Published on : Friday, November 24, 2017
New research from ABTA shows that winter sports holidaymakers over the age of 55 are least likely to check whether they have taken out appropriate insurance for the activities they are undertaking, including skiing and snowboarding.
Well over a third of people (38%) over the age of 55 who take winter sports holidays admit they never check that they are covered for winter sports, significantly above the average of 29%. On the other hand, younger generations take most care with their winter sports holiday cover, with only one in seven (14%) 18 to 24 year olds saying that they never check if they have the right insurance.
With almost three in ten people who take winter sports holidays admitting that they never check if they have the correct cover, this leaves thousands of British skiers and snowboarders at risk of enjoying the slopes without proper insurance.
As 1.75 million (3.4%) Brits prepare to head off on snow sports holidays this winter, ABTA is encouraging Brits of all ages to stay safe on the slopes and to make sure they have appropriate winter sports insurance.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) reported 118 hospitalisations and 58 British deaths from skiing and snowboarding holidays between 2012 and 2016, with thousands more having suffered injuries both on- and off-piste.
Winter sports holidays have experienced a particular growth in popularity among 55 and 64 year olds. ABTA’s research shows that 238,000 people in this age range reported taking a ski or snowboarding trip last year – double the number that said they took this type of holiday the previous winter season.
Winter sports could be set to experience an even greater surge in interest this coming 2017/18 season due to the fast approaching Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The Games take place from the 9th to the 25th February 2018 and Team GB is expecting this to be the most successful Olympic Winter Games yet.
Nikki White, Director of Destinations and Sustainability, ABTA said:
“Good preparation is the key to a successful ski holiday.
“With so many Brits looking to hit the slopes this winter it’s important they get ski ready in order to be ski safe – including getting the right equipment, making sure they are physically fit and that they have the necessary insurance cover.
“Many holidaymakers wrongly assume they’re automatically covered for winter sports as part of their travel insurance – but it is often not the case, meaning thousands of people could be heading to the slopes without any cover. It is a costly business if you have an accident on the slopes and don’t have the right insurance to cover your medical bills. We advise people of all ages to check that they are covered for everything they plan to do and have the right preparations in place to help them enjoy their time on the slopes.”
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