It’s important to keep safe when involved in winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding, but there's always an element of risk with this kind of activity. You can try to plan for all eventualities, but accidents do happen due to the neglect of others, no matter how prepared you are. If that happens, we are here to help.
Before travelling make sure that your insurance is up to date and covers all activities you’ll be doing. Recent research by the Foreign Office and ABTA found that a third of people who take part in winter sports do so without the appropriate insurance, yet thousands of people suffer injuries both on and off-piste.
Winter sports include but are not limited to:
- Ice skating
- Bobsleigh / skeleton
Examples of winter sports claims
There are many kinds of winter sports accidents and these are just a few example claims:
- Faulty / damaged equipment
- Tour operator / guide negligence
- Other tourists causing injury
- Injuries sustained on ski lifts
Ways to help your claim and yourself following an accident
Your immediate priority will be to seek treatment for any injury you have suffered. However there are a number of steps you can take to help support your case for compensation following a winter sports accident, they include:
- Seek medical advice as soon as possible to make sure you are treated appropriately and in order to record your injuries.
- Take pictures of where the incident occurred in order to document any issues, if possible.
- Photograph any cuts, swelling or bruising caused by the incident.
- Take the contact details of any witnesses and people involved in the accident and any relevant insurance details.
- Make sure the hotel / resort documents the accident and take copies if possible.
If you haven't managed to do all of the above, don’t worry, we can still help you. As soon as you return to the UK you should think about contacting us to discuss your potential claim. One of our legally qualified advisors will guide you through the entire claims process.
Your immediate priority should be to seek treatment for any injury you have suffered. However, in most cases claims are limited to three years, but can be as little as one year depending on the country in which the accident occurred, so it is important to contact us as soon as possible.
To help you keep safe while having fun in the cold, we’ve put together some tips to help you prevent accidents:
- Keep an eye out for any damaged equipment
- Be aware of any potential hazards such as getting too close to the skier in front
- Don’t go beyond your abilities
- Protect yourself with the correct equipment, for example knee pads and helmets
- Watch the weather as a change in conditions can have serious effects – be aware of any avalanche risks
- Take regular breaks
- Make sure you are in a safe condition to take part in activities, as alcohol contributes towards a number of accidents on the slopes.