New insurance programme for US skiers

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Company brief

Starr Insurance Companies, a global insurance and financial services organisation that provides risk management solutions, is partnering with Safe Descents Inc., which brings ski evacuation and transportation insurance to American skiers, on an insurance programme for rescue and evacuation for skiers and snowboarders in the US.

The policy, which is underwritten by Starr Indemnity & Liability Co. and sold through Safe Descents, provides coverage for transportation costs associated with accidental injuries sustained while skiing, snowboarding, riding a lift or participating in a ski or snowboard school within a resort. It is available to residents in 45 states and the District of Columbia. Benefits included in the insurance are: Field Rescue, Emergency Medical Evacuation, Medical Repatriation and Companion Travel and coverage is available to travellers who purchase a daily or season pass.

“Starr and Safe Descents share a mission to enhance the skiing experience by mitigating the significant cost of accidents on the mountain,” said Lenny Bellafiore, Head of Domestic Accident and Health, Starr Insurance Companies. “Skiers and boarders don’t usually think they’ll get hurt on the slopes. But accidents happen, and the costs can be significant. Some costs, such as evacuation may not be covered by traditional health insurance. We’re excited to offer skiers this new, low-cost insurance coverage designed just for them.”

Mason Weems, President, Safe Descents, Inc. said: “We are excited to partner with Starr and bring this valuable coverage to ski and snowboard enthusiasts. This programme provides insurance protection to families against costly, unforeseen expenses, like emergency medical transportation and evacuation.”