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29/01/2013
Brits have lost nearly 5.5 million ski days due to injury or lack of snow over the last five year, but one in eight still hits the slopes without insurance.

Adverse weather conditions alone have caused winter holiday makers to miss out on over 2.8m days on the mountains.

This could have been due to a whiteout or even lack of snow, but often leaves the skier out of pocket as costs add up – especially as a one day lift pass can cost over £50 at popular resorts.

A further 2.5m days were lost due to injury.

According to insurers LV= Travel, if you are injured while skiing abroad you could find yourself shelling out thousands of pounds for medical care.

Even in Europe where an EHIC card often entitles you to free or subsidised treatment at state hospitals, this does not cover the costs of getting you from the mountain to the hospital.

Getting an air ambulance out to a mountain can set you back thousands of pounds and then if surgery is required this could cost far more – in America medical care for a broken leg can run to tens of thousands.

Selwyn Fernandes, Managing Director of LV= Travel insurance, said: “Over a million ski days are lost due to bad weather and injury each year and it’s likely that most winter sports holidaymakers will be affected at some point.

“Those planning a winter sports break should check their insurance to make sure they are covered for winter sports activities, so they are not left out of pocket should the worst happen.”

Winter sports insurance is not normally included as standard in travel insurance policies and needs to be purchased as an add on. If you don’t purchase the winter sports add on then you will not be covered when skiing or snowboarding.

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