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Average cost of winter sports claims almost £500

29/11/2010 highlights the importance of travel cover for anyone hitting the slopes this winter

The latest analysis of figures reveals that the average cost of a winter sports claim in 2009/10 was £478, but a Ski Travel Insurance policy could be as little as £32.16 for a whole family.* As skiers prepare for their winter breaks on the slopes, advice from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office reminds winter sports holidaymakers to protect themselves by checking equipment thoroughly, not skiing off-piste, wearing goggles and sunscreen and getting fully insured for all activities planned. claims data shows that Eastern Europe has slipped in just behind Austria and Switzerland as the fifth most popular winter sports destination. France is still the hot favourite for skiing Brits with 47% of winter sports claims being made here. Despite tough economic conditions, those looking for a skiing or snowboarding holiday are still willing to travel long haul, with North America coming in second place with 15%.

When it comes to winter sports claims, 55% are for medical reasons with fractures and broken bones being the biggest cause of a claim at 15%. While the average cost of a claim is £478, a serious leg fracture in US resorts such as Colorado or Lake Tahoe, could cost as much as $43,000(USD), or in Eastern Europe charges could reach £10,000.

“Whether it's snowboarding, skiing or tobogganing that takes your fancy, we urge travellers to make sure they take the right precautions and get good winter sports travel insurance as well as a ski pass,” says Ian Gilmour, Chief Operating Officer at “Interestingly, almost 40% of claims in 2009 were made by people in their 20s and only 5% by people over 50. Those travelling without adequate insurance risk huge medical bills, adding quite a bit onto the cost of their holiday.

“ offers a range of flexible policies, all in a matter of clicks. Even a short trip can end up costing thousands if someone falls ill or has an accident, so travelling with the right level of cover is crucial for that added peace of mind. If the worst does happen, holidaymakers will want to know that their costs are covered and that they will be taken care of when they need it most.” Winter Sports Travel Insurance provides a full range of ski travel insurance policies catering for families, couples and single holidaymakers. The policy gives travellers the essential elements of travel insurance cover for their trip, with the flexibility to adjust the policy to fit personal requirements.

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