Preparation is key to safe skiing

02 November 2012 09:01

Snowboarders and skiers are at risk of incurring substantial medical bills if they fail to prepare in advance

Snowboarders and skiers are at risk of incurring substantial medical bills if they fail to prepare in advance

People looking forward to a winter break on the slopes may come home with more than they bargained for, according to a new report. Skiers and snowboarders who do not prepare adequately are risking serious injury and associated medical bills, research conducted by the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA) concludes.

The study suggests that 60% of skiers who are injured sustain a serious problem such as a broken leg. Most injuries are caused by falls on the slopes or colliding with another skier or snowboarder. More people than ever are failing to take out sports travel insurance and as such may well be liable for the medical bills they incur.

Head of communications at ABTA, Victoria Bacon, said: "Like any activity that involves rigorous exercise, you need to prepare yourself properly." She added that physical preparation could help skiers and snowboarders to remain free from strains and injuries. Around a third of novice skiers are thought not to prepare sufficiently before they take to the slopes.

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