11 Tips to Stay Safe on the Ski Slopes
If you’re skiing at half term, take a minute to make sure your travel insurance is all in order – and make time to talk through some winter sports safety points* with your family or group.
Despite the safe ‘bubble’ feeling on the slopes these days, you’re still at the mercy of the elements and the weather – and as we’ve seen recently, accidents and avalanches are a real threat.
Even the most competent skiers and snowboarders can be involved in collisions or accidents. Read our top tips for staying safe on the slopes*:
- Take out the right winter sports travel insurance package and keep hold of your travel insurance medical emergency helpline number – as well as your policy number. Our Chubb and AIG policies include Winter Sports – with others it’s an option.
- Make sure your skiing or boarding equipment, whether your own or hired, is in good order. It should fit your height, weight and skill level.
- Wear protective headgear or a helmet – make helmets mandatory for your children.
- Take lessons if you’ve never skied before. If you haven’t been on the piste for a while, a lesson or two will polish up your skills.
- Remember that skiers or boarders in front or below you on the piste have right of way.
- Know your limits – ski or snowboard to your skill level.
- Respect the mountain and obey all warning signs – especially during avalanche season.
- Never go off-piste unless you are authorised to do so by the resort. Your insurance won’t cover off-piste skiing unless you’re accompanied by a qualified guide.
- Carry a fully-charged mobile phone with you.
- Don’t drink and ski. A glass of wine or beer with your lunch is fine, but excess alcohol will slow your reactions and affect your observation and balance.
- Remember to take an EHIC card. It still offers state-provided emergency medical treatment in EEA countries.
Many of La Playa’s home policies include winter sports travel insurance, but do check – and be aware that if you go off piste, you’re not covered!
To talk through your travel or home insurance, contact email@example.com. our advice is always free and without obligation.
*with thanks to Aviva