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Skiers urged to get adequate cover

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Skiers and snowboarders between the ages of 18 and 29 are most likely to claim for medical costs and lost luggage on winter sports holidays, with French resorts seeing the greatest number of accidents.

With an estimated one million UK travellers going on such holidays this season, the Post Office has urged all skiers and snowboarders to ensure they are sufficiently covered with travel insurance.

A third of winter sports claims in 2005 were for medical costs, with 16% for lost or stolen luggage. Cancellation or non-departure accounted for one claim in 10, according to the Post Office.

Hugh Stacey, head of travel services at Post Office, said: “Although it’s great fun, a winter sports holiday does carry more risk than a relaxing beach holiday as accidents can easily happen on the slopes. Our advice is to organise adequate cover for your winter sporting activities before you travel, to avoid any painful and costly surprises this ski season.”

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