Five tips on how to enjoy your skiing holiday
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Christmas is almost upon us and for many it's time to book and start preparing for a winter ski break.
You never think you may be involved in an accident whilst skiing but it is worth taking a few minutes to consider the eventuality so if something does happen you have some idea of what to do.
- Make sure you take out travel insurance that covers winter sports. Take the time to read the activities that are actually covered. Many policies do not cover off piste skiing as standard. You should also check whether your policy includes snow parks which are particularly popular with snowboarders. It is important to note that whilst theses appear to be ‘on-piste’ they could still be excluded from the policy. Other activities in the snow such as toboggan rides and zip wires may also be excluded. It is also worth checking the policy limits for cancellation, curtailment and damage to equipment so if you do have to make a claim there is sufficient cover in place. There is no point buying the cheapest policy if it is not suitable for your requirements.
- The majority of skiers hire ski equipment when they get to resort. It is helpful to have an idea of your binding settings and you can check this over the internet on any number of sites. You will need details of your height, weight and shoe size in metric if travelling to Europe. Check the settings on both skis and make sure they are the same. If you think the setting is too high or too low don’t be afraid to check it with staff in the shop. It is also helpful to take a picture of both settings should there be any issues later during the week or even during the first day of skiing. Keep a copy of any documents you are given when hiring the equipment.
- Should you be unfortunate enough to be involved in an accident on a piste you are obliged under the FIS code of conduct to exchange details with the other party. It is helpful to keep details of your insurance policy on you to include the policy number and the provider together with the number for the medical assistance team. Take photos of the accident location and get details of any witnesses. Everyone carries a phone with them so there is no excuse not to do this.
- Wear a helmet! More and more insurers now require you to wear a helmet as standard so check your policy carefully to see if this is a requirement. Some ski schools require children to wear helmets before they can participate in lessons.
- Watch your alcohol intake both during the day and during après ski. Drinking at high altitude can make you feel drunk quicker than usual. It's important to wear suitable clothing and footwear for the cold and don’t allow friends who may be suffering the effects of too much alcohol to go out alone with unsuitable clothing as they expose themselves to the risk of hypothermia.
Enjoy your holiday!
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