Travel insurance: Reckless behaviour could cost skiers freedom on the slopes

Monday, 01 March 2010

Skiers have been warned that reckless behaviour and excessive alcohol consumption could cost them their freedom on the slopes.

Ryan Shorthouse, writing for the Daily Mail, said that carefree behaviour and heavy drinking can be a "toxic mix" when combined with fast downhill skiing.

A quarter of holidaymakers admit to drinking four units directly before skiing, he noted, and the trend for necking gluwein (warm wine) at lunch mean many more accidents in ski resorts occur in the afternoon.

However, skiers can still put themselves and others at risk if they drink alcohol up to 12 hours before hopping on the chairlift, he added.

A recent survey by the Ski Club of Great Britain also revealed more than half of skiers choose to hit the slopes without travel insurance.

Some countries are now considering increased regulations for skiers, such as piste police and speed limits.

But Mr Shorthouse claims the responsibility lies with skiers themselves to preserve fun on the slopes for everyone.

"To defend the freedoms that skiers currently have, skiers are going to have to behave more responsibly," he concluded.

Posted by Claire Carter

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