The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) have found that many British skiers do not have adequate winter sports insurance and have now launched a campaign on ski safety and the importance of having the correct insurance cover.

It is very important to make sure that you have the appropriate insurance before going skiing and to check that you are covered for everything you plan to take part in. For example, if you want to ski off-piste many insurance policies do not cover this.

If you do not have adequate insurance and injure yourself while skiing you may have to face huge medical expenses! For example, a spinal injury in France could cost £6,400 (FCO, 2010) and could be even more if injured in a remote location.

Alcohol is another safety issue. There are a lot of skiing incidents as a direct result of alcohol and if you do have, or are involved in, an accident while under the influence of alcohol your insurance may not cover this.

It is one of Peak Retreats booking conditions that all travelling have adequate winter sports insurance and we have some great insurance policies on offer. Up to 10 days insurance including winter sports is £34 for an adult or £68 for a family of 2 adults and up to 4 children. We also offer annual insurance e.g. annual Europe including up to 17 days of winter sports cover £53 for an adult or £106 for a family.