Off-piste and Back Country Skiing
If you are planning on travelling overseas and you need off-piste and back country skiing travel insurance, look no further than travel insurance saver. It can be difficult to find good snow cover when you are browsing for insurance online. Travel insurance saver offers off-piste and back country skiing on both the international comprehensive policy and the annual-multi trip policy.
Note: All snow cover policies does not include cover for heliskiing.
You will be covered if you snowboard or ski away from conventional ski runs on your holiday, however, you will not be covered if you traverse an area that has a ‘no skiing or snowboarding’ warning.
Medical cover with snow cover
If you have a pre-existing medical condition you must apply for medical cover as you purchase your policy. If a medical condition is aggravated by your participation in a sporting activity you may be inhibited from receiving full medical coverage unless you have applied for cover for a pre-existing medical condition.
Off-piste skiing is an adventurous way to see a country. One might feel like James Bond skiing down the slopes of some great icy mountain in a foreign country, especially when you are away from all the crowds. Do not get too carried away though, you are not in a film, and it is important that you purchase the necessary travel insurance and snow cover to ensure that your ski trip is smooth and uninhibited.
Where in the world?
Of course, some of the best places in the world to ski include Japan, New Zealand, Central Europe, Canada and the USA. With your international comprehensive travel insurance policy, you have the ability to travel uninhibited around the world on a premium insurance plan, while taking the extra option of having snow cover. Off-piste travel insurance will allow you to maximize your skiing holiday and have the time of your life.
Snow Cover Travel Insurance
If you are travelling overseas and planning on skiing or snowboarding, you will need to tick the additional ‘snow cover’ extra; check our snow cover travel insurance page. Off-piste skiing is the skiing or snowboarding outside of traditional skiing/snowboarding areas, so away from a ski run.
This is also known as back country skiing. You should not back country or off-piste ski if you are not an experienced skier/snowboarder, your chances of running into trouble are increased as you usually have to ski and snowboard around trees.
Terminology and Advice
There are some different terms when it comes to skiing, traditionally off-piste refers to skiing in remote areas, not within ski area boundaries. This contrasts to front country, which is where you will likely find ski runs, ski lifts and other people skiing. You should always have a high level of ski/snowboarding experience when you go back country and have good equipment. Always ski with somebody else, and let friends know where you are heading. You should also have a way to contact people in case you become injured in the back country.
When you look for off-piste skiing online, you will be presented with a lot of different options to choose from. It is important that you check and compare altitude limits for different off-piste and back country skiing travel insurance policies.
Back-Country Skiing Caution
Back country skiing carries certain dangers, such as become lost, become exhausted, or facing avalanches. Despite having travel insurance, you must always be prepared for dangerous events, and keep your common sense about you. Take proper safety precautions when back country skiing, and always keep your travel insurance details handy in case you need to refer to them in an emergency situation.
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