs. Although the European Health Insurance Card is an excellent scheme, it does not cover private medical expenses, mountain rescue or repatriation, all of which travel insurance will cover.

“All too often the cost of ski and medical travel insurance for people over 70 or with pre-existing conditions can be the make or break between affording a ski holiday or not. We have extended our standard cover to ensure skiers up to 79 years old can still enjoy their favourite holiday at a really affordable price.”

World First’s winter sports travel insurance offers fully comprehensive cover on all winter sports activities, from skiing and snowboarding off piste to tobogganing and cross country skiing, easing piece of mind for travellers wanting the best cover at no extra cost. Benefits include £5 million medical expenses, loss or damage of skis and snowboards as well as the cost of a person’s ski pass they are unable to take to the slopes during the holiday, either from ill health or an accident.