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Skiing over Christmas?

If you are planning a skiing break over Christmas and want to know where your £ will stretch further the Post Office have helpfully issued their annual Family Ski Resort Report.
The good news for our medical conditions travel insurance customers is prices have dropped considerably in the last 2 years, with resort equipment and living costs dropping by 4% to 20%.  The cheapest resort overall for equipment and living costs is Bansko in Bulgaria, which is 124% cheaper than the most expensive resort in Europe, Nendaz in Switzerland.  Low prices in Bulgaria have helped it grab a 4% share of the ski market, this is from a standing start just a couple of years ago.
One place where you shouldn’t look to cut corners on a skiing holiday is travel insurance, particularly if you have a medical condition.  You should always ensure you purchase a specific winter sports policy, which will give you extra cover for things such as ski equipment and mountain rescue, you can also purchase travel insurance for medical conditions which includes winter sports cover.   If you are planning off piste skiing, snowboarding and the like, check the wordings of the policy you are buying to make sure it is covered, if it’s not covered you can sometimes pay a small additional premium to include cover.
The only problem on the horizon with booking a skiing break over Christmas in 2011 seems to be the lack of snow this year.  We have all enjoyed the unseasonably warm start to winter this year and the usually miserable long month of November has flown by with more blue skies than gray.  This weather has also been replicated in the ski resorts across Europe causing a lack of snow which has resulted in a very slow start to the ski season.


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