Ski and Snowboard Checklist: Ski Insurance Over 65

By , December 6, 2011 8:58 am
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The first thing you should do once you have booked your ski or snowboarding holiday is to buy appropriate ski insurance for your trip. Ski insurance is vital to provide cover for emergency medical expenses if you have an accident on the slopes, which could easily add up to thousands of pounds.

Skiing Risoul, France (2005)

Ski insurance over 65

When you are over 65 you may have more difficulty getting ski insurance at a good price than you used to, but you still need to make sure you are covered. Over sixty five travel insurance has partnered with to provide ski insurance over 65.

Once you have booked your ski holiday and bought your ski insurance over 65, you can start preparing for the slopes, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has produced a ski checklist to help you be better prepared for the slopes.

Before you go:

• Be physically prepared for skiing. This will help you get the most out of your ski trip and reduce your risk of injury. Good to practice sports include cycling and running. Also – don’t push yourself too far – there’s no shame in calling it a day early if you’re tired and enjoying the rest of the afternoon in the spa. Most ski injuries occur on the last run of the day when you’re tired.

• Get the right ski insurance. When buying ski insurance make sure it covers all activities you might participate in e.g. sleigh rides, bob sleigh, Heli Skiing, snowboarding etc and check the small print for any hidden clauses e.g. “only covered off piste with a guide”

• Stay sun safe. Perhaps not the obvious things to pack for a ski holiday but the sun is much stronger at altitude, and you get a double hit when it reflects off the snow so sunglasses and high factor sun cream are essential items to avoid risk of burn and protect your eyes.

When you’re there:

• Know your limits (being over 65, you should know your limits by now!). A night of après ski or a boozy lunch can affect you more quickly at high altitudes. Be aware of your limits to stay safe on and off the ski slopes. If walking home at night make sure you keep to the designated resort paths and wrap up warm.

• Keep hydrated. Exercise in high altitude can lead your body to tire and dehydrate faster than usual so you’ll need to drink between four to six litres of water a day.

• Stretch and warm up. Cold weather can cause tension in your muscles making them more prone to injury, and when you are over 65 you may need to pay more attention to this than you did when you were younger. Make sure you stretch well by doing a few warm up exercises before you hit the ski slopes.

• Choose the right piste for your level of skiing. It might be tempting to impress your friends with that black run but overstretching yourself may lead you down a slippery slope. Also be aware that the grading levels of ski slopes can be different; what may be a blue run in France may be a red run in Austria.

• Be sensible off piste. If you’re seeking fresh powder and unless you are trained, it is sensible to go with a group led by a professional guide. Pack the right equipment such as a probe pole and shovel.

• Be avalanche aware. Make sure you read or listen to the daily avalanche forecast to minimise your risk of being caught in one. The steeper the slope you ski on, the greater the avalanche risk.

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