Hitting the slopes on your holiday? Here are some fast facts about this popular winter sport:
Keep reading to find out what travel insurance can help you with if you’re planning to go heli-skiing on your holiday.
If you're taking part in any snow activities, you have to purchase our Winter Sports Pack to be covered.
The Winter Sports Pack covers you for emergency evaluation from the ski slopes, as well as cover for cancellations, piste closure, rental ski gear excess. We can also provide:
You won’t be covered for anything arising from your heli-skiing if:
Many ski injuries result from ill fitted or outdated equipment. Try not to borrow gear that you’re not familiar with, and if in doubt look for ski shops that have a decent rental supply.
Warming up and down, before and after you ski are important, but so is getting in shape before you set foot on the snow. When you’re in good shape you’ll have less chance of injuring yourself and also find you’ll have more fun once you get out there.
Tiredness is a large contributor to snow injuries. Don’t be afraid to take regular breaks when you’re skiing. Take little ones in-between runs, or larger ones for lunchtimes or afternoon snack stops. This will also get you to slow down and appreciate the beautiful surroundings that you are in, instead of whizzing pass them, and taking them for granted.
If you are not entirely confident about tackling something, be it a more difficult run, or a larger than normal cliff drop, then don’t be afraid to give it a miss. It’s always better to be able to ski for your whole holiday rather than injure yourself during and miss out.
Whether you’re skiing in resort, or taking a once in a lifetime heli-skiing holiday always respect the rules. If a run is closed off, it's usually for good reason. Similarly, if a guide tells you to do something, make sure you follow their instructions.
You would have a provision to claim if you have a Winter Sports Pack for unused travel arrangements if you have to cancel your trip or your trip is shortened due to claimable events such as your injury or illness and the fees cannot be recouped from the provider.
We would not be able to provide medical cover for you if you are going against medical advice.
In an emergency, get yourself to hospital. As soon as it's possible, we advise that you or a member of your travelling party call our medical assistance team who will be able to liaise with you or the hospital.
Yes, we provide cover for equipment that you own under our standard Luggage and Personal Effects benefit. Please note that this cover does not extend to when the equipment is in use. Limits apply. Please refer to the PDS for further information.