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Skiers should not fear the slopes

20 March 2009 07:40

Skiers should not fear the slopes

The death of actress Natasha Richardson should not put people off skiing, but they should take out a winter sports travel insurance policy to protect themselves, according to the Telegraph.

Ms Richardson was admitted to intensive care after sustaining a head injury on the slopes of Mont Tremblant in Canada, on Monday afternoon, but died on Wednesday March 18th.

However, Scotland-based GP Dr Mike Langran estimates that typically just three in every 1,000 skiers will require medical attention, the newspaper reported.

Overall, he suggested that the risk of injury for all snow sports is between 0.2 per cent and 0.4 per cent, significantly less than in a game of football.

Reflecting on the tragic case of Ms Richardson, Christopher Moore, of Steeles Law, told the Telegraph that while skiing is fun, it can lead to serious injuries.

"From a financial point of view it just shows taking out insurance is essential because often the accident occurs abroad and the medical costs have been known to run into millions of pounds," he warned.

Earlier this week, the Post Office revealed that a growing number of holidaymakers are taking part in dangerous winter sports events such as snowmobiling and speed skating without any travel insurance cover.ADNFCR-1320-ID-19082304-ADNFCR