Of those intending to go on a winter ski/snowboarding break, 90 per cent say that the uncertainty of the Covid-19 situation across Europe has caused changes to their winter plans with almost a third (29 per cent) opting to swap the slopes for the beach and go on a winter sun holiday instead.
The new data commissioned by travel insurer battleface looked at the changing attitudes of those that were planning to go on a skiing or snowboarding holiday this season, as well as parents of 12–19-year-olds as entry requirements for the unvaccinated and partially vaccinated continue to cause confusion.
Katie Crowe, Director of Communications, battleface commented: “Travel restrictions and entry requirements are in constant flux, and even with the Christmas holidays seemingly around the corner, it’s too soon to think about cancelling or moving your holiday plans just yet.”
A fifth thinking about cancelling skiing trips
A fifth (20 per cent) are no longer planning to travel overseas this winter, while a similar number (19 per cent) have already booked a ski trip for this season but are thinking about changing or cancelling it. On a positive note, however, almost 20 per cent of those who were planning a ski or snowboarding trip this winter say they still intend to go, rules permitting, or plan to book last minute instead.
When it comes to travelling with teenagers, the research suggests there is ongoing confusion surrounding the rules for unvaccinated and partially vaccinated 12-19 year olds, when travelling with fully vaccinated parents. Three fifths (61 per cent) of parents with teenage children feel that the uncertainty around Covid lockdowns has put them off going abroad in the short term, while a similar number (57 per cent) say the confusion around the entry requirements for teens makes it difficult to commit to a family holiday in the next six months.
Almost half (47 per cent) of UK adults with teenage children are unaware of specific requirements for their children, if they’re travelling with fully vaccinated parents/guardians.
Meanwhile, new data shows that 25 per cent of British skiers and boarders did not take out specific winter sports cover on their last trip despite 91 per cent stating that ski insurance is important to them.