Not much snow? Snow problem for snow bunnies
Though snow is sparse for this weekend’s official start to the Australian ski season, Understand Insurance is encouraging visitors going to the snow to make sure they’re prepared.
Travel insurance expert and understandinsurance.com.au spokesperson Lisa Kable says having the right insurance is important when planning a ski or snowboarding trip.
She says domestic ski travel insurance policies are available for holidaymakers planning ski holidays in Australia or international policies for those heading overseas.
“The good news is that many experts are forecasting a terrific ski season,” she says.
“Buying winter sport specific travel insurance is as natural as packing goggles for most Aussie skiers heading to overseas ski resorts, but many Australians forget that domestic travel insurance policies can help them if something goes wrong on a ski holiday in Australia.
“Snow holidays are expensive – the cost of prepaid transport, accommodation, transfers, lift and lesson tickets and equipment can add up to thousands of dollars. Insurance is there if the unexpected happens. Medical costs overseas can also be crippling.
“Whether you’re a novice skier or an expert snowboarder, ski travel insurance provides peace of mind for your snow holiday.”
Top travel insurance tips for snow holidays:
Not all travel policies automatically include skiing and snowboarding. It’s commonly available as an add-on, which you must choose to include for an additional cost.
Buy your travel insurance when you book your trip. This means you may be covered for unexpected events that force cancellation
It may be party time, but insurers won’t pay claims related to excessive alcohol consumption or the use of illicit or illegal drugs
Snow sports coverage is usually restricted to activities within resort boundaries. If you’re planning to go dog-sledding, cat-skiing, cross-country skiing or off-piste adventuring, check with your insurer. Some specialist products are available