Direct Travel Insurance

Direct Travel Insurance

January 23, 2012 09:33 ET

How to Avoid a GBP 40,000 Ski Bill: From Direct Travel Insurance

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Jan. 23, 2012) - Would you pay £40,000 for a ski holiday? That's how much some winter sports fans are forking out - not because they're celebrities or rich, but because they've failed to take out travel insurance.

One in five travellers do not have ski insurance when they head to the slopes, yet breaking a leg in the Rockies could land them with up to £40,000 in medical bills, the Foreign Office has warned.

Young skiers and snowboarders are even more likely to risk ending up seriously out of pocket, with one in four 15-24 year olds not buying winter sports travel insurance. Yet the cost of patching up a knee injury in the Austrian Tyrol could be £8,000.

With such huge bills for accidents on the slopes, taking out ski travel insurance is an essential precaution and cheap policies can provide excellent cover, say the experts at Direct Travel Insurance.

Lynda St Cooke from the Foreign Office, said: 'We strongly advise anyone hitting the slopes this winter to take out comprehensive travel insurance.' She advised travellers to check the small print of their policy, warning that some insurers do not cover skiing and snowboarding off-piste.

Direct Travel Insurance does cover off-piste skiing and snowboarding without a guide in all resorts under its winter sports insurance. All policies also provide 24-hour medical emergency assistance.

European single-trip ski insurance from DTI costs from just £5.18 per person.

Here are 3 tips for avoiding trouble, according to the Foreign Office:

  • Train before you go then stretch and warm up every time you ski.
  • Know your limits: beware of boozy lunches and choose the right piste for your level.
  • Stay safe in strong sun with high-factor sun block and plenty of water.

'Direct Travel Insurance are winter sports travel insurance experts with a range of cheap ski insurance policies and more options for travellers wanting higher levels of cover,' a DTI spokesman said.

For a quick ski insurance quote, visit or call 0845 605 2700.

Notes for Editors

Established in late 1992 and trading since 1993, Direct Travel Insurance specialises in travel insurance for individual travellers, couples and families up to the age of 75. Direct Travel Insurance offers a range of cover options and added benefits including cover for over 100 sports and activities enabling customers to tailor their policies for single trip, annual multi trip, backpacking and winter sports.

All travel insurance policies are underwritten by Chartis Europe Limited. Direct Travel Insurance is a trading name of UNAT Direct Insurance Management Limited, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority (FSA Number 312350). Chartis Europe Limited is also authorised and regulated by the Financial Services Authority (FSA Number 202628).

This information can be checked by visiting the FSA website.

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