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Britons 'not skiing' on ski holidays

26 January 2009 12:15

Britons 'not skiing' on ski holidays

Although millions of Britons head overseas for skiing trips each year, a surprising one in six of those who have visited a ski resort have never set foot on the slopes, according to a new survey.

The study by found that 16 per cent simply go away on skiing trips to enjoy the après ski and scenery. However, for the others who do spend their time hurtling down the slopes, some 18 per cent said they did not insure themselves for injury to themselves or other people.

Experts agree that travel insurance and ski travel insurance in particular are vital for winter sports trips, although a further 23 per cent of those in the survey added that they were not even sure if they had taken out travel insurance at all.

Peter Gerrard, head of insurance research at the website, said: "The après ski spirit is an important part of most ski trips, but it's surprising how many holidaymakers now go for the good times alone and never set foot on the slopes."

He added that the millions of people who do ski and snowboard "cannot afford to skimp on their travel insurance" and that some people may not realise they need extra cover for winter sports, despite it being a "huge financial risk".