Snow has blanketed Australia’s snowfields, perfectly timed for the 2019 ski season.
Understandinsurance.com.au spokesperson Lisa Kable is encouraging visitors travelling to the snow this season to make sure they’ve made some practical preparations for a smooth trip.
Ms Kable says snow resort visitors should ensure their car insurance is up-to-date, and they have checked their home and contents cover before going away. Travel insurance is also worthwhile for ski trips.
“Good falls of snow this season is the upside; slippery mountain roads can be a challenging and dangerous downside,” Ms Kable says.
“Getting to the ski slopes is often a stressful part of a mountain visit, particularly for motorists unfamiliar with alpine driving. Ending up in a ditch beside the road is not a great way to start or finish a snow trip.”
Take some time to ensure your car is ready for mountain conditions:
Ms Kable says snow trips are expensive, and most Australians are not aware that domestic travel insurance policies can help them if the unexpected happens.
“Domestic travel insurance is readily available and important for local ski or snowboarding trips but not usually at the top of the to-do list for most heading away locally,” she says.
“The cost of prepaid transport, accommodation, transfers, lift tickets, lessons and equipment can add up to thousands of dollars. Non-Medicare medical expenses also add up.
“Whether you’re a novice skier or an expert snowboarder, ski travel insurance provides peace of mind should the unexpected happen on a snow trip.”
Domestic travel insurance tips for snow trips:
International travel insurance specifically designed for snow sports is readily available for Australians heading to New Zealand or South America. It is often listed as an add-on to a standard travel insurance policy.
Typical snow sport policies include emergency medical, hospital and ski slope rescue cover, which could set an uninsured traveller back hundreds of thousands of dollars. The inclusion of credit card fraud and replacement, loss of cash, luggage and equipment hire, as well as trip disruption, piste, bad weather and avalanche closure makes a compelling case for buying travel insurance that covers snow sports.
Home protection is important too. Check your home insurance is up-to-date before going on holiday, and ensure door and window locks are secure. Vacant homes are an easy target for thieves. Contact your insurer if you will be away for more than a month; your insurance may not cover you for extended periods.
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