If you are planning to lighten up the cold dark gloomy months by booking yourself a ski holiday this winter, remember that travel insurance is one part of the package you can't afford to be without.
Go Travel Insurance's Director Andy Taylor says, "It is understandable that skiers and snowboarders are looking to cut costs on their winter sports holiday, but cutting out their travel insurance could turn out to be a false economy."
Skiing, snowboarding and all the other activities enjoyed on a winter sports holiday are all great fun, but without travel insurance you could be risking financial loss if an injury turns into costly hospital bills. A broken leg in Europe can cost £4,000 to treat, or up to £10,000 in the USA. Injuries on the slopes can often require helicopter assistance, and repatriation costs if necessary can be astronomical.
Andy Taylor also urges skiers to check their level of activity cover if they wish to enjoy some of the other activities often available such as sledging, snowmobiling or tobogganing: "Unfortunately bad things can easily happen on this type of holiday so you should ensure you have insurance for all the activities you might enjoy on holiday. Just having the peace of mind alone is worth paying the insurance premium."
Travel insurance: News update: 26/01/2009