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Thrill-seekers 'ignore winter sports travel insurance'

17 March 2009 18:43

Thrill-seekers 'ignore winter sports travel insurance'

With zany winter sports such as glacier walking, heli-skiing, tobogganing and off-piste curling becoming increasingly de rigueur among holidaymakers, there is a pertinent need for travel insurance cover.

According to the Post Office, as many as one in four adrenaline junkie holidaymakers will be enjoying thrills and spills on the mountainside without any winter sports travel insurance.

This statistic is made all the more alarming by the fact that 72 per cent of ski insurance claims are made up of astronomical medical costs, which can easily run in to the tens of thousands of pounds.

As more novices indulge in potentially dangerous winter sports, the Post Office also noted that medical expenses in popular eurozone destinations such as France, Italy and Austria have risen by 18 per cent compared to last year.

In the top US skiing resorts of Aspen and Vail, the cost of emergency treatment has jumped up by 29 per cent, with air ambulance fees alone coming in at £50,000.

Last month, the Post Office suggested that the European destinations of Hungary and the Czech Republic represent the best value for money for holidaymakers heading to the continent.ADNFCR-1320-ID-19075294-ADNFCR