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Snowboarding is the ultimate sleek, cool winter sport, and once mastered, there’s nothing like hitting the slopes for a few hours of adrenaline-packed fun. However, snowboarding is still as risky as skiing, so it’s best to have the right travel insurance to ensure you’re not left out of pocket should you take a nasty tumble.
If you’re planning a snowboarding holiday, it’s important to note that most standard travel insurance policies don’t cover the sport, so special cover is advisable. Many people believe snowboarding is less dangerous than skiing, as the most common snowboarding injuries are wrist fractures, broken ankles and dislocated shoulders. These injuries may not be life threatening, but you’d still need mountain rescue, medical treatment and even a flight home if it’s medically necessary. Medical costs for even minor injuries can be notoriously expensive. An air ambulance alone could set you back £10,000 and treatment for a knee ligament could cost as much as £3,800. The right travel insurance policy could protect you against jaw-dropping costs if the worst should happen and you’re injured while snowboarding.
A good snowboard travel insurance policy goes beyond the medical cover, cancellations and lost or stolen luggage coverage that you usually get with a standard policy – it should also cover you if:
Even with a specialist snowboarding policy in place, make sure you read the terms and conditions carefully to understand any exclusions. Most policies won’t cover:
Also, be aware that some insurance providers will insist that you wear a helmet for your policy to be valid.
Although UK residents are entitled to a free European Health Insurance Card up until the Brexit deadline on 29 March 2019, the EHIC card alone won’t be enough to cover you for snowboarding accidents. The EHIC will only cover emergency medical care in a public hospital. It won’t cover:
The right snowboard travel insurance could cover these costs in the event of a mountain top accident. Travel insurance can also give you comprehensive cover for snowboarding in countries that aren’t in the EU such as the USA and Canada.
If you’re planning more than one snowboarding holiday over the year, an annual policy may be better value than single trip travel insurance. You may also be able to save money if you’re travelling as a family, couple, or group.
We offer a quick and easy way to compare travel insurance providers, helping you save time and money so you can concentrate on the fun parts of your snowboarding trip. You can easily click on each policy to check what you’re covered for before committing to one. Compare a range of snowboard travel insurance policies and find the right level of cover for your holiday needs.