Snowboarding and ski-ing is pretty risky stuff, especially if you like to attach a Go-Pro and make some radical videos for You Tube consumption. So it’s no surprise that some risk takers on the slopes don’t bother getting insurance. New data shows that 25% of skiers and boarders did not take out specific winter sports cover on their last trip despite 91% stating that ski insurance is important to them. The research – commissioned by travel insurance provider battleface – found that amongst those who did not take out specific winter sports cover, 29% did not take out another form of travel insurance.
The research also found that that the pandemic has had a significant impact on skiers and boarders’ confidence. 71% of regular skiers and boarders surveyed said that they were now feeling out of practice. A similar proportion are feeling more adventurous than before, with 70% stating that they would like to try a different snow sport, on their next trip.
The data also showed that the cost of being airlifted off a mountain is more expensive than people think. The data showed that the general public estimate this cost to be around £3,000, when the reality is closer to £10,000.
Katie Crowe, Director of Communications, battleface comments:
“Given that many Brits are feeling out of practice on the slopes but are still keen to try out new winter sports, we would hope that holidaymakers ensure they have the right kind of protection in place before setting off on their next winter sports holiday. Unfortunately, we do deal with a number of winter sports accidents that do require airlifting off the slopes and the cost of this is vastly underestimated by the general public.”
battleface travel insurance policies cover cancellation, medical and emergency expenses, hospital benefit, personal accident, baggage, personal money and passport and personal liability. Cover includes emergency medical expenses caused by or resulting from COVID-19 for travellers up to a maximum age of 59.
Battleface winter sports’ cover includes:
- Winter Sports equipment up to £750 (£500 per single article, set or pair)*
- Hired equipment is also covered (£300 per single article, set or pair)* *subject to the policy excess
The study of 1,003 UK adults was carried out between 9 and 17 September by Opinium Research on behalf of travel insurance provider battleface to find out opinions on winter sports holidays.