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Tips for skiing holidays

Tips for before you venture onto the ski slopes: 

  • Ensure you have taken out adequate holiday insurance.
Make sure that this includes cover for winter sports as not all policies do. Not checking whether your insurance covers winter sports can lead to all kinds of problems if emergency medical care, repatriation home or legal assistance is needed while abroad.
  • Read the T&Cs of your policy to ensure you’re fully covered.
Some insurers insist skiers wear a helmet when on the slopes.
  • Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings.
Keep an eye out for signs and markings and ensure you follow them. These are in place for your safety and should be obeyed.
  • Ensure your mobile phone is on your person and fully charged.
  • Keep a copy of your travel insurance policy with you and remember to take your EHIC.
It’s also advisable to carry a note with the name of the hotel you’re staying at and your emergency contact information, just in case.
  • Dress appropriately.
Your clothing protects you from the elements and impact of a crash. It should fit correctly so it’s comfortable and provides the protection you need. Layering is also a good idea and allows you to add or remove items as the temperature changes.
  • If renting ski equipment, make sure your boots and helmet fit.
If you’re a beginner, the staff in the rental shop will be able to select the most suitable skis for your size and ability. Once you have these, the in-store team will calculate the correct ‘DIN’ settings for your ski bindings before adjusting them. It’s vital you provide accurate information when asked to supply your weight, boot length, ability level and age.
  • Ski resorts categorise the slopes based on people’s experience, so always be sensible and know your own capabilities.
This means never going on a slope that is beyond your skill-level.
Learning to ski is about taking it gradually, never putting yourself at risk or endangering others.
Always use an official ski school and don’t over-estimate your ability.
  • Before you go, it’s essential that you familiarise yourself with the rules of the slope, such as who has right of way.
The rules for conduct are provided by the International Ski Federation


Top tips for if you’re involved in a skiing incident:

  1. Ensure you have the number for the ski patrol to hand wherever you’re skiing.
  2. Make sure you get the medical attention that you need immediately, and never leave an injury untreated, even if you believe it to be minor.
  3. Once treated, obtain a report from the patrol about the incident and get the details of any witnesses who saw the event.
  4. Retain any receipts or invoices related to the event and keep track of any treatment that you have received. Check our full travel guide or What to do if you are injured in another country.
  5. Finally, if you do need any advice following an incident it’s always best to seek the assistance of a trusted travel lawyer who knows the law as it applies not only in the UK but also in the country in which you had the incident.

Our experience

Even with the most meticulous planning, things can go wrong and through no fault of your own incidents can happen. Our team has experience of bringing compensation claims for travellers all over Europe and the World including France, Spain, Portugal, USA and Germany.

What we can do to help

Leigh Day has an experienced dedicated travel law team who are able to provide support and advice to those involved in incidents abroad.

Please contact us on 0207 650 1200 or 0161 393 3551 for free, no obligation advice, or email travelclaims@leighday.co.uk.

What our clients say Leigh Day

“I am very grateful to Leigh Day for all of the support they have provided since my cycling accident in Portugal. The rehabilitation package, funded by the driver’s insurance company, was implemented shortly after my first meeting with the team at Leigh Day and has been central to my progress. It’s very humbling and encouraging and really does inspire and motivate me to make the most of the opportunities available to me. Thank you.“

Mr F Davis, Leigh Day client

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