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Extreme winter sports travel insurance warning for Britons

26 January 2009 12:04

Extreme winter sports travel insurance warning for Britons

Extreme winter sports enthusiasts are being urged to check their travel insurance policies before heading overseas, as many will not cover skiers for off-piste activities, experts have warned.

High-adrenaline sports such as heli-skiing or glacier skiing are becoming more popular with those looking for a bit more excitement from their winter sports holidays, although Peter Gerrard, researchers at price comparison site, has warned that some insurers will not cover you for certain sports.

"Some insurers cover you off-piste, some will cover you a certain number of metres from a run, others won't cover you at all," he said.

He also warned that skiers whose holiday is cut short because of the weather can also claim on their travel insurance for piste closure, but that they should always check beforehand to see what they are entitled too.

He added that, while many policies will pay out around £20 to £30 for each day of closure to cover travelling costs, "many insurers only pay out between January 1st and April 1st, which is no use if you are planning to ski over Christmas".