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Ski travel insurance

Speed, exhilaration, clean mountain air - who doesn’t enjoy an adrenaline-packed skiing holiday?

But with the possibility of collisions and falls, skiing also comes with a high risk of injury. That’s why it’s essential to have the right travel insurance to help ensure you’re covered on and off the slopes.

But going on a ski holiday without the right cover can leave you open to huge costs if something goes wrong. We take a look at what you need.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

Starting on 5 November, the Government has introduced a national lockdown for England that will last until at least 2 December. As part of this, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advise against all non-essential domestic and international travel.

If you choose to travel overseas to a destination while the FCDO has advised against non-essential travel, or domestically against the instructions of the UK Government, then your insurance policy will be invalid, and any claim will be rejected.

For those living in the UK but outside of England, the public health rules may differ, but you must abide by the restrictions imposed by your local authority.

We’ll continually review the situation, and update you with the latest FCDO or Government guidance on travel.

For more information, please see our coronavirus and travel insurance page.

Until then, stay safe.

Customers with more serious pre-existing medical conditions

When you declare medical conditions on our website, we will only show quotes from insurance providers who will cover for all declared medical conditions, with no exclusions.

The Money and Pension Service (MaPs) has also launched a directory of insurance providers, who may be able to provide quotes over the phone if you have more serious medical conditions. Find more information at the Money Advice Service or by calling the British Insurance Brokers Association on 0370 950 1790.

What does ski holiday insurance cover?

Along with all the basics you’d expect from a standard travel insurance policy (for example, cover for lost or stolen luggage, cancellation and medical costs), ski travel insurance is tailored to include a higher level of cover for skiers and their equipment.

A good ski travel insurance policy should cover:

  • piste closure for more than 24 hours because of a lack of snow, too much snow, high winds or avalanche risk
  • alternative equipment hire if your luggage is lost or delayed on the outward journey
  • personal liability if you injure someone else
  • delays caused by avalanche

What’s not covered by ski holiday insurance?

Not all types of skiing are rated equal. Even with ski travel insurance, your policy may not cover:

  • heli-skiing
  • snowmobiling
  • off-piste skiing
  • freestyle skiing
  • competitive skiing
  • ski touring

If you’re into more adventurous skiing, it may be worth considering extreme sports travel insurance to get the right level of cover for higher-risk sports.

It’s also important to know that:

  • some UK providers require you to wear a helmet or your policy will be invalid
  • nearly all ski policies will be invalid if you’re injured while under the influence of alcohol or drugs

What else should I consider when buying ski travel insurance?

There are a few other things to think about when arranging your ski travel insurance, including:

Where are you going?

Ski travel insurance to Europe will typically cost less than the USA and Canada, as medical treatment in those countries is more expensive.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office advises holidaymakers to apply for a free European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) as well as buying travel insurance when going to a European ski resort.

The EHIC card will cover you for treatment that would otherwise be free only for local residents; or lower cost treatment for a medical emergency in a local public hospital.

But it won’t cover the costs of a mountain rescue or repatriation to the UK if you need to be flown home.

UK residents can use the EHIC card until the end of the Brexit transition period, on 31 December 2020.

How many are going?

If it’s a family holiday, or you’re travelling as a couple or a group you might find it better value to buy travel insurance that covers all of you under one policy.

If you’re planning more than one skiing trip over 12 months, you might save money by buying an annual policy.

How’s your health?

Be sure to let your insurance provider know if you have a pre-existing medical condition, including any injuries. If not, they could refuse to pay your bills in the event of a claim.

When should I buy ski travel insurance?

The best time to buy travel insurance is straight after booking your holiday. A comprehensive travel policy will cover anything that might happen before your trip, as well as anything on it. That means you’re likely to be protected if your trip is cancelled.

Frequently asked questions

Do I need specialist ski insurance?

Most standard travel insurance policies won’t cover skiing, so you may need to find special cover to ensure you’re protected during your skiing holiday.

With ski injury medical bills as high as £90,000, skiers are being urged to ensure they have the right cover in place before hitting the slopes.

Can I get off-piste ski insurance cover?

Cover for off-piste skiing is included as standard in some winter sport travel insurance policies, but the levels of cover may vary. Check any winter sport policy carefully before buying and consider taking out specialist off-piste ski insurance, or extreme sports insurance, to ensure you're covered.

Will my age affect the cost of ski travel insurance?

Just like normal travel insurance, the older you are, the more you’re likely to have to pay. That’s because you’re deemed to be at a higher risk of falling ill or getting injured – or having a pre-existing medical condition.

Can I get cover for my skiing equipment?

You should be able to get cover for your skiing equipment. A good ski travel insurance policy may cover damage to - and theft or loss of - your own or hired skiing equipment, and alternative equipment hire, if your luggage is lost or delayed on the outbound journey. You could also add a higher level of baggage cover, if you’re travelling with particularly valuable pieces of kit.

Is multi-trip insurance cheaper?

It’s not always cheaper to get a multi-trip insurance policy if you’re going on more than one trip in a year. If you’re going on different holidays – for example, a beach break in Spain and a skiing holiday in the USA - you’ll need different levels of cover.

For the skiing holiday in the USA, you’d need worldwide insurance, including cover for winter sports. Instead of paying for this for the one time you’d need it, with multi-trip insurance you’ll be paying for the whole year, which can be unnecessarily expensive.

Find out if annual or single trip travel insurance is right for you.

How much does travel insurance cost?

Single trip travel insurance for a week in Europe could cost

£6**

Single trip travel insurance for a week in the UK could cost

£4***

Multi trip travel insurance worldwide could cost

£29****

**Based on a single trip travel policy for a 20 year old with no pre-existing medical conditions travelling in Europe for 1 week. Prices correct as at September 2020.

***Based on a single trip travel policy for a 20 year old with no pre-existing medical conditions travelling in the UK for 1 week. Prices correct as at September 2020.

****Based on an annual multi trip travel insurance policy for a 20 year old with no pre-existing medical conditions travelling Worldwide. Prices correct as at September 2020.

What do I need to get a quote?

You don’t need any documents to get a travel insurance quote, we’ll just ask some basic questions. For example:

  • where are you going?
  • when are you going?
  • do you want any add-ons – perhaps for winter sports?
  • how many people you want to insure
  • how much excess you’re willing to pay
  • how much baggage cover you need
  • what your medical cover limit would be
  • how much you’re willing to pay for cancellation cover
  • if you have any pre-existing medical conditions

Patrick Ikhena

Travel insurance expert

Skiing is notorious for injuries, so even if you’re a black diamond-level skier, it’s important to have the right type of travel insurance to cover you, should the worst happen. Remember, not being completely truthful about your health, or any existing injuries, could invalidate your policy or result in a hefty additional charge.

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