Direct Travel Insurance releases details of ski accidents


Wintry conditions are a nightmare for many people in the UK, but they are perfect for one thing: skiing. Many ski fans will be heading off to parts of Europe to make use of the ideal conditions, especially as some resorts are even tempting them with lower prices and special deals.

But now Direct Travel Insurance has released details of the number of ski accidents in France over the last year to warn people about the risk of failing to take out adequate insurance. The figures come from the Association of Mountain Doctors in France, and show that there were a total of 140,000 injuries on the slopes last year.

These include 16,439 slope collisions, with the most common type of injury being a sprained knee. Knee injuries are generally caused by badly adjusted boots and poor preparation. The figures also show that beginner skiers are twice as likely to get injured.

Skiers should take special care if they plan to go skiing off-piste. If they do, they are advised to tell someone of where they are going and to take special care by wearing helmets and preparing physically.

Before going skiing, travellers should also check exactly what their travel insurance covers them for. Sometimes it won’t cover off-piste skiing or it could ask customers to pay extra for it. Air ambulance cover, piste closure cover, ski pack cover and personal liability are also all important parts of a ski insurance policy, according to Direct Travel Insurance.

For full details of tips from mountain doctors, as well as a list of what you should be covered for, head to the Direct Travel Insurance website here.


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