The research, commissioned by travel insurer battleface, found that among those who did not take out specific winter sports cover, 29 per cent did not take out another form of travel insurance.
The research also found that that the pandemic has had a significant impact on skiers and boarders’ confidence. Seventy-one per cent of regular skiers and boarders surveyed said that they were now feeling out of practice. A similar proportion are feeling more adventurous than before, with 70 per cent stating that they would like to try a different snow sport, on their next trip.
Mountain rescue more expensive than expected
The data also showed that the cost of being airlifted off a mountain is more expensive than people think. The data showed that the general public estimate this cost to be around £3,000, when the reality is closer to £10,000.
Katie Crowe, Director of Communications at battleface, commented: “Given that many Brits are feeling out of practice on the slopes but are still keen to try out new winter sports, we would hope that holidaymakers ensure they have the right kind of protection in place before setting off on their next winter sports holiday. Unfortunately, we do deal with a number of winter sports accidents that do require airlifting off the slopes and the cost of this is vastly underestimated by the general public.”