Brits warned about expensive ski accidents

Published on 1 January 1970 by Raffick Marday

With the ski season in full swing, Brits are being warned to take extra care when hitting the slopes after a night out.

Almost a quarter of winter holidaymakers have hit the slopes while still drunk from the night before, research has revealed.

Research by Santander Insurance has found that 23% of Brits have gone skiing while still drunk, and a further 17% have gone on a ski holiday despite having only practised on a games console.

“People can get a little over-excited when they are on skiing and snowboarding holidays, and while they should of course enjoy themselves, it is very easy to forget how easy and potentially costly it is to get injured on the mountain,” said Moyra O'Doherty, Group Marketing Manager for Santander Insurance.

The research also revealed that one in five skiers and snowboarders have had an accident on the slopes that required medical attention.

And of those who have been skiing or snowboarding in the past five years, more than half have done so without a helmet, and 17% have been under the influence from lunchtime drinking.

“While many people may want to cut costs on their ski holiday, we would urge them not to cut back on winter sports travel insurance,” added Ms O’Doherty.

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This is a good way of bypassing expensive bank charges and foreign ATM machines while you’re on holiday.

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