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Shock report reveals British skiers and snowboarders not insured on the slopes

Filed under: Research and Statistics — Posted by: Andrew on January 28, 2012

Santander Insurance has conducted a study into the travel insurance habits of British skiers and snowboarders heading for the slopes this winter.

The study revealed some shocking statistics. Around 23% admit that they take to the slopes whilst drunk or still hung over from the night before and a further 17% said they ski after drinking alcohol at lunchtime. Being under the influence of alcohol is the most common reason for accidents on the slopes. 20% of skiers who have an accident require medical attention but an amazing one in seven do not even have basic travel insurance, thus leaving themselves or their families facing huge medical bills.

Even those with travel insurance do not check to see if they have the correct cover in place and some do not realize that if they have an accident they will not be covered if they are under the influence of alcohol or not wearing a helmet.

In the current economic climate, many are taking the risk without realising many accidents will result in broken bones in their limbs, being unable to walk or use normal transport, and could require medical repatriation to the UK. The cost of an air ambulance in Europe to bring you home is between £3-4,000 and from £2-5,000 from the USA and this is on top of any hospital medical costs.

Proper travel insurance covering hospital costs abroad and medical repatriation is essential not optional. No insurance could mean you are paying for that holiday for many years to come.

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