Skiers Face Mountainous Medical Bills without Travel Insurance, according to Post Office Travel Insurance

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Post Office Travel Insurance reminds skiers of the importance of travel insurance for winter sports

Winter sports are great fun but there are also greater risks involved - every year we see hundreds of our travel insurance customers suffer broken and fractured limbs, head injuries and dislocated shoulders. With medical costs associated with winter sports holidays often running into thousands of pounds, adequate travel insurance is crucial.

Research from Post Office Travel Insurance has found that more than one- fifth (22 per cent) of cost-cutting skiers and snowboarders would consider hitting the slopes without travel insurance this year.

With Post Office Travel Insurance data revealing that medical expenses account for 75 per cent of ski holiday travel insurance claims, the Post Office is urging those hitting the slopes to review their travel insurance cover before jetting off. Skiers who travel without travel insurance or with inadequate travel insurance cover could face some hefty bills if they suffer an accident while on holiday.

Post Office Travel Insurance cautions that typical skiing injuries can be very costly. For example, with a dislocated hip costing approximately £11,000 and a fractured leg up to £9,000 in Europe, UK skiers without adequate travel insurance could be setting themselves back by thousands. It is therefore important to ensure any travel insurance policy taken out offers enough to cover these medical expenses.

Post Office Head of Travel Insurance, Rachel Croft, said: "Winter sports are great fun but there are also greater risks involved - every year we see hundreds of our travel insurance customers suffer broken and fractured limbs, head injuries and dislocated shoulders. With medical costs associated with winter sports holidays often running into thousands of pounds, adequate travel insurance is crucial."

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