Saturday, 19 March 2016

Aids for safe skiing

TO help safety-conscious skiers plan ahead. Airport Parking & Hotels has created a guide comparing safety regulations at some of the world's most popular resorts.

The research compares regulations and insurance options at 14 #ski resorts, including Breckenridge in Colorado, 3 Vallees in France, and Verbier in Switzerland, and looks at call-out costs for skiing accidents.

Ski insurance policies vary between each resort, with 12 of the 14 resorts included in the research offering specific cover options for visitors. French resorts including Chamonix, La Plagne, and Les Deux Alps provide the Carte Neige Insurance from £29 to £44, which covers medical and rescue fees for on and off-piste skiing and immediate replacement of lost lift passes. Alternatively, Verbier in Switzerland offer Snow Assist insurance for £3 per day or £66 per season, which covers refunds for rescue costs, ski rentals, lift passes, and skiing lessons.

Three of the resorts – La Plagne, St Moritz in Switzerland, and Valle d'Aosta in Italy – charge a call-out rescue fee. The fee varies from £140 at Valle d'Aosta to £569 at La Plagne. In Vail, Colorado, fees apply when a traveller has to be taken to hospital by ambulance, whereas rescues are free across the Mont Blanc Massif in France unless an airlift has to be arranged.

The Italian resort Cortina d'Ampezzo has the 'SkiCortina' app including the resorts' essential telephone numbers and ski slope details as well as displaying any risk of avalanches.

The research can be found in the Know Before You Go section of the APH website at

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