If you’re looking for a holiday with a little more adrenaline and adventure thrown in, a getaway to the snow can be a great option.
And while snowy sports holidays – and the après ski environment – can be great fun, it can also be a little more dangerous than your standard beach holiday.
To make sure you get the best of your trip, we’ve pulled together some top tips to help keep you stay safe on the slopes.
Get the right gear
When your skis and boots match your height and weight you’re far less likely to fall and injure yourself. So, tempting as it might be to borrow kit from friends and family, you’re better off hiring ski equipment that suits you once you arrive on holiday.
Protect your head
Just like a cycle or motorbike helmet, protective head gear is a must on an adventure holiday.
And if you’re skiing with little ones, try to get them into the habit of putting a helmet on at the same time as their skis – so they’ll be less tempted to take it off later.
Know your limits
Whether you’re on the bunny slope or a black advanced run, stick to the runs you can safely complete.
Stay in touch
Try to make sure that at least one person in your group (or ideally, everyone) has a charged mobile phone on them. That way, if your group gets separated – or someone gets into trouble – you’ll be able to get help more easily.
Take it easy with the après-ski
Ski resorts are a great place to unwind with friends and family – and après-ski bars (and alcohol) are a big part of the fun.
But you don’t want to take unnecessary risks. Remember to take it easy if you’re planning on continuing skiing that day. And leave most of the mulled wine until you’re safely off the slopes.
Even for an experienced skier, going off-piste can be dangerous and you should only do so if your resort allows this. You’ll also want to check your insurance policy details before you do so – as many insurers (like us) don’t cover you unless you’re with a qualified guide.
Check your insurance cover
While our standard Travel Insurance covers you for some sports activities, it’s important to make sure you’re protected if you plan on hitting the slopes regularly.
Our optional winter sports cover protects you against damage to your equipment, piste closures, or if you can’t take part in the fun because you’re not well.