Winter sports not covered as standard

Travel insurance

UK newspaper The Telegraph has reported that fewer than one in 10 single-trip travel insurance policies cover winter sports as standard. This is according to analysis of almost 1,100 deals by ratings service Defaqto and means that travellers should not assume they will be covered.

Defaqto found that only seven per cent of single-trip policies and 17 per cent of annual policies automatically provide coverage, while 11 per cent of the former do not offer any cover for winter sports at all. The research also discovered that one-third of policies would not cover travellers for a lost ski pass, while only 29 per cent would pay more than £30 for each day lost to piste closures.

“Winter sports holidays can be much riskier than a standard beach holiday as you are more likely to get a serious injury or damage expensive ski equipment,” said Brian Brown from Defaqto. “If you are planning a winter sports break, it’s vital you check your insurance covers you for this just in case the worst happens.”