Holiday makers are being urged to take out
adequate winter sports cover as recent reports reveal that one in five skiers
and snowboarders is considering travelling without insurance.
With the cost of treating a broken leg being an
average of £1100 in Europe and £9,000 in North America, the financial recovery
can be just as painful as the physical injury; and these costs do not include
being airlifted off the mountain, ambulance transfers or cost of medication.
Even the most common injuries, such as sprains,
torn ligaments and fractures, can entail steep medical bills. The cost of
treatment in Europe is likely to be less daunting than in the US, but it could
still prove substantial.
Kieran Murphy of Barclays Insurance says:
"Even experienced winter sports enthusiasts can have an accident so it is
essential to check you have adequate travel insurance in place so you do not
get hurt financially too."