The potential costs of skiing while drunk


Price comparison website has found that the increasing numbers of skiers who tackle the slopes after drinking are wrongly assuming that their insurance covers alcohol-related accidents.

A surprising 24% of the 2,000 people surveyed admitted to drinking over 4 units of alcohol before skiing. One in four people has been affected by such behaviour. They have, for example, fallen over after enjoying a session of après ski, stumbled on the slopes or collided with a drunken skier.

Astonishingly, 41% of over 30’s assume that their insurance still covers them for such accidents.

The groups most likely to drink and ski are men and those aged 31-35. 35% of men and over one in four 31-35 year olds choose to drink large quantities regularly.

Head of Travel Insurance at, Steve Williams, is troubled by these findings. He explains that any travel insurance contract will have an exclusion pertaining to claims related to alcohol consumption. It is within the insurance company’s right to decline such claims, as they are often the result of carelessness.

He stresses: “Skiers must be made aware of the risk they take if drinking when on holiday.”

Accidents are not the only concern. According to one in ten people, aggressive behaviour is on the rise. Furthermore, as a greater number of people are choosing to go on skiing holidays, one in ten of those polled complain that the mountains are becoming increasingly crowded, and therefore less safe.

All of this is certainly worth bearing in mind as many of us jet off to the slopes this December.


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