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Skiers without travel insurance face debt mountain

07 March 2009 16:20

Skiers without travel insurance face debt mountain

As the value of the pound continues to struggle against the euro, skiers at resorts across Europe could find themselves under even more pressure from medical bills if they are hurt without winter sports travel insurance.

That is according to data from Post Office Travel Insurance, which suggests that a quarter (23 per cent) of credit-crunched holidaymakers plan to hit the slopes without ski or snowboarding travel insurance.

Rachel Croft, head of travel insurance at the Post Office, said that medical bills are never cheap without insurance, regardless of currency fluctuations.

However, she added: "Medical costs in popular eurozone ski destinations such as France, Italy and Austria could be around 18 per cent higher than this time last year."

According to Fortis Insurance, which underwrites the post office, an air ambulance to the UK will usually cost £8,000 from France, £12,000 from Italy, £10,000 from Austria and a whopping £50,000 from the US.

Last month, American Express put forward data indicating that 24 per cent of people will sacrifice travel insurance cover when holidaying abroad in 2009.ADNFCR-1320-ID-19056786-ADNFCR