Skiing holiday: Check your insurance before departure

A skiing holiday has always been a risky business, and numerous travellers have had to cut short their skiing holiday with a dislocated knee or broken ankle. SOS International, which helps travellers with treatment and the journey home, encourages you to carefully check your insurance before departure.

Last winter, COVID-19 almost cancelled the skiing season. So, it is only natural to be a little rusty about what precautions are sensible to take if you are going on a skiing holiday in the coming weeks.

- There’s a lot to consider regarding entry restrictions and Covid, so we are perhaps a little worried that travellers will forget to check their insurance, says Karin Tranberg, Executive Vice President, Travelcare Division at SOS International.

Is your insurance cover sufficient?
- It’s hard to completely avoid injury when you’re skiing. Once the injury has happened, it’s important to be insured. Otherwise, your holiday could end up being much more expensive than expected, says Karin Tranberg.

SOS International encourages you to check your insurance cover before departure - especially for Covid-related matters. There can be differences in how the insurance covers you if you have to cancel your trip or if you become infected and need to go into self-isolation because of Covid during your holiday.

In case of bad luck - call the emergency centre
If you get into trouble on holiday, it matters who you contact for help.

- It’s important to call the alarm centre first. We can refer you to the most suitable treatment centre, and our doctors will assess whether the treatment recommended at the resort is correct, says Karin Tranberg, pointing out that there are many private assistance providers at ski resorts whose primary focus is on making money:

- Especially after a long period without ski tourists, you can expect that the risk of being over-charged and over-treated is high, says Karin Tranberg.

With the blue EU health insurance card, travellers are guaranteed treatment at the same level as the country’s own citizens.

Skiing holiday checklist:

• Find out how you and your family are insured
• Do you have a valid EU health insurance card?
• Have you trained to prevent injuries before your skiing holiday?
• Do you know the rules on the slopes? See the International Ski Federation’s Rules of Conduct on the slopes here

SOS International’s travel assistance hotline has received many enquiries in January 2022 about how insurance covers cancellations, entry restrictions and quarantine requirements. SOS International encourages you to check travel and cancellation insurance cover and conditions before departure and if in doubt, to contact your insurance company.

How many was injured in the 2019/2020 season? 

Get ready for the pistes – useful tips for ski holidays

The winter holiday weeks are some of the busiest at our alarm centres where we help Nordic skiers injured on foreign pistes.

We have put together a package of useful tips for your ski holiday, whether you are heading for the beautiful cold north, or the stunning European destinations, such as Austria or France.

Get ready for the pistes

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Are you travelling and in need of acute assistance?

Contact SOS International's alarm centre on +45 7010 5050.

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