Many winter sports enthusiasts not covered for injuries on slopes, data reveals

Winter sports holidaymakers are not aware of the huge costs of urgent medical care if they are injured on the slopes.

New data shows that regular skiers and boarders do not know how much it would cost to be airlifted from a mountain if they suffered an accident.

The research – commissioned by travel insurance provider battleface – found enthusiasts guessed it would cost an average of £3,000, but the reality is close to £10,000.

Just 12 per cent of those surveyed said they hadn’t considered the cost and as many as 25 per cent of respondents had never taken out specific winter sports cover.

Data also revealed the pandemic has had a significant impact on skiers and boarders’ confidence. Some 71 per cent of regular skiers and boarders surveyed said they thought their winters sports prowess had waned because of inactivity since the start of the Covid pandemic.

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A similar proportion are feeling more adventurous than before, with 70 per cent stating that they would like to try a different snow sport, on their next trip. This highlights the need for suitable winter sports cover for people who had spent some time away from the slopes.

Katie Crowe, director of communications, battleface, said: “With many skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts hoping to be more adventurous than before on their next trip, it is worrying that many people have not taken out specific winter sports cover.

“Accidents unfortunately do happen on the slopes, and the underestimation of the cost of airlifting shows just how important it is to be adequately protected on your holidays.”

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