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Ski Insurance Over 65: FCO say don’t hit the slopes without it

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By , December 6, 2011 8:51 am

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has issued fresh advice to ski and snowboard enthusiasts, to emphasise the importance of ski insurance when going on a winter sports holiday.
Ski insurance is vital when you go skiing, no matter what you’re age. Being over 65 you may be more careful than you used to be, or you may not! Either way ski insurance over 65 is a must before you hit the slopes.

Ski at Les Contamines

Ski at Les Contamines

With fresh snow falling in the last couple of days, fears that Europe will be short of snow this season will hopefully be unfounded. This means that we Brits are ready and raring to hit the slopes.

The advice issued by the FCO yesterday quotes new research which shows that one in five travellers are still not taking out ski insurance when they go on a winter sports holiday. This is a big risk to take because the costs of an accident on the ski slopes can easily amount to thousands of pounds.

Every year there are numerous incidents where skiers are faced with huge medical bills following an accident on the slopes. This is often because people have not taken out ski insurance, or have not read the small print of their ski insurance policy.

The cost of an accident on the ski slopes can be significant – a fractured leg in the United States could land you with a medical bill of up to £40,000. A knee injury in Austria could set you back £8,000. Not getting ski insurance cover or not training beforehand is just not worth the risk.

Lynda St Cooke from the Foreign Office, said:
“We strongly advise anyone hitting the slopes this winter to take out comprehensive travel insurance and make sure you have an up to date EHIC card. Don’t forget to check the small print – most insurance policies will not cover you if you’re under the influence of alcohol. If you’re unlucky enough to have an accident and you’re not covered, you could find yourself thousands of pounds out of pocket.”

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. has partnered with to provide ski insurance over 65.

The FCO have provided these safety tips to help you stay safe on the slopes this winter.
Read the FCO’s Ski Checklist >>

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