Skiers heading to Italy will now need winter sports insurance, according to a new law. The travel insurance is usually an optional extra for those visiting winter resorts.
Winter sports insurance is usually an option for those travelling abroad to enjoy the sun and snow. However, skiers or snowboarders caught without it in Italy will face €150 fines and cancellation of their ski pass.
Winter sports insurance covers specific incidents that could happen on holidays. This could be medical expenses arising from an accident on the slopes or lost equipment. Depending on the level of cover, it could also be for cancellation if the piste is closed or you face delays due to avalanches.
Italian law requires winter sports insurance
According to the International Travel & Health Insurance Journal (ITIJ), the text of the new Italian law, says, ‘The skier who uses the alpine ski slopes must have a valid insurance plan that covers his civil liability for damages or injuries caused to third parties.’
Winter sports policies usually cover more than this. However, the new law also stipulates ski area managers should offer civil liability and damage insurance to skiers when they buy their transit permits. The ITIJ says this will cost around €2 to €3 a day. However, you need to bear in mind this won’t cover cancellation, theft, or injury to yourself.
There are 30,000 accidents on Italy’s ski slopes every year, according to the ITIJ. Of those, some 5% require hospital treatment.