Essential Travel makes helmets compulsory for skiers

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  • | by Kristian Dando

Winter sports enthusiasts could end up invalidating their travel insurance this ski season by not wearing a helmet.

Travel insurance specialist Essential Travel has stipulated that skiiers and snowboarders who’ve taken out a policy with them will now have to wear a helmet on the slopes for their policies to be valid.

Having an invalid travel insurance policy would mean that the cost of medical treatment and getting home would fall with the traveller – meaning sky high costs of tens or even hundreds of thousands of pounds.

In some countries in Europe and abroad, it is compulsory for children under 14 to wear a helmet on the slopes. As yet, there are no laws to ensure that adults do the same.

If you don’t have a ski helmet, then most ski rental shops at resorts offer helmets. If you ski annually – or are luckier to go even more frequently than that – then it may be worth investing in one that’s yours to keep and use year-in-year-out – providing of course, it doesn’t get broken.