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Skiing Holiday Insurance
No winter holiday is complete without a skiing adventure.Essential Travel offers you affordable travel insurance for at least 7 different types of skiing (and many other winter sports) when you add Winter Sports cover to your quote.
Winter Sports cover is available to add onto to any of our policies and includes cover for more than 25 different sporting activities.
Save 10% On Winter Sports Insurance - Hurry Offer Ends 10th December!
Since 2010 we’ve been promoting the benefits of helmets on the slopes in our Use Your Head campaign, as we fully believe they could save your life. Last year, we made the bold decision to insist that you must wear a helmet whilst participating in winter sports activities to be fully covered by our fantastic winter sports policies.
As a thank you for supporting our campaign and skiing safely, not only can you save 10% on your winter sports insurance policy, but you will also get exclusive access to a whole host of winter sports discounts from the likes of Ellis Brigham and Neilson.
Options for Ski Travel Insurance
Essential Travel's policies are structured so that the best policy for you depends on your trip.
- Single Trip with Winter Sports – for one off trips up to 87 days with 17 days of skiing (ages 2 – 65*)
- Annual Multi Trip with Winter Sports – for multiple trips throughout the year of up to 45 days each, with up to 17 days for skiing/wintersports per year (ages 2 – 65*)
- Backpacker with Winter Sports – continuous trips for 2 years with up to 31 days per policy for skiing (ages 19 – 55)
*If you are 65 or older, find out about Travel Insurance for Over 65s.
Winter Sports Medical Insurance
By adding Winter Sports to your policy, you will have access to mountain rescue, helicopter rescue costs and repatriation and the following benefits:
- Medical Expenses up to £5 million - £10 million
- Hospital Benefit up to £600 - £1,200
- Personal Accident up to £15,000 - £30,000
Always exercise caution and wear a helmet when skiing or partaking in any other Winter Sport to benefit from your cover. This is also a requirement for your travel insurance to remain in place.
Off Piste Skiing
When you add additional Winter Sports cover, you are also offered off piste cover.
Off Piste Skiing with a guide - add Winter Sports to your quote and you are covered for off piste skiing when skiing with a guide
Experts' Top Tip - You should add Sports Grade 4 and Winter Sports if you plan on Skiing Off Piste without a guide
Skiing and Wintersports
Listed in the table below are a range of ski-related activities and other winter sports that you are covered for at no extra cost with your Winter Sports add-on.
|Winter Sports covered in the same quote|
|Air boarding||Glacier Walking|
|Big Foot Skiing||Huskey Dog Sledging organised and non-competitive|
|Blade Skating||Ice Karting|
|Bum Boarding||Ice Skating|
|Cross Country/Nordic Skiing||Ice Windsurfing|
|Dog Sledging||Kick Sledging|
|Ski - blading||Snow mobiling|
|Skiing - alpine||Snow Shoe Walking|
|Skiing off piste with a guide||Snow Tubing|
|Skiing on piste||Tobogganing|
|Sledging||Winter Walking (using crampons and ice picks only)|
|Sledging pulled by horse or reindeer as a passenger|
In addition to theft, you are covered for:
|Replacement or repair of equipment||up to £750||from £75|
|Loss or damage of hired equipment||up to £510||nil|
|Closed piste||up to £500||nil|
|Unused ski packs||up to £600||nil|
Add Extra Cover
You can customise your policy further with pre-existing medical condition cover, sports and a number of other specialist add-ons.
Do You Need to Declare a Medical Condition?
If you have a pre-existing medical condition it’s vital that you declare it or you could invalidate your entire policy. Insurers don’t like to think that you’ve hidden things from them and you may be surprised to find out that many common medical conditions such as allergies can be added without any additional cost. What’s more, you even have the option to declare a condition but then exclude it from your policy. What this means is that you’ve told your insurer about your condition but decided not to cover it, so you will be covered medically for anything unrelated to that condition.
Do You Need Extra Sports or Specialist Cover?
A decent policy will include cover for many sporty or adventure activities as standard. However the more adventurous or dangerous the activity, like winter sports, the more likely it is that you will need to purchase additional sports insurance. You can customise your policy further a number of other specialist add-ons.
If you want to play sport on holiday, make sure you do so safely by adding the correct sports grade to your policy.
100+ sports are covered at no extra cost on our policies!
By adding Winter Sports to your Single, Annual or Backpacker policy you can take part in over 26 winter sports and be covered for:
Medical: you will be covered for emergency medical expenses that occur should you have an accident and require medical attention including cover for mountain rescue, helicopter rescue costs and repatriation
Equipment: Winter Sports cover also provides peace of mind against any theft, loss or damage to your personal or hired equipment as well as any pre-paid fees.winter sports cover →
Regardless of your handicap, cover for your golf equipment and pre-paid green fees can be added to your policy giving you nothing else to work on except your game.
Simply add extra golf protection to your Single, Annual Multi or Backpacker Trip policy to add extra protection for:
- Your Personal Equipment up to £1000
- Hired Equipment up to £200
- Pre-paid Green Fees up to £300
Self employed or working for a company, if you travel for work you can add extra protection against accidental loss, theft or damage to your business equipment to your Single, Annual Multi or Backpacker Trip policies.
Business cover protects equipment such as cameras, mobiles, laptops that you may need to work or have with you in meetings.business trip insurance →
Sail the seas worry-free by adding extra cover for missed port, cabin confinement and unused excursions to any of our Single, Annual Multi or Backpacker Trip travel insurance policies.
Cruise cover will add extra protection for:
- Extended baggage cover up to £3,500
- Missed shore trips up to £500
- Cabin confinement (due to illness) up to £600
- Valuables up to £700
If you're planning on tying the knot abroad, extra cover for accidental loss, theft or damage to your your wedding clothes, rings, gifts and photos can be added to your Single, Annual Multi or Backpacker Trip policy, to help ensure that your special day is everything it’s meant to be.
- Wedding Clothes up to £1500 per person
- Wedding Gifts up to £1000 per couple
- Wedding Rings up to £250 per person
- Wedding Photographs up to £750 per person
Should you need to claim on your travel insurance an Excess is the amount that you'll have to pay before we pick up the rest of the bill.
Avoid paying any excesses by adding the Excess Waiver option to your Single, Annual Multi or Backpacker Trip policy.find out more →
If you've packaged your holiday yourself (without the help of a travel agent) add the Indepentent Traveller add-on will provide cover for additional scenarios such as:
- Extended Cancellation and Curtailment: If you need to cancel or return home early because your booked accommodation becomes unreachable and unusable due to a travel ban or evacuation
- Extended Delayed & Missed Departure: Not only will we pay you for the first 12 hours of delay, we'll also help with pre-paid travel, accomodation & any alternative travel arrangements you may need to make
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