Resorts clamp down on reckless skiers
26 January 2009 11:27
Ski resorts and travel insurance companies have begun clamping down on intoxicated and unruly skiers, the Telegraph is reporting.
Many resorts now deploy so-called 'piste police' as part of a new zero-tolerance approach to yob behaviour - though officials insist the emphasis is on educating rather than prosecuting guilty parties.
The majority of incidents of bad behaviour involve speeding skiers and snowboarders in Swiss resorts such as Andermatt, Zermatt, St Moritz and Davos. Officials say a gentle reminder of the potential injuries that can be caused by such actions usually sufficing as a deterrent.
In more severe cases, however, predominantly British holidaymakers are being accused of importing a reckless binge-drinking culture to continental slopes - prompting ski insurance companies to issue a reminder that intoxicants such as alcohol and drugs will negate any claims.
"The key thing is to make sure you're off the slopes before you hit the apres ski bars" Alan Burns, head of Tesco Travel Insurance, told the Telegraph. "An accident while drunk in charge of a pair of skis or a snowboard."
Average helicopter mountain rescue services for injured skiers cost £1,500 per person and continental repatriation costs run as high as £4,000.