The snow conditions are great just about everywhere at the moment.  If you are still thinking about a trip to the slopes (or had so much fun on your first trip that you’re thinking of squeezing in another) why not go for it, you might just find a deal.

There is no guarantee of the weather or mountain conditions, but those who have experienced it know that if you are lucky spring skiing is a fantastic treat.  It’s hard to beat the feeling of schussing down groomed slopes or making tracks in fresh powder with blue sky and sun overhead.  Top it off with lunch al fresco at a mountain eatery and then, when the lifts close, kick the boots off and enjoy a relaxing après ski on the terrace.  Aah… bliss.

Ski Insurance provides cover for many of the things that can go wrong on your trip, but don’t forget your own protection with sunscreen, quality sunglasses and lip protection.  The sun is fierce at altitude and combined with reflected glare from the snow can result in serious burns.

EU citizens heading to resorts within the EU should carry the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) but this is not a substitute for ski insurance – you need both.  For example, the EHIC does not cover the cost of emergency medical repatriation or lost or damaged ski equipment and possessions.  We hope you never need it, but it is important to check that the policy includes mountain rescue as well as adequate medical cover.  Transportation by air ambulance is extremely expensive.

Take the time to read your ski insurance policy thoroughly – especially the winter sports section that covers skiing and snowboarding.  Double-check to make sure it includes cover for your planned activities.  Riskier pursuits such as heli-skiing and off-piste skiing are often restricted or not included .

Travel Insurance covers many of the typical travel mishaps, such as cancellation & curtailment, medical & dental, scheduled airline failure, hospital benefit, lost luggage & personal effects, delayed baggage, hijack, personal liability, and legal expenses. *Phew*.  Adding ‘Winter sports’ to your travel insurance provides cover for unknowns such as piste closure and delays due to avalanche, and of course your ski or snowboard equipment.  Always check the policy for full details of the terms and conditions.

Have fun and ski safely!

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