The Importance of Safety Precautions in Winter Sports

Michael Schumacher's recent accident is a sharp reminder of the dangers of winter sports and the absolute necessity for safety precautions.
Whilst serious accidents are not necessarily common on or off piste, with the potential dangers of falling on compacted prepared slopes or the possibility of hitting or falling onto rocks off piste, the right travel insurance is a necessity to ensure that you are able to obtain medical treatment if required.

With this in mind it’s also advisable to read the small print, not wearing a helmet can void some policies as can skiing the morning after the night before, or after a long and boozy lunch.

Some travel insurance policies do not cover everything that may be necessary if an accident occurs on a winter sports holiday, you should always check whether search and rescue, transportation from the slopes to the hospital and repatriation are covered. Skiing off piste is also often excluded from policies. More adventurous holidays such as tobogganing, bobsleigh or downhill racing may require further cover than a standard winter sports policy will provide.

Head injuries, even minor ones, can have devastating and life changing effects with symptoms taking up to 48 hours to appear, as recently reported by the BBC. So whilst holidays should be about escapism and having fun, winter sports can be dangerous and staying safe should always be a priority.