AA finds 18% of winter sports travellers have no insurance

Thursday, February 9th 2012
One-fifth of people taking snow holidays 'are uninsured'
The AA has warned that a fifth of people taking skiing and snowboarding holidays have no travel insurance.

One-fifth of holidaymakers jetting off on winter sports breaks this half-term do not have travel insurance in place, according to new research.

AA Travel Insurance found 18 per cent of people taking a winter holiday do not purchase this form of cover, while only 34 per cent of those that do take out protection bother to check whether the package is suitable for their needs.

With more than one million people taking snow holidays each winter, the AA warned that as many as 200,000 travellers are uninsured.

Previous research from the organisation revealed 11 per cent of holidaymakers believe a European Health Insurance Card can be used as a travel insurance substitute.

Alan Purvis, director of AA Travel Insurance, explained: "The card can't be relied upon to meet all your medical costs. It certainly wouldn't meet the £20 per minute cost of a helicopter rescue off the mountainside."

According to Barclays, the average cost of treating a broken leg in Europe is £1,100.

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