Ski helmets becoming more popular
23 March 2009 11:03
Even with ski insurance, winter sports enthusiasts need to take steps to protect themselves, according to the Ski Club of Great Britain.
While it does not foresee ski helmets becoming mandatory in Europe, the organisation did recommend that children under 13 wear the protective headwear.
Betony Garner, spokesperson for the club, also revealed that helmet use has been rising in recent years, with 30 per cent of people and 70 per cent of children wearing one when taking to the slopes.
"People really need to think about their own ability within skiing," she said.
"They should control their speed and very most importantly, they should respect other people on the mountain so making sure they look around before setting off."
According to Fortis Insurance, it can cost £8,000 for an air ambulance from France to the UK and £50,000 for one from the US.
As well as providing medical cover, winter sports travel insurance also protects people from the financial costs of causing injuries to third parties.