Ski Season Ski Insurance

Everyone who likes the white stuff wishes they had done it - few do. Ski season insurance is for all those do-ers that get out into a resort for the whole season. They are there on the first day and there on the last party day!

Build your ideal ski season insurance online with You can get a great deal that covers you for off piste, on piste and for loss of valuables or no snow - the choice is yours depending on what you value for your cover.

Ski travel insurance policies for the ski season are not readily available from the normal source, so make sure if you think you've bought one for a £100 you have bought one that will cover you properly should you need it. A ski season will seem like a long time to have to insure yourself for, but don't leave this insurance policy to chance! Buy extra gadget cover and remove the cancellation - bespoke your quote!

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Ski Season Travel Insurance

If you are planning to spend an entire season in a ski resort then you will need to look at ski season ski insurance. This will insure that you are covered for the period of time you will be skiing in the resort, rather than the usual 1 or 2 week ski insurance policy.

Who Skis A Ski Season?

Very lucky people! You may have extended holiday or be in between jobs so what better way to spend your time than spending an entire season skiing or boarding. You may want to base yourself in a resort close to others or you may be travelling between resorts and countries. Whatever you are doing do ensure you have the right insurance as a normal ski holiday cover may not be right for you.


EHIC is the European Health Insurance Card. It used to be called the E111 and is a reciprocal health agreement between European countries including Switzerland. This gives you access to state provided healthcare during a temporary stay in another European economic area. You can apply for EHIC through the EHIC online application form, this is free of charge, so do beware as unofficial websites will try and charge you.

As a ski season skier do not rely sole on this for your ski insurance needs. The reason for this is that EHIC will not cover many of the things you may need should you have an accident on the slopes. So for example mountain rescue is not covered, nor is being flown back to the UK. Lost or stolen property is also not included. So for anyone skiing we would recommend you have both an EHIC form and ski insurance.

Why Do You Need Insurance At All?

There are really two main reasons why you should never ski without ski insurance. Firstly, if you are unlucky enough to hurt yourself then those injuries can be quite serious. You may break a bone and need to be airlifted off the slopes which can run into thousands of pounds. Or you could cause a serious accident to another skier or boarder and be liable for their costs. This is not the same as laying on a beach. Skiing and boarding are dangerous sports which can cause life threatening injuries so always insure you have the right cover.

Secondly, the equipment you use for skiing and boarding is expensive. If someone steals your board or skis then that could set you back thousands of pounds.

What To Look For In Season Ski Insurance

There are a number of key features we would recommend you look for when taking out this type of policy.

Length of Time

 It is essential that the policy covers you for the time you are away. It can also be useful to be able to extend it whilst you are away. Some policies will give you this flexibility. Some will also allow you to return to the UK for one trip during the period of the cover. Do think about what your movements will be during the season. Remember many seasons in ski resorts in Europe can last from 5-6 months.

Resorts Covered

Another thing to think about is whether you will be staying in one country. You may for example be skiing or boarding in a resort that gives you access to another country. Some policies will allow you to change this during the course of the policy but others won’t, so do check this out.

What Activities Will You Be Doing?

Think about the activities you will be involved in in the resort. Are you just skiing or will you be off piste? In addition, will you be doing other sports aside from skiing? Do ensure you are covered for what you will be doing. Some policies for example do not cover you for skiing off piste or will only cover you if you are with a qualified guide.

In addition to the issue of whether you will be skiing off piste or not also consider whether you will be doing the following-bigfoot skiing, glacier skiing, mono skiing, ski racing, ski mountaineering and ski touring. Aside from the skiing do think about whether you will be dog sledding, glacier walking, ice skating, snow shoeing, speed skating, tobogganing, playing ice hockey, bobsleighing and luging. Your answer to these questions will help determine that you get the right cover.

Level of Cover

When looking at the detail of what is included in your policy, we would advise the following. Aim for at least £2m for medical expenses. This will cover you for repatriation to the UK and for getting you off the mountain should the worse happen. Look for £1m personal liability cover, this should cover you if it is deemed that you are liable for somebody else’s accident. You may want to check that your lift pass is insured as it will need to be used the whole season. In addition do check that all your equipment is covered, look at what it would cost to replace your boots, skis, board and any other equipment of value.

A final tip is to really check the small print of any policy. What looks cheap may for example come with a high excess making a claim not cost effective. For example some cheaper policies set excess levels at £200, lose your gloves and the policy isn’t really worth it. Don’t skimp on ski insurance. It is a dangerous sport and injuries can involve costly hospital treatments and after care, so do ensure you are protected.