Boris Johnson, writing in the Daily Telegraph, believes that ski helmets are unnecessary and is sticking to his woolly hat. But a recent survey by leading travel insurance website, insurewithease.com, seems to suggest that Boris Johnson’s reticence to use a ski helmet is not supported by a good proportion of skiers.
49% said they always or sometimes wear a ski helmet, even though only 27% admitted to actually having an accident, either minor or serious, when on the slopes. This reflects a changing attitude towards safety for winter sports enthusiasts, perhaps prompted by recent high profile accidents.
Sarah Taylor of www.insurewithease.com says, “We urge UK holidaymakers to stay safe and responsible on the slopes. As accidents can happen no matter how careful you are, winter sports enthusiasts should ensure they have the right level of ski insurance for their trip. Even a minor injury can totally ruin a skiing or snowboarding trip, but a good quality ski insurance policy should give access to a 24 hour emergency medical assistance team who will be able to help organize treatment or, if necessary, repatriation back to the UK. Remember, the cheapest option is rarely the best option."
It is important to check your policy to make sure you have medical expenses cover for repatriation, as well as compensation for unused ski hire and lift passes in case you are injured and unable to ski partway through the trip. You should also check that you will be covered for all the activities you plan to take part in, for instance, are you covered for off piste skiing? The cost of getting injured on the slopes could run into thousands of pounds for those skiing without the right cover.
Travel insurance: News update: 26 February 2010