Prepare for possible injuries on ski holidays

Although it may not be the most cheerful thing to consider when thinking about an idyllic ski holiday, one company has warned people about to take a winter sports break that they could end up vastly out of pocket if they get injured and haven’t got insurance.

Sainsbury’s said that the cost of claims arising from such injuries has risen by 11 per cent since 2007, having gone up by 25 per cent the previous year.

This could be because ski holidays are becoming more popular as they lose their upper class image.

However, the cost of being treated could be as much as £2,991 in the US and Canada, with injuries in Germany costing £1,211 to treat.

Sam Marrs, Sainsbury’s Travel Insurance manager, said: “You need travel insurance to pay for any private medical treatment or to be airlifted from the slopes or repatriated back home.”

An air ambulance for someone unable to even hobble off the piste could cost as much as £60,000.

The knee is the part of the body most likely to be injured in a ski accident, the firm said.

Meanwhile, according to a survey commissioned by the Trois Vallees ski area and reported in the Times, two-thirds of skiers go on their holidays aiming to look for the most exciting black runs they can find.

Suddenly that insurance seems a whole lot more important…

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