If you’re planning on hitting the slopes on your next holiday, a standard travel insurance policy probably won’t cover you.
You'll need to take out extra cover for winter sports with your policy - when you compare travel insurance with us, we’ll ask you if you need it.
A winter sports holiday is non-stop fun, but skiing or snowboarding isn’t without its risks. You’re much more likely to get injured during a winter sports trip than a holiday spent lounging by the pool, which is why you need extra protection from your travel insurance.
"Nearly a third of winter sports holidaymakers are heading out to the slopes without the appropriate travel insurance in place, putting themselves at risk of costly medical bills if they have an accident while abroad"
Nikki White, ABTA director of destinations and sustainability
Ski insurance, or winter sports insurance, isn’t actually a type of travel insurance. It’s a policy feature that’s either already included or added on to your travel insurance.
Winter sports are considered to be high-risk activities by insurers, with more chance of you being seriously injured, so the medical aspect of your cover is usually more extensive than standard. It’ll include cover for things like air ambulances - important if you run into trouble in a hard to reach location.
It’ll also offer protection for situations unique to ski trips, like losing or damaging equipment, or piste closures. Because of that, expect travel insurance with winter sports cover to cost a bit more than a run-of-the-mill policy.
Because you’re adding additional cover to a travel insurance policy, you’ll have cover for the standard things like lost and stolen possessions, medical expenses, trip cancellation and repatriation back to the UK. But you’ll also have cover for:
What’s covered, and how much cover you have, varies between policies. You can find out exactly what cover is available by looking at policy docs - if you’re unsure just give the insurer a call.
Winter travel insurance cover always has exclusions - watch out for these:
Hitting the slopes in Europe? Sort out your GHIC
The Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) replaced the European Health Insurance Card in 2021 and gives you the right to access state healthcare if you’re skiing in a country within the European Economic Area or Switzerland. You can apply for one here.
The average premium for a single winter sports policy, without pre-existing medical conditions, in 2020 was £30.89.
The price of your policy depends on a whole host of factors, like the country you’re visiting, duration of your trip and your age. Compare policies to get the best deal.
Yes, you can. If you’re going skiing with family or friends, you can take out a group policy with winter sports cover. It’ll probably work out cheaper than insuring everyone separately too.
If you’ve got a pre-existing medical condition, you need to let your insurer know about it when you take out cover. If you don’t, you won’t be covered for it if your condition gets worse. You won’t be able to claim back any expenses you have because of it either.
Average price purchased data recorded by theidol.com for single-trip winter sports travel insurance without pre-existing medical conditions, between January 1 and December 31 2020.