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Thousands of skiers and snowboarders don’t check they have the right insurance

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Winter is here, and many people will be looking forward to their winter sports getaway. But before you head off, make sure you’ve taken out appropriate insurance.

Almost three in ten people who take winter sports holidays admit that they never check if they have the correct cover, according to new research from ABTA — potentially leaving thousands of British skiers and snowboarders without proper insurance cover.

Winter sports holidaymakers over the age of 55 are least likely to check whether they have taken out insurance for the activities they want to do. More than a third of people (38%) in this age group who take winter sports holidays admit they don’t check whether they are covered for winter sports, significantly above the average of 29%.

Younger generations are more cautious, with only one in seven (14%) 18 to 24 year olds saying that they never check if they have the right insurance.

Urging travellers to make sure they have winter sports cover, ABTA said that figures from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) show that there were 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.

ABTA also advised winter sports holidaymakers to get fit: “If you’re not physically prepared you’re more likely to injure yourself. Warm up and do stretches before and after any activities.”

And choose the right route/pistes: “Know your limits and don’t attempt slopes beyond your level of ability.”