Everything you need to know to travel to the snow to practice skiing

The ski pass, the hotel reservation, check the car, the thermal shirt, the socks… Are you ready to travel to the snow? Do you have doubts about what you may need to enjoy skiing? Today we solve some doubts that may arise to organize a trip to the snow with all the guarantees.

How can I get the ski equipment?

If traveling to the snow is a novelty for you, and you don’t have any equipment, you will have to ask a friend for a favor or rent the material at the resort.

Keep in mind that boots, skis, poles and boards must be in perfect condition when you return them. If your equipment is stolen, or if you accidentally damage part of the equipment, you will have to pay the costs out of your own pocket.

What happens if you have to take the equipment to the laundry and what if it gets damaged? These types of incidents, believe it or not, do happen.

At the time of renting the equipment, if they don’t offer it directly, you can ask for extra insurance to cover some mishaps. Or better yet, you can leave home with an insurance that covers everything, even a claim at the laundry service, and you won’t have any surprises.

Everything you need to know to travel to the snow to practice skiing

Is it better to travel with my own equipment?

To save you mishaps, and to discover this new experience, it seems much more comfortable to travel to the snow with your equipment. Imagine for a moment that you go on a trip, and you decide to buy your own skis, board or suit near the resort. The idea is not to waste time in queues or rentals.

Convenient, isn’t it? Now you just need to make sure your equipment is in perfect condition. If you travel far away and the product you buy is defective, besides losing your smile, you will lose your ski pass.

How do I lose my ski pass? 

Wherever you go, the idea should be to have a margin to enjoy your vacation, or your weekend, without worrying about schedules and delays. But, in real life, if you have paid the ski pass for a specific day and you can’t go down to the slopes, you will lose the amount of the ski pass.

In the best case scenario, either because of a road blockage, because you don’t have your equipment ready or because you have problems at the hotel reception, if you are late for your appointment you will lose the lessons you have booked and the ski pass for that day.

If the slopes are temporarily closed, do I lose my money?

By law, if due to weather conditions, and obviously for safety reasons, the resort is forced to close its slopes, it is not obliged to refund the amount of the ski pass corresponding to that day.

It is not the first resort that, in the face of a blizzard or uncontrolled snowfall, only leaves open a green run. If you, as an expert user, want to enjoy the rest of the facilities, you can consider that day as lost.

And if I have an accident on the slopes, do I also lose the money?

In the same way that for temporary issues, the ski resort will not reimburse you for the days you cannot go down the slopes due to an accident or illness.

If you have to rest due to an injury or flu, and you have paid for a ski pass, whether several days or weekly, you will lose it.

The alternative: once again, full ski and snowboard insurance. If you have been foresighted and have taken out insurance that, in addition to covering all the costs of medical treatment, as well as the travel and accommodation of the companion of your choice, covers the loss of the ski pass.

Then the same thing will happen with the ski lessons?

Yes, indeed. We would be talking about a case identical to the loss of days on the slopes. If you get injured, get sick or arrive late at your destination, you will lose your lessons. In general, classes do not allow last minute cancellations because the instructors have a long but full schedule.

If you do not have insurance to cover the refund of these costs, you will have lost a significant amount of money.

What if I hurt someone while going down the slopes?

Damage to third parties will also be your responsibility.

Most sportsmen, inexperienced and professional, decide to travel to the snow without any insurance.

Their thought is always “nothing will happen”. What they never think about is that they will not be alone on the slopes. It is only when they run into another skier and injure him/her that they remember that they have not taken out liability insurance to cover damages to third parties.

As we already mentioned, all the ambulatory and medical expenses that you need, whether for yourself or for a third party, will be paid by you.

If you want to have the peace of mind of traveling to the nive and have crutches, a sled, an ambulance or a medical team, without paying a fortune for it, we recommend you to take out an insurance with wide coverage in medical assistance.

As in any other accident, such as a road accident or an occupational accident, those affected can take you to court.

In the same way, you could be the plaintiff if you suffer an accident in which the ski resort is responsible for negligence.

You would not be the first to pay the price for poorly maintained ski slopes. The causes range from poor signage, the opening of the slopes when weather conditions are adverse, too little snow to ski safely, the presence of stones or even snow cannons not indicated.

In this case, the legal and juridical support that your insurance can provide you with is priceless, especially at times when your recovery will come first and not the management of paperwork and formalities.

If you have raised some of these doubts before traveling to the snow, and you want to forget about problems, get good ski insurance.



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