As the clocks go forward at the end of March, you might think that it’s getting rather late in the day still to be thinking about your winter sports holidays.
Far from it says J2Ski, whose website details the planned National Schools Snowsport Week, which is going to be held at more than 20 ski slopes around the UK towards the end of April.
Naturally, these events are to be held in the country’s indoor snow centres and dry slopes, but the objective is still to give youngsters a taste of the adventure, challenge and fun that winter sports hold.
The planned event is being held at least in part to help redress the steadily declining numbers of school children who go away on winter sports trips. The decline might be a reaction to the greater concern and consciousness on the part of both schools and parents these days to children’s participation in inherently dangerous or risky sports.
J2Ski recognises that, for all the addictive exhilaration of winter sports, they do indeed hold their dangers. If you are going to participate in them, therefore, it is important to accept those dangers and take responsibility for understanding them.
Winter sports insurance
One of the ways of doing this is to ensure that you have adequate winter sports insurance to help support and protect you.
Ordinary travel insurance typically excludes cover for individuals taking part in winter sports during their holidays, so you might want to ensure that the policy you buy is from a specialist insurance provider – such as Bengo Travel and others.
A specialist insurer has the expertise and experience to recognise the many dangers and risks which winter sports may hold. This includes the need to extend cover to a very wide range of activities which may be included under the umbrella term of winter sports – skiing and snowboarding might represent just the tip of the iceberg of all the activities in which you might engage.
The risks to life and limb are addressed, of course, in the medical emergency provisions of such insurance policies.
When you get to enjoy the snow on the mountain slopes, you may find yourself some way from the usual availability of help and assistance. A fall, a broken bone, or some other emergency might require a rescue that involves considerable back-up and even your evacuation by helicopter.
Since this is likely to be followed by potentially expensive care and medical treatment, the need for a relative to be near your bedside, and for your eventual repatriation to the UK, the associated costs may soar.
It is this cover for medical emergencies that makes winter sports insurance such an important part of your preparation for any such holiday. It does not take away any of the dangers of engaging in winter sports, of course, but it does provide the reassurance that you are going to able to afford the medical help and assistance you may require is on hand when you need it the most.