Travel insurance "may not cover off-piste ski"
26 January 2009 11:09
Skiers have been warned to check their travel insurance policies to ensure that they are covered when they ski off-piste, myfinances.co.uk has reported.
Helen Warburton, head of travel services at the Post Office, told the website that skiing with an instructor or a qualified guide when going off-piste is a prerequisite of many policies.
"Many holidaymakers don't realise this is a requirement, so we are urging people to check the small print before venturing into unmarked terrain," she said.
She warned that skiers involved in an accident off-piste may face steep medical bills if they have inadequate travel insurance cover.
Winters sports enthusiasts are also being urged not to travel into unknown terrain simply because of closures and to select a policy that compensates for pistes that are not open.
Mike Powell, at Defaqto, said that with unpredictable environmental conditions, piste closures were becoming more common.
"In this time of disturbed weather patterns, it's worth checking you have realistic cover for piste closure and travel to an alternative location," he told the website.