Drunk Skiers Pay The Price
Up to 400,000* young Brits risk invalidating their travel insurance by drinking excessively on the slopes this season, warns EssentialTravel.co.uk.
This winter's heavy snowfall, plus deeply discounted ski packages and the perennial lure of the après-ski party scene, means significant numbers of 18 - 28 year olds are booking last minute winter sport breaks across Europe. But EssentialTravel.co.uk is concerned young British skiers and boarders who hit the bars then hit the slopes, don't realise their insurance will not cover them if they are found to be over the limit.
‘Snowboarders and skiers generally travel with expensive equipment and realise they risk injury, so - after families - are the group most likely to take out travel insurance' says Stuart Bensusan, Director at leading British insurance specialist EssentialTravel.co.uk, ‘But what most fail to realise, is skiing or boarding whilst drunk invalidates their insurance. This means if they have a few drinks then are injured - or injure someone else - on the slopes, it's as good as having no insurance at all.”
Recent Foreign Office figures predict that a third of young people will have an alcohol related accident on the slopes this season and as Stuart Bensusan points out: ‘Winter sport injuries tend to be serious and very expensive: a broken leg can cost up to £25 000 to treat, an airlift to hospital will set you back around £6,000 and repatriation up to £50,000. If you're drunk on the slopes - you're going to end up badly out of pocket. And there's also the serious issue of liability if you are found to have negligently injured another skier'.
What makes the après-ski culture particularly hazardous is that many winter sports enthusiasts don't realise that alcohol is more intoxicating at high altitudes. It also causes body temperature to drop at an accelerated rate, increasing the likelihood of hypothermia. “We're not saying that people should abstain from drinking altogether' says Stuart, ‘But people should take responsibility and know their limits: and if they are over the limit - don't take to the slopes'.
EssentialTravel.co.uk 's Après-ski Safety Tips:
* Based on figures released by the FCO
EssentialTravel.co.uk is the UK's leading independently owned, online travel essential's company, offering competitively priced, fully comprehensive travel insurance, airport car parking and hotels. For further information, travel tips and advice visit www.essentialtravel.co.uk
EssentialTravel.co.uk Limited 21 Ganton Street, London W1F 9BN is Authorised and Regulated by the Financial Services Authority No: 300175 Company Number: 4331342
SEE ALSO :
Please note, all details on any of the Insurance industry Press Releases displayed on this site are provided by insurance companies, organisations, Government departments and media and jml Property Services does not take any responsibility for their content or accuracy.