12 Feb

ABTA urges skiers and snowboarders to stay safe on the slopes this half-term

Nearly a third still travel uninsured

ABTA is urging skiers and snowboarders to stay safe on the slopes this half-term. As resorts gear up for one of the busiest weeks of the season; tens of thousands of Britons are expected to head to the slopes next week, with resorts in France, Austria, Switzerland and Italy among the most popular.

Recent tragic incidents have highlighted the need for winter sports holidaymakers to familiarise themselves with safety information before they ski or snowboard.

Mark Tanzer, ABTA Chief Executive said: “Recent heavy snowfalls have created some fantastic conditions and lots of Brits will be looking forward to a great week of skiing, however they should be aware of the potential risks of such activities. Along with following safety advice, purchasing the right level of travel insurance, and checking that annual policies are extended to cover action sports should be a top priority for skiers and snowboarders.”

ABTA has an advice section with winter sports tips and has worked with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office to produce a winter sports checklist for a summary of everything you need to know.

ABTA is reminding people to:

* Consumer research was conducted by Arkenford Ltd (www.arkenford.co.uk) who specialise in tourism and leisure market research. The ABTA Consumer Trends survey generated response from a nationally representative sample of 2001 consumers using an online research methodology and related to holiday booking habits in the 12 months to July 2014. Fieldwork was conducted in July 2014.

** http://www.columbusdirect.com/content/schumachers-accident-having-little-effect-on-winter-sports-fans/