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Ski insurance crucial for winter sports breaks

23 January 2009 17:45

Ski insurance crucial for winter sports breaks

Holidaymakers planning to hit the slopes this Christmas have been urged to ensure that they take out a winter sports travel insurance policy before setting off.

According to Sainsbury's Travel Insurance, there has been a surge in the number of ski insurance claims over the last several years.

The bank found that medical expenses paid on winter sports related claims rose by 25 per cent between 2006 and 2007, jumping by a further 11 per cent the following year.

Highlighting the importance of having a comprehensive policy as well as a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), Sainsbury's also revealed that the average value of claims from America and Canada was £2,991.

Sam Marrs, manager of the insurance provider, said: "Your EHIC will only provide you with access to the same state-provided healthcare as a resident of the country you are visiting so it should not be solely relied upon."

He added that full winter sports cover is required to pay for any private medical treatment, airlifting or repatriation that might occur following an accident on the slopes.

This week, snowstorms have left resorts in large parts of North America enjoying excellent conditions for skiing and snowboarding.