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British skiers hitting the French slopes

16 March 2009 07:43

British skiers hitting the French slopes

Brits heading to the French Alps and the Pyrenees for a skiing holiday should ensure that they have adequate winter sports travel insurance.

According to Maison de la France, travellers from Britain account for the majority of skiers that frequent the country's mountainous resorts during the cold months.

Jean-Pierre Courteau, director of the tourism agency, explained that nearly half a million British skiers take to the slopes in France every year.

He said: "Skiing season was very good this year. We have 400,000 British skiers in France and they are still the main group in the French Alps and the Pyrenees.

Mr Courteau added that the skiing regions had enjoyed a large downfall of snow over the last several months, making for excellent conditions.

Figures published by the Office for National Statistics in February revealed that visits by UK residents to Europe fell by one per cent in 2008 to 54.5 million.ADNFCR-1320-ID-19063999-ADNFCR