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Whether you’re skiing, snowboarding or tobogganing, winter sports travel insurance will bring some peace of mind to your wintry getaway. We cover potential issues that are exclusive to winter sports, such as lost or damaged equipment, closed pistes and medical evacuation from the mountain. That’s one less thing to think about when planning your ski trip!

What is winter sports travel insurance and do you need it?

Winter sports travel insurance is a specific type of travel insurance that covers the increased levels of risk that come with winter sports. Winter sports are typically activities like skiing, snowboarding or tobogganing.

Winter sports holidays are exhilarating, but there is no doubt that they come with a certain amount of risk. Accidents on the mountain come with an increased level of complexity to treat, which often makes them very expensive.

Regular travel insurance policies cover accidents and injuries, but they will not cover the high-risk activities of winter sports. Therefore, if you’re injured while skiing or snowboarding, you may not be covered. This makes getting specific winter sports travel insurance incredibly important.

Which winter sports are covered?

Our winter sports travel insurance includes a range of different activities, from skiing and snowboarding to bobsleighing and tobogganing. 

Here’s a list of all the winter sports activities we cover:

  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Off-piste skiing/snowboarding (except where considered unsafe by resort management)
  • Cross country skiing
  • Freestyle skiing*
  • Cat skiing
  • Mono skiing
  • Recreational/non-professional ski racing or training*
  • Ski acrobatics*
  • Ski bob racing*
  • Ski/snowboard fun parks*
  • Ski stunting*
  • Ski touring with a guide
  • Bobsleighing*
  • Glacier walking or trekking under 2,000m altitude
  • Ice climbing under 100m (fully supervised)*
  • Ice fishing
  • Ice hockey*
  • Lugeing*
  • Snowmobiling*
  • Tobogganing

Note: Unfortunately, there is no cover for ski flying, ski jumping or ski mountaineering. For the activities marked with an * above an increased medical excess of £250 will apply and there will be no cover under the personal accident or personal liability sections of the policy. See our policy wording for more details.

What else does InsureandGo’s winter sports travel insurance cover?

What’s covered?

Your travel insurance policy with winter sports added includes:

  • Emergency medical expenses
  • Cover for cancellation of your trip
  • Over 100 sports and activities covered (see your policy wording for a full list of activities)
  • Personal belongings and baggage cover
  • Personal money, passports and travel documents cover
  • Accommodation cover
  • Legal expenses cover
  • Delayed departure cover
  • Our 24-hour emergency assistance team, available to call, day or night

What’s not covered?

We strive to provide as much cover as possible. However, there are some situations no travel insurance will cover. For example:

  • You cannot cover events or reasons to claim which took place before you booked the trip or purchased insurance. Insurance exists to cover unexpected events outside of the insured’s control
  • Claims which are less than the excess for that section of cover. For example, you cannot claim a £40 lost item if your baggage excess is £60
  • All of our winter sports travel insurance policies include cover for cancellation of your trip, but there may be some exclusions. For example, you won’t be covered to cancel if you simply decide not to go

We will consider all pre-existing medical conditions, find out more about medical travel insurance

The excess and amount of cover available varies depending on the level of travel insurance for winter sports you buy. Make sure you check the policy wording to see the full terms and conditions.

To check the policy exclusions and what is and isn’t included, take a look at our policy wording.

Age restrictions

We’ll cover anyone up to the age of 65 for winter sports around the world.

Valuables

The amount of valuables cover available depends on the policy you choose. Make sure you have a look at our policy wording to see the full terms and conditions. If you’ll be taking away something a bit more expensive you can add our valuables extension.

Lost, stolen or damaged items

Our winter sports travel insurance policies cover all skis, poles, snowboards, boots & bindings. We’ll cover lost, stolen or damaged items, even if they’re stolen out of a ski rack (between the hours of 10am – 8pm). We’ll also cover costs to hire equipment if yours is lost, stolen or damaged.

Unfortunately, we can’t cover lost, stolen or damaged items that are left unattended. We also can’t cover lost, stolen or damaged items that are not reported to the police within 24 hours.

Trip length

Winter sports cover for a single trip will last the whole length of your stay. If you add winter sports cover to an annual multi-trip policy, this will only cover you for 17 days of snowy fun.

The best travel insurance for your winter sports trip

Winter sports cover is added to your travel insurance policy. Not sure what you need? 

Choose a cover level to suit your travel needs

BlackGoldSilver
Medical expenses and repatriationUnlimited£15 million£10 Million
Cancellation and curtailment£10,000£7,500£5,000
Travel delayUp to £650Up to £540Up to £450
Personal belongings£5,000£2,500£2,000
Legal Expenses£60,000£50,000£15,000
Standard ExcessNil£50£60

Winter sports insurance for travellers with pre-existing medical conditions

Just like with every other type of trip, it’s important to make sure you have adequate travel insurance for medical conditions. We’ll consider cover for any medical conditions which are declared to us, even while you’re on a winter sports trip. However please be aware that some conditions, such as osteoporosis may not be covered while you’re taking part in winter sports.

We consider something to be a pre-existing condition if you have: 

Before buying a winter sports travel insurance policy, you must let us know about any pre-existing conditions you have. Just call us or use our quick and easy online medical screening.

Which destinations are covered by our winter sports insurance?

We offer winter sports travel insurance policies based on the following destination groupings:

*Europe includes: Albania, Andorra, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Azores, Balearics, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia And Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canary Islands, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Madeira, Malta, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine.

If you’ve already bought annual multi-trip travel insurance for a particular area but are now going to be travelling further afield, we can upgrade your cover to include the new destination. Alternatively, you could purchase separate single-trip cover instead, but upgrading your annual travel insurance policy to include worldwide cover can often work out cheaper.

If you’d like to discuss these options, or you’re still unsure which area your trip falls into, please contact us.

How to book our winter sports insurance

We know planning your winter getaway can be complex, so we make getting winter sports travel insurance as simple as possible:

1. Let us know about your trip

We need to know a bit about your trip, who you want to cover and when you want the policy to start. We will also ask you for information regarding any pre-existing medical conditions so that we can provide you with the right level of cover. 

It’s quick and easy to give us this information, either online or by calling our team:

2. Get your quote

Once we have all the details we need, we will send you your quote. At this stage, you can go ahead and buy your policy, or save the quote for the future.

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Frequently asked questions on winter sports travel insurance

How much does winter sports travel insurance cost?

There is no standard cost for winter sports travel insurance. The exact cost of your winter sports travel insurance will vary depending on the length of the trip you’re taking, where you’re going, whether or not you have any pre-existing medical conditions, any activities you’ll be doing, and any additional cover you might need.

Can I get winter sports insurance without travel insurance?

Unfortunately, we do not offer winter sports insurance without travel insurance. To get winter sports insurance, you need to add this specific type of cover to either a single trip or annual multi-trip policy. 

Please be aware that winter sports travel insurance for a single trip will last the whole length of your stay, but is limited to 17 days per year on annual policies.

What to look for in winter sports insurance?

In general, you should look for winter sports travel insurance which provides cover for

  • Medical costs while taking part in your chosen activity
  • Costs to return you to the UK if medically necessary
  • Lost, stolen or damaged ski equipment
  • Piste closure
  • Cancellation or curtailment

Every provider offers different cover for winter sports, and you should always check to make sure that your policy meets your specific needs.

Is equipment included in winter sports travel insurance?

Yes. All InsureandGo policies with winter sports travel insurance added will cover equipment lost, stolen or damaged, as long as it is not left unattended in a public area. We cover all skis, poles, snowboards, boots & bindings. 

If your skiing equipment is lost, stolen or damaged, we’ll cover it – even if it’s stolen out of a ski rack (between the hours of 10am and 8pm). We’ll also cover the costs of hiring new equipment. 

Unfortunately, we can’t cover lost, stolen or damaged items that are left unattended. We also can’t cover lost, stolen or damaged items that are not reported to the police within 24 hours.

When should I buy winter sports travel insurance?

You should buy your winter sports cover as soon as you book your winter sports trip, or as soon as possible. Remember that your winter sports travel insurance will only be valid if you have bought it before you leave the UK.

Are there age limits for winter sports insurance?

Unfortunately, our cover for winter sports is only available to people 65 and under (at the time they buy the policy).

How to claim on your InsureandGo winter sports travel insurance

As soon as you know you want to make a claim:

  1. Contact the claims handlers.  You can either do this online or give us a call
  2. Gather as much evidence as possible upfront to speed up the process
  3. Complete the claim form carefully. Include any copies of relevant paperwork, such as receipts or medical certificates.  
  4. Submit the claim. Make sure to keep a copy for yourself. 

Note: Be sure to check the fine print on your policy before claiming. You’ll want to check that you’re within the time limits for making a claim and how much your excess is.

Will GHIC cover me for winter sports?

The GHIC, formerly known as the EHIC or E111, is a medical card that entitles you to free or reduced-cost medical treatment while in Europe. While the cost of medical treatment is reduced or free in some countries, it does not cover anything outside of this, such as airlifting to the hospital. 

The GHIC is not an alternative to winter sports travel insurance and does not cover the cost of repatriation if you need to be flown back to the UK. The UK Government advises that all UK nationals get the required level of travel insurance before they leave the country.

 Do I need winter sports insurance for trips to snowy countries?

If you’re planning a snowy getaway, winter sports travel insurance might be sensible – even if you’re not planning on skiing. Remember that winter sports travel insurance covers more than just skiing. If you fancy a snowmobile ride, dog-sledding or a reindeer trip, regular travel insurance policies won’t cover you in case of an emergency or mishap.

What is considered off-piste for travel insurance?

Typically, an area that is considered off-piste for travel insurance is any area that is between the piste-bashed runs. These areas are often unmanaged terrain and can be easily identified by looking at the boundaries on the resort’s map. 

At InsureandGo, we cover off-piste skiing and snowboarding as standard unless the area has been designated as unsafe by the resort.

Who can buy an InsureandGo winter sports travel insurance policy?

All our winter sports travel insurance policies are available to UK residents. This means:

Get a quote online or browse our policy documents for more information.

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