For many foreign travelers, accidents on the slopes trigger travel insurance claims. Most Britons are failing to take out winter sports holiday insurance prior to their ski and snowboard trips, a report has suggested. AA Travel Insurance said that recession-hit holidaymakers are trying to “squeeze the most out of their income” and are therefore less likely to purchase the cover.
Research from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office cited by the firm suggests that 31% of travelers are failing to take out specialist insurance geared to the sports in which they will participate during the trip. The Good Ski Guide also warned recently that claim-triggering accidents on the slopes, such as collisions between skiers and snowboarders, are on the increase.
The Foreign & Commonwealth Office estimates that one in five Britons participate in winter sports every year. Christian Young, director of AA Travel Insurance, said: “Many people don’t realize that collisions on the slopes are dealt with in much the same way as a car accident. If a collision is clearly your fault, you could well be held personally liable so insurance is absolutely fundamental … it’s there to protect others just as much as protecting you.”