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Winter Sports Insurance

Stay stress-free on the slopes with our winter sports cover, up to £500 safety net.

If you’re too ill or injured to use hired gear, lift passes or ski lessons

Protect your equipment

Up to £1k if your winter sports equipment is lost, stolen or damaged

5 Star rated cover

Our Platinum Travel Insurance has Defaqto’s highest rating

What’s winter sports insurance?

Winter sports insurance (or winter sports cover) financially protects you and your equipment if anything goes wrong on your skiing or winter sports holiday.

As well as the cover from your core travel insurance, you’ll also have protection for things like lost or damaged gear, piste closure and costs for hired equipment you’re too ill or injured to use.

If you’re going on a winter sports trip, you need to add this specialist cover when buying your regular travel insurance policy. You won’t be covered without it.

Covid-19 - what our travel insurance covers

Our travel insurance now covers you for certain events related to Coronavirus (COVID-19), provided you have proof of a positive Covid-19 test and your cover is active at the time of the event.

What we cover

We provide cover for some costs related to Covid-19: please see Section 1 'emergency medical costs and repatriation' and Section 2 'cancelling or cutting short your trip' in your policy book for full details on what's covered.

We'll cover you if:

  • you were diagnosed with Covid-19 before your trip was due to start
  • a close relative died or became seriously ill as a result of Covid-19 before your trip was due to start
  • you weren't allowed to board your pre-booked outbound travel due to symptoms of Covid-19
  • an insured person or a close relative died during the trip because of Covid-19
  • you couldn't take part in an excursion due to you self-isolating after getting Covid-19

What we don’t cover

You won't be covered if:

  • you had reason to believe your trip may be cancelled, postponed or cut short when you booked it, purchased your policy or started your trip
  • any government or public authority imposes travel restrictions or quarantine on a community, location, or vessel because of Covid-19 (this includes, but is not limited to, local lockdowns, entry requirements, being denied entry and airspace closures)
  • you have to quarantine after arriving in the UK or abroad
  • the Foreign Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) change their advice to avoid ‘all travel’ or ‘all but essential travel’ to your destination because of Covid-19

For more information about how Coronavirus (COVID-19) affects your travel cover, see our FAQ page . And remember to check the policy booklet carefully before you buy to make sure our cover meets your needs.

Do I need ski travel insurance?

Adventure sports and winter sports are often not covered by a standard travel policy, so you may need to get specialist cover – like Admiral's Winter Sports Upgrade.

Not only will you get the standard protection against:

  • Lost or stolen luggage
  • Medical treatment expenses
  • Cancellation cover

You're also covered for:

  • Lost, stolen or damaged ski equipment
  • Piste closure
  • Delays caused by avalanche

If you're only planning on skiing once a year, Admiral's single trip cover with the Winter Sports add-on may suit you.

If you want annual ski travel insurance for more than one break in the season, take a look at our annual cover with the Winter Sports add on. This would cover you for every holiday you take in a year, up to 31 days per trip. However, bear in mind you can only do a maximum of 21 days of winter sports throughout the year in total during the policy term .

What's covered by ski travel insurance?

Whether you’re an experienced skier or a nervous beginner, you can enjoy your trip knowing you don’t have to worry about having the right cover in place.

You can choose from three levels of cover to suit your budget and needs:

Is my equipment protected with travel insurance?

Sports equipment isn't often covered by standard travel insurance policies. If you're insured with Admiral, you just need to add our Winter Sports upgrade to your travel insurance to get protection against damage to your own, or hired, equipment.

You'll be covered up to a maximum of £1,000 for your equipment (depending on the level of cover you choose.)

We also pay up to £25 (per complete 24 hours) towards the cost of hiring replacements (up to a maximum £250 per person), if yours is delayed more than 12 hours following your arrival at your destination or is lost, stolen or damaged during your trip.

Our ski and snowboarding insurance upgrade will help you out if an unforeseen slope closure happens during your break (pistes must closed for more than 24 hours) and protects against delays caused by an avalanche (cover limits apply).

What's classed as a winter sport?

Winter sports insurance gives protection for you to enjoy a whole host of activities on your holiday including:

  • Piste skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Glacier walking/trekking
  • Tobogganing

Please check your policy document for a complete list of all activities we cover.

Travel insurance covering off-piste skiing

Our winter sports insurance add-on covers adventurous off-piste skiers and boarders as long as it’s on recognised paths within resort boundaries and accompanied by a qualified guide or instructor.

Ski insurance - Europe

Any skier and snowboarder will know there are incredible resorts to hit the slopes around the world, but in 2018, Europe was hit with unprecedented amounts of snow and saw many popular resorts opening the lifts early. The glacier pistes of Val-d'Isère opened in June.

So if you want to check out what Europe has to offer – and there's a lot – you'll need to select our European Travel Insurance with the Winter Sports add-on. You'll be covered in all the top resorts such as France's Meribel, Val, La Plagne, and Courchevel, Italy's Cervinia and Zermatt in Switzerland to name a few.

Ski insurance - Canada and America

If the powdery slopes of Canada or America are calling you, you'll need worldwide cover , with the winter add on.

Ski insurance - Japan

Our final cover zone is worldwide excluding USA, Canada & Caribbean, so if Japan is taking your fancy – Niseko is often touted as a powder hound's paradise – this option with winter sports insurance added will get you onto the mountains with the right cover in place.

What happens if my skiing or snowboarding holiday is cancelled?

Depending on the level of cover you choose for your ski or snowboarding insurance – Admiral, Admiral Gold or Admiral Platinum – you could get up to £5,000 to cover the costs of your trip, in the unfortunate event of it being cancelled for any of the following reasons:

  • Death, illness, injury or complications of pregnancy or childbirth of you, your travel companion, close relative, close business associate or anyone outside your home area you planned to stay with
  • Court cases and quarantine if you or your travel companion, or anyone outside your home area you planned to stay with, is quarantined, called for jury service or as a witness and a court official refuses to postpone
  • Unemployment if you or your travelling companion is made redundant from the company you’ve worked at continuously for at least two years
  • Armed forces and emergency services if you or your travel companion has authorised leave cancelled due to an unexpected emergency
  • Home damage you or your travel companion have to stay at home if it’s seriously damaged by a fire, storm or flood or is burgled within seven days of your departure
  • Passport or visa your passport or visa is stolen in a burglary at your home in the seven days before your departure and you’re unable to get a replacement in time

What if I have a pre-existing condition?

A pre-existing condition is a short or long term illness or injury you have or have had before you buy travel insurance. This includes having symptoms, tests, diagnosis or medical treatment for a condition.

You can declare your pre-existing conditions during the quote process to see if we can offer cover. If you’re unsure what needs to be declared or if you're unable to find your condition on the medical conditions list, please contact us on 0333 234 9913.

Your pre-existing conditions won’t be covered unless you’ve:

  • Declared them all on your policy
  • Received written confirmation that we’ll cover your medical condition
  • Paid any additional premium in full

Policy terms and conditions apply. Please note, if you’ve had a positive diagnosis of Covid-19 and been prescribed medication, received treatment, or had a consultation with a doctor or hospital specialist for any medical condition in the past two years, this needs to be declared on your policy.

If you don’t tell us about your pre-existing conditions or give us incorrect information, your policy may be invalid, and we may refuse all or part of any claim you submit.

For a quote with us, click the green button above.

The MoneyHelper directory

If you require cover for more serious medical conditions, MoneyHelper may be able to help you find specialist travel insurance through their medical directory.

If you wish to get in touch with them you can call them on 0800 138 7777 or find them online . (Monday to Friday 8:00-18:00, closed on Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays.)

How do I get a quote?

You can call 0333 234 9913 for an Admiral Travel Insurance quote and ask to add on Winter Sports insurance upgrade, or you can buy online and select 'Winter Sports Upgrade'.

Your questions answered

We're sure you'll love our great products but maybe you have a few questions. You can find answers in this section.

Do you need winter sports insurance for trips to Lapland?

If you plan on taking part in any of the activities listed above, such as husky sledge driving, you will need to add the upgrade onto your Admiral Travel Insurance policy

Are there any age restrictions for ski insurance?

We don’t offer the upgrade to anyone over 75 years old for trips within Europe and over 70 years old for trips outside of Europe.

Am I covered to ski or board off-piste?

You can go off-piste provided you go with a qualified guide or instructor and remain on recognised paths, within resort boundaries

Does winter sports cover me anywhere in the world?

Admiral Travel Insurance covers the UK, Europe and Worldwide - but there are places that we don't cover.

Your travel insurance won't cover you if you visit somewhere the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) advises not to. Information from the FCDO can be found at www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice or by calling 020 7008 1500 .

What's covered if the piste closes?

We'll pay up to £20 per 24 hours for each day the pistes and ski lifts are closed in your resort due to lack of snow or bad weather (up to a maximum of £200). This can be used to cover travel expenses to the next open resort or to compensate you if there are no slopes nearby.

Are all winter sports covered?

Our Winter Sports Upgrade covers the following activities: cross country skiing, dry slope skiing and snowboarding, glacier walking/trekking, husky sledge driving, ice hockey, mono-skiing, snowmobiles, sledging, snowshoeing and tobogganing. If you want to take part in an activity not on the list please call us on 0333 234 9913 to discuss.

Am I covered if I’m injured on the slopes and not wearing a helmet?

You won't be covered for any head injuries that happen on your winter sports holiday if you weren't wearing a helmet. We always recommend wearing a helmet for winter sports.

Are lift passes covered?

Unused lift passes due to illness or injury are covered but you can't claim for lost or stolen lift passes

Is mountain and helicopter rescue included?

Yes, our add-on covers mountain and helicopter rescue in the event of injury or illness; search and rescue isn't covered.

Do under 18s need ski insurance?

Yes they do, you can add a child onto a parent or guardian's cover. Take a look at our Family Travel Insurance page for more information.

Can seasonaires buy the winter sports upgrade?

While there's no restriction on seasonaires buying our cover, the add-on's limited to 21 days in total so we couldn't cover a seasonaire for the entire season.

What’s the age limit on winter sports cover?

We cover people up to and including 75 years old in Europe, or 70 years old everywhere else.

What does winter sports travel insurance cover?

Our winter sports travel insurance upgrade covers:

  • Delay caused by avalanche
  • Replacement equipment hire

You’ll also get all the benefits of the standard travel insurance you bought – our winter sports upgrade gives you extra cover for when you’re skiing or snowboarding.

Can I take out a family winter sports insurance policy?

Absolutely – we offer family holiday insurance for families living at the same address. This can be parents, step-parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and children under 18.

You can add up to two adults and a maximum of five children to the cover. Simply add on our winter sports upgrade for cover on the slopes.

Do I need travel insurance for skiing in Bulgaria?

Yes you’ll need to add our winter sports upgrade onto our European Travel Insurance for any skiing holidays in Bulgaria.

Do I have Personal accident and Personal liability for my Winter sports trip activities?

We cover personal accident up to the policy limits and personal liability cover up to £3 million, for winter sports activities listed in the winter sports cover section of our policy wording except Snowmobile/Ski-Doos which excludes personal accident and personal liability cover. Please note, this cover cannot be added to the Snowmobile/Ski-Doos activity for an additional premium.

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Off to one of the destinations below? Take a look at our guides for some hints and tips on what you need to remember.

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Whether you're travelling solo, with your family, or with a little one on the way, read our guides to make sure our cover is right for you.

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Whether you want the adrenaline rush of a skiing holiday, or fancy taking to the seas on a cruise, you'll need to add extra cover to your policy.

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Winter Sports Travel Insurance

  • Unlimited access to HealthHero - our 24/7 video or telephone GP helpline based in the UK.
  • Providing cover if your ski equipment is damaged, stolen, lost or destroyed on your trip. This includes equipment you own and equipment you’ve hired.
  • Covering the cost of extra transport and accommodation if you cannot reach your destination or get back home because of an avalanche.
  • Protection against the closure of ski lifts, ski schools and piste at your resort due to weather.

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What is Winter Sports and Ski insurance? 

What does our winter sports & ski travel insurance cover.

With our ski insurance add-on, you receive the same level of protection you get with our standard travel insurance policies, but with additional cover for unique risks associated with winter sports. You can add winter sports cover to your policy to protect yourself and your equipment when taking part in sports like skiing and snowboarding.

With our ski travel insurance, you get all the great benefits of our Silver or Gold policies, depending on which level of winter sports insurance cover you choose. You can choose either a Single Trip policy, an Annual policy or a Backpacker   policy, depending on how you travel. These policies will include cover for:

  • Cancelling or curtailing your trip
  • Emergency medical and associated expenses
  • Loss of passport*
  • Delayed personal possessions
  • Lost, stolen or damaged personal possessions*
  • Loss of personal money*
  • Personal accident cover
  • Missed departures
  • Delayed departures
  • Personal liability
  • Legal expenses
  • End-supplier failure**

We no longer be offer travel insurance policies to cover people's pre-existing medical conditions. This is only a temporary measure due to the improvements we are making to our online booking engine. Please keep an eye on the Allianz Assistance website in the future so you are aware when we are able to offer this additional cover again.

Our Winter Sports and Ski add-on gives you even more cover. In addition to the above, you’ll be protected against:

  • Avalanche closure: We’ll cover the cost of extra transport and accommodation (up to your payment limit) if you cannot reach your destination or get back home because of an avalanche.
  • Ski-pack costs: If you have to cancel your trip, cut it short or you cannot ski due to injury or illness, we’ll cover your ski-pack costs up to the amount shown in your policy documents. This includes the cost of hired ski equipment, ski-school fees and lift passes.
  • Delayed ski equipment: We’ll provide cover for alternative ski equipment if yours is stolen or delayed for more than 12 hours from when you arrive at your destination.
  • Ski equipment: We’ll provide cover if your ski equipment is damaged, stolen, lost or destroyed on your trip. This includes equipment you own and equipment you’ve hired.
  • Piste closure: If the ski lifts and ski schools at your resort are closed because of the weather, we’ll pay up to the amount shown in your schedule for the cost of extra transport or lift passes to let you ski or snowboard at another resort; or as compensation if no other resort is available.
  • *Not available with Bronze level cover
  • **Only available with Gold level cover
  • Terms and Conditions apply.  

Our Winter Sports & Ski add-on gives you even more cover

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When you head away on a skiing or winter sports holiday, you’ll likely encounter risks that you wouldn’t on a regular trip; these things aren’t usually covered by a standard travel insurance policy.

But, with specialist winter sports travel insurance, you’re covered against things like piste closure, avalanches and emergency medical expenses. Plus, your equipment is covered, so there’s no need to worry about it getting lost or damaged.

Whether you’re taking on the thrill of a Black Run in Klosters or snowboarding in Whistler, our winter sports insurance covers you, so you can test your skills or learn a new hobby with confidence.

The best winter sports insurance policies cover you for far more than just skiing. When you purchase our Winter Sports and Ski add-on, you’ll be covered for the following activities – providing that you’re not taking part as a professional, or as part of a race or competition:

  • Bigfoot skiing
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Glacier skiing
  • Mono-skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowblading
  • Tobogganing

Please note that off-piste skiing and snowboarding are only covered by our winter sports travel insurance policies when you are skiing within the ski-area boundaries of a recognised ski resort, and following ski-patrol guidelines.

Whether you’re looking for travel insurance for skiing in France or somewhere further afield, at Allianz Assistance, we’ve got you covered.

If you’re looking for travel insurance for skiing in Europe, select the European country you're travelling to for our Single Trip cover.

For our Annual policy, you should choose our ‘Europe’ cover. This means you’re covered in the European countries listed in our policy documents, so you’ll get to enjoy some of the most popular places in the world for a winter sports break – like St. Moritz in Switzerland, Borovets in Bulgaria and Chamonix in France.

If you choose ‘Worldwide (excluding USA and Canada)’, the area of cover is anywhere in the world except the USA and Canada. This is a great option if you’re looking to travel to some of the world’s most impressive resorts, like the four ski resorts within an easy drive of Queenstown, New Zealand. If you prefer, you can even take a holiday to Niseko in Japan, which is widely regarded as being one of the snowiest places on the planet. 

If you choose ‘Worldwide (including USA and Canada)’, the area of cover is any country in the world, so you can explore far-flung ski resorts like Whistler Blackcomb in Canada. 

Although the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) can currently help to protect you on your break, it doesn’t offer comprehensive cover.

For example, neither your EHIC nor your GHIC will cover the cost of medical treatment in a private hospital, mountain rescue or repatriation to the UK. As a result, if you don’t have winter sports cover and you have an accident in a ski resort, you’ll have to pay for mountain rescue and repatriation to a UK hospital, which could cost tens of thousands of pounds. 

We’re sure that you’ll take all possible precautions before you hit the slopes, but unfortunately accidents do still happen. So, before you embark on your winter sports holiday, you should pack your EHIC or GHIC and consider taking out travel insurance too. This way, even if something does go wrong, you’re covered. 

Winter sports safety tips

Taking part in winter sports like skiing and snowboarding comes with some risks, so make sure you take steps to prevent accidents on the slopes.

  • Wear a helmet - Protect yourself from serious head injuries when taking part in winter sports, many ski resorts make helmets mandatory for these activities
  • Wear appropriate clothing - You'll want to invest in a good waterproof ski jacket and trousers to keep you warm enough and to help you stay dry when you land in the snow.
  • Stay in the roped areas - Going outside of the designated resort boundaries can put you at risk of getting lost or caught in an avalanche, especially if you're inexperienced.
  • Wear sunscreen - Though most of your body will be covered, you'll want to avoid the dreaded skier's sunburn on your face so be sure to keep topping up the sun lotion for any exposed areas.

How to ensure you have the right cover

Does your bank or credit card company provide cover.

Many bank accounts and credit cards come with some level of travel insurance cover. While some may be comprehensive, they may not cover you for everything you have planned whilst you’re away, particularly if you have adventurous plans or unusual excursions booked. 

Make sure you look into the travel insurance policy that you have before every trip, to make sure it’s suitable for you and your plans.

Purchasing a holiday using a credit card means you are often protected by Consumer Protection cover. In most cases, it allows you to get your money returned to you if your provider defaults and you cannot travel.

Are you covered by ABTA or ATOL?

If you have booked a holiday through a tour operator or travel agent, it may be worth checking if you are covered by ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents) or ATOL (Air Travel Organiser’s License). This type of cover means that your package holiday is protected if, for example, the travel company providing your holiday arrangements or the travel agent themselves fail financially or close down.

Your travel agents will be able to tell you if your holiday is ABTA or ATOL protected. Alternatively, use the links provided to check your cover at home.

What is an EHIC or GHIC and what can it offer you?

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Policy documents

You'll need your policy number to submit your claim to us. This is available in your certificate of insurance which is sent to you when you take out cover. 

It's a good idea to take your policy information with you on your trip so you can provide us with all the necessary details in order for us to help.

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Once we receive your claim, it'll be assessed by our experienced team. 

To speed up the assessment of your claim please make sure to include all applicable information and evidence such as receipts, booking confirmations, hotel reservations and crime reference numbers. If you fail to provide all the necessary information this will cause a delay in processing your claim. 

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Once our team has assessed your claim we'll be in touch with you via your preferred contact method to confirm the outcome and inform you of any next steps.

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If you have a pre-existing medical condition that we are unable cover under our own policies, you may be able to obtain an alternative travel insurance policy through one of the providers  featured in the MoneyHelper  directory  of specialist travel insurance providers for people with serious medical conditions. Do take time to study and compare the terms and conditions to ensure you have the cover you need. To contact the Money Advice Service for further details of the directory

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A GUIDE TO OBTAINING A QUOTE and PRE QUOTE INFORMATION -  questions answered

please ensure you select the correct activity level  for the sports you are insuring and that you insure the full duration of your trip from the UK including departure and return dates on your Snowcard policy - for downhill skiing you will need at least Adventure Plus or Max Adventure for snowboarding

If you have any questions or need guidance on selecting your policy - email [email protected]

N.B. Insurance policies available from this website can only be used by UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man residents.

Levels of cover

Please start typing your activity in the box below. You are covered for all activities in the level you select and those in lower levels. If you are taking part in multiple activities, make sure you select the highest level that will cover all of your activities.

What is your most extreme activity?

Please check our full activity levels information table - if you cant find a match for your activity - let us know so we can add it.

IMPORTANT - for downhill skiing , you will need at least the Adventure Plus level of cover, do not select Adventure Basic for on and off piste skiing or snowboarding.

If you are taking part in an activity that might be considered out of the ordinary or you are travelling to unusual or remote destinations , please refer full details before proceeding and we will confirm if your trip can be covered.

Annual multi-trip insurance

Cancellation cover (if selected) starts when you book each trip or on the start date entered here and shown on your Insurance Schedule, if this is later. Cover under all other sections of the policy begins when you leave home to go on a trip and ends when you return home from that trip.  The start and finish dates of the trip must fall within the 12 month period of insurance. For trips booked during the 12 month period and that start after the end of the 12 month period, we will provide cancellation cover until the policy ends. Please note that annual multi-trip policies can not be purchased more than 2 months in advance of the policy start date and must be purchased in the UK before departure of your first trip. Cancellation cover commences from the policy start date you specify here.

Single trip limits

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Single trip policies

You must insure the full duration of your trip and purchase your insurance before departing from the UK. If you have an annual policy with another insurer and you require higher risk cover with Snowcard for a short duration only, we CANNOT help topping up another insurers policy. You must insure your full trip duration with Snowcard for your policy to be valid.

If you select cancellation cover, it takes effect from the date of policy purchase until your departure date. The insurance for personal belongings, equipment and techno pack (if shown on your Insurance Schedule) is only valid if you have insured the whole duration of each individual trip and starts when you depart from the UK. If you have a Snowcard annual multi trip policy at a lower level of cover, you can purchase single trip top up cover  (medical and emergency expenses only) at a higher level for short durations.

The age band selected must be that of the person who is the lead insured name or the oldest person in the family or group. If a group member is older than 56+, it will be cheaper for the group if the older traveller is insured seperately. For persons aged over 75 contact  https://www.biba.org.uk  for advice.

For annual multi trip policies, use the age band applicable on the policy start date. For single trip policies, use the age band applicable on the date of departure.

Please note a family is 1 or 2 adults and up to 4 children up to the age of 18 – a couple is 2 persons married or living together as married – a group is 2 or more persons travelling together on the same holiday. 

To insure a minor <18 travelling alone, the parent must register their details but insert the name and age of the child when prompted to enter the name of the person to be insured.

The winter sports activities we cover are listed below. If you can not see the winter sports activity you are taking part in,  please email  with details and we will advise if cover can be provided.

Please note all policy levels include  serach and rescue  including helicopter and air ambulance costs.

Adventure Basic

Cross country lauglauf skiing on marked resprt trails

Adventure Plus

Cross country langlauf skiing away from resort trails

Skiing on and off piste with or without a guide on marked resort runs and unpisted trails on resort ski area maps

Snow shoeing on marked resort trails

Max Adventure

Cross country langlauf ski marathon amateur events

Snowboarding - on and off piste with or without a guide on marked resort runs and unpisted trails on resort ski area maps

Ski touring (ascending using skins) - back country skiing or snowboarding including telemark, skidoo, snowcat or helicopter skiing

Heli and snowcat skiing

Split boarding - back country touring

Snow shoeing away from marked resort trails

Extreme Adventure

Pipe and park freestyle skiing and snowboarding (but excluding competitions)

Ski touring (pulling pulks) - commercially guided tours only

Ski mountaineering - alpine ascents using mountaineering equipment (European destinations only)

Pro Adventure

Ski mountaineering - alpine ascents using mountaineering equipment (Worldwide destinations)

Ski touring (pulling pulks) - unguided - you must provide full details of the trip for acceptance before proceeding

Activities covered:  click here  for full list

Winter sports travel insurance .

Snowcard are renowned for providing the best specialist winter travel insurance. In fact, we've been providing what we regard to be the best winter sports holiday insurance cover since 1990, which today makes us one of the UK's leading specialists for skiing and snowboarding travel insurance. Discover our winter sport insurance today!

Our winter sports policies cover a wide range of wintersports including on and off piste  skiing  and  snowboarding travel insurance . 

Snowcard winter sport cover is completely flexible and puts you in control providing you with the option to customise your own policy and choose sums insured for your very own unique winter sports holiday insurance.

Wherever in the world your winter adventure may take you, with winter sports travel insurance from Snowcard you can enjoy your holiday safe in the knowledge that you'll have 24-hour access to one of the best emergency assistance services available in the UK. Purchase your winter sport insurance form Snowcard today.

Is Standard Travel Insurance With Winter Sports Cover Enough?

If you’re considering taking standard travel insurance including winter sports cover, then be aware that standard winter sports cover may not always be appropriate when it comes to providing cover specifically for on and off piste winter sports activities. Most standard travel policies including those provided free with bank accounts severely restrict or limit off piste skiing and snowboarding. With a Snowcard winter sports insurance, you can rest assured you are covered by experts who have been insuring skiers and snowboarders for over 30 years. All Snowcard policies include search and rescue as standard.

Winter Sports Safety Tips

Skiing, snowboarding, and all winter sports are regarded as being accessible holiday options for anyone, but they are dangerous sports with increased risks of injury. However, whether you are a novice going on your first adventure, or a seasoned professional there are safety tips which you should never ignore. We recommend reading  10 Rules for Conduct  compiled by the International Ski Federation for more information.

Remember, be safe when you hit the slopes and enjoy your adventure with winter sports travel insurance from Snowcard. 

If you would like to find out further information about our winter sports holiday insurance then please get in touch. We offer a variety of different insurances for skiing and snowboarding, water sports, climbing and mountaineering. You can get in touch with us by using our contact form or by email . We would be more than happy to answer any queries you may have about our winter sport insurance. 

What Winter Sports Insurance Do I Need?

At Snowcard we have our own unique specialist winter sports travel insurance suitable for a wide range of different winter sports activities.

We offer specialist cover for the following activities:

  • Dog sledging
  • Pipe and park freestyle skiing and snowboarding
  • Skiing - on and off piste with or without a guide
  • Ski-biking and ski bobbing
  • Ski touring           
  • Heli-skiing
  • Ski mountaineering
  • Snowboarding - on and off piste with or without a guide
  • Snowmobiling
  • Tobogganing

 Please view our comprehensive list of  activities covered  for more information.  

Why Use a Specialist Winter Sport Travel Insurance Provider?

Winter sports activities like skiing, snowboarding, and mountaineering are high risk sports with variable hazards increasing risks of injury.

A specialist winter sports travel insurance provider will cover you for a wide range of activities that will not always be covered by a standard travel insurance policy. Beware, the EHIC does not provide the same protection as a specialist winter sports policy. Most expenses incurred in winter sports resorts are privately charged and must be paid for at the point of delivery. Snowcard will guarantee these costs for you.

Low cost standard winter sports policies will not provide you with adequate cover for on and off piste winter sports activities. A specialist Snowcard policy will offer you the protection you need, a service that has been tried and tested for 30 years with a claims service geared up to respond in a crisis with 24-hour assistance from International Medical Rescue.

What Does Winter Sports Insurance Cover?

Snowcard polices are tailored so that you have protection specific to your needs, our specialist winter sports travel insurance includes cover for:

  • Emergency Medical Expenses & Repatriation including heli-rescue and air ambulance cover – this core cover is included with all Snowcard policies.

Also includes:

  • Personal Liability
  • Personal Accident

Optional cover – with policy limits tailored to match your needs:

  • Personal Belongings
  • Winter Sports Equipment
  • Techno pack – for cameras and electronics
  • Travel Delays
  • Missed Departure
  • Travel Disruption
  • Piste Closure

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What is Winter Sports Travel Insurance?

Winter Sports travel insurance policies have been designed to cover people travelling out on a skiing or snow boarding holiday and gives you that extra cover for that expensive equipment or compensation should your resort be closed due to lack of snow (please see terms and conditions). Winter Sports Travel Insurance is also referred to as ski travel insurance or snowboarding travel insurance.

The cheapest winter sports policy is € (based on 1 adult aged up to 50 travelling in Europe for up to 8 days).

Winter Sports Travel Insurance Key Benefits

  • Accidental loss theft or damage to your own or hired ski equipment - €500 in total
  • Daily benefit if your equipment is lost stolen or damaged in transit - €20 per day
  • Benefit payment if your resort is closed for more than 12 hours - €200 in total
  • Cover for unused ski pass following illness, injury or loss of pass - €400 in total
  • Emergency Rescue (including helicopter rescue if medically necessary)
  • Emergency Medical Expenses and Repatriation - up to €10,000,000 in total .

The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) / Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC) provides some emergency healthcare within the EU, but it does not cover Repatriation costs, or a doctor or nurse escort home; nor lost or stolen property. You need Travel Insurance for that.

If you plan to participate in any Winter Sports Activities, you need to purchase Winter Sports cover, or an Annual Multi Trip Policy with an individual ‘trip duration’ minimum of 45 days (as this will give you 17 days free Winter Sports Cover). See our list of Winter Sports Activities below to check that they cover everything that you plan to do.

From the Alps and Dolomites to British Columbia and Alberta - our policies will cover your ski holiday in any part of the world.

Winter sports insurance cover can be purchased as a Single trip up to the age of 70 years or if you purchase an Annual Multi-Trip policy with a 45 day trip duration, you get 17 days free Winter Sports cover for people aged up to 65 years and 17 days free cover in European areas for those aged between 66-70 yrs.

Please Review the included Winter Sports activities below:

Skiing and snowboarding on and off-piste (off-piste must be within resort boundaries);

Please note restrictions apply to the activities listed below:

The following activities:.

  • Are not covered under Section H – Personal Liability; and
  • Must be carried out within organisers guidelines and will only be covered as part of a pre-arranged/ organised activity led or instructed by professional guides or organisers.
  • Are not covered under Section C – Personal Accident or Section H – Personal Liability; and

Provided you are not:

  • Participaiting in or training for a competition or
  • Taking part on a professional or semi-professional basis or
  • Taking part contrary to local advice or warnings.

If vou do not see vour chosen Activity listed here or in our Adventure Activities; please email [email protected] , or call us on 00 44 (0) 1353 699082 to check. You may not be covered while participating in the Activity unless it is listed and you have paid the additional premium where applicable.

All premiums are subject to the person(s) travelling being up to 70. Winter sports travel insurance is available to people who are living in UK. If you travel all year round, check our Annual Multi Trip policies .

Frequently Asked Questions

What does winter sports cover include.

This cover is provided only if you are under 70 and the policyholder has paid the additional premium where required as confirmed on the Validation Certificate. Below are the details of winter sports cover provided by this extension for a period of no more than 17 days in total in each period of insurance under annual multi trip policies and for the period of the trip under single trip policies. Winter Sports covers people on a skiing, snowboarding or other winter sports activity holidays and covers loss, theft or damage to your own and hired ski equipment, resort closure cover, and emergency medical expenses and repatriation including piste rescue. A range of wintersports activities are covered as standard as shown in the table above. Activities that involve the use of equipment or machines such as skidoos and sledges have no cover for third party liability and the person supplying you with these vehicles must have appropriate cover in place, you should check this before using such equipment.

Do you cover mountain rescue including helicopters?

You are covered for mountain rescue costs on the basis of medical necessity. This means that if you are injured or fall ill on the slopes and cannot continue skiing we will cover the costs charged by the local piste authorities or recognised rescue service to get you to the nearest suitable point of medical treatment . Where the local authorities feel this is necessary this would include helicopter transfers. You should ensure that the 24 hour assistance service on your policy is contacted as soon as reasonably possible so they can take over the management of your costs and provide guarantees of payment and other necessary assistance such as repatriation. Anything other than unavoidable emergency costs must be pre-authorised by the assistance service. You have no cover for rescue costs associated with you skiing in remote areas or because you are in difficulties not associated with an illness or injury covered by the insurance.

Do you cover off piste skiing?

All skiing and snowboarding activities defined in the wording are covered provided you remain within the boundaries of a recognised resort area designed for public use and are not skiing or snowboarding in areas marked out of bounds or hazardous by the piste authorities.The boundaries of a recognised resort area with runs (pistes) designed for public use will be shown on the piste map issued to you with your ski lift pass. Provided that the piste authorities have not marked an area as dangerous, out of bounds or closed, you can ski “off piste” between the designated runs if your route is connecting you to another run or ski lift and is within the general area that is patrolled by the local piste authorities who issued your ski pass. You must not ski off piste alone or on routes beyond your level of competence. If you are in any doubt about the route you are planning you should get advice from the local authority or a qualified ski instructor or guide.

See also: Seniors Travel Insurance , Single Trip Travel Insurance

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Ski and winter sports travel insurance

Whether you’re a regular skier or a complete beginner, accidents can happen on the piste.

Make sure you’re covered by adding mandatory winter sport protection to your travel insurance package. For an extra premium, you’ll be insured for injury, and lost, stolen or damaged equipment. It may even cover you for personal liability or personal accident. Terms and conditions apply.

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Protection for skiing and snowboarding, on and off piste

Our winter sports cover gives you extra protection. We'll cover you for a variety of things, including:

  • Off-piste skiing and snowboarding (within resort boundaries and in recognised areas)
  • Lost, damaged or stolen ski equipment
  • Piste closures

So before you hit the slopes, be sure to have all your cover in place. And then you can enjoy the thrill of the downhill.

What’s covered?

Add the winter sports cover option to any Post Office Travel Insurance policy for this extra protection. The cover will cost you an additional premium.

Skiing, snowboarding, airboarding and more

It’s not just skiing and snowboarding. Whether it’s ski-blading, airboarding, skidooing, tobogganing or even snowmobiling, there are plenty of winter sports we can cover you for (1), off piste as well as on (2)

Emergency medical support and evacuation

Your policy includes access to an emergency medical helpline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You're also covered for repatriation to your home country

Lost, damaged or stolen equipment 

Whether you’ve your own equipment or you’ve hired some, we can cover loss, theft or damage. Terms and conditions apply. Check out our policy wording for details

Piste closure

It can be fun to go up the mountain when the weather’s heavy, but when there’s no snow at all, there’s no point. If the piste is closed because there’s no snow, you could make a claim

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All medical conditions considered

Living with a medical condition shouldn’t stop you seeing the world. And, with the right travel insurance in place, you can enjoy peace of mind on your adventures – just in case something unfortunate happens.

At Post Office, we cover most pre-existing conditions. Contact us for a quote to see if we can cover you. It’s important to declare upfront all your medical conditions and any medication you're taking.

If we can't help and yours is a serious pre-existing medical condition, check the  Money and Pensions Scheme (MaPS) directory. It lists companies that may be able to help you. Or call 0800 138 7777 .

Choose a travel insurance cover level

The table shows the maximum cover limits available with ski and winter sports cover for each of our cover levels. You can add ski and winter sports cover for an additional premium.

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Common questions

What is winter sports travel insurance.

Taking part in winter sports can carry much higher risks than those you'll face on other types of holiday. It’s important to make sure that, as well as taking part in winter sports safely and responsibly, you have cover in case something goes wrong. This cover also provides protection for things that can happen to your equipment, such as loss, theft or damage.

Why add winter sports cover?

Whether you have your own equipment or you’re hiring it, replacements can be expensive if they have to come out of your pocket. If you're going on a trip involving winter sports, then adding this cover is mandatory.  It's not just your equipment that needs to be covered but you as well. We can help you if you’re taken ill while on the mountain or get injured, and if the weather decides to dry up and there’s no snow on the piste, we can help restore the balance. 

Isn’t my Ghic or Ehic card enough protection?

UK citizens travelling in EU countries can access some state-provided healthcare there for free or at a reduced cost. You'll need a UK Global Health Insurance Card (Ghic) or, if it’s still in date, a European Health Insurance Card (Ehic).

Remember, neither card covers any additional cost to return you to the UK or for a relative to stay or fly out to be with you. In a medical emergency you may have no control over the hospital you are taken to or the closest hospital may be private. But medical travel insurance may be able to cover some of the cost for you.

Also, Ehic no longer provides access to healthcare services in Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway or Switzerland for UK nationals in most cases.

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  • Perfect for one-off trips or longer holidays of up to 365 days (3)
  • No age limit 

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  • Cover for multiple-trips for a 12-month period 
  • 31-day trip limit, with extensions available up to 45 and 60 days
  • Available for everyone aged up to 75 years 

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Are you going on a winter sports holiday to try out some of the ski slopes in Europe? Voyager Europa Travel Insurance with Winter Sports Cover can provide you with financial protection should the unexpected happen while you are on your winter sport holiday!

Why do I need Schengen Travel Insurance with Winter Sports cover?

Whether you are a beginner or an expert in doing winter sports activities, it can sometimes be dangerous. So, if you unfortunately suffer from injury whilst on a winter sports holiday and need piste rescue, the emergency medical expenses can quickly leave you out of your pocket.

Hence, it would be a good idea to have travel insurance with winter sports cover for your Europe Trip. Here at Voyager Europa, you can easily get travel insurance for Schengen Visa covering winter sports activities in just a few clicks. All you need is to select the 'Winter Sports cover' option when purchasing your travel insurance policy to include cover for winter sports-specific events.

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What is covered under Voyager Europa Winter Sports Travel Insurance?

Looking for travel insurance for winter sports to Europe that meets the Schengen Visa requirements? You’ve come to the right place, as our Voyager Europa product can do both! Our Voyager Europa travel insurance is an approved policy for Schengen Visa, and you can add winter sports option to your policy.

Our Travel Insurance with Winter Sports Cover will provide protection for lost, damaged, or stolen ski equipment that you own or have hired, unused, lost, or stolen ski packs and piste closure. What’s more, we can provide cover for these winter sports activities:

  • cross country skiing (Nordic skiing)
  • glacier skiing
  • recreational racing
  • snowmobiling
  • mono skiing
  • off piste skiing or snowboarding (providing local safety guidelines and warnings are observed)
  • on piste skiing or snowboarding
  • snowblading
  • tobogganing
  • big foot skiing
  • Glacier Walking (under 200m)

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The table above is only a summary of what our winter sports travel insurance covers. The sections of “Winter Sports Cover” are explained in more detail below. However, you should always refer to the policy wording for full winter sports travel insurance terms, conditions, and exclusions.

Ski Pack cover – for the cost of ski pass, ski hire, or ski school fee that you are unable to use or recover due to accidental bodily injury, or sickness that prevents you from skiing, as medically certified or due to the loss or theft of your ski pass.

Ski Equipment – for the cost to hire ski equipment following the loss, theft, or damage of ski equipment including the delayed arrival of ski equipment.

Piste closure – for each day that it is not possible to ski because lifts are closed due to a complete lack of snow, adverse weather conditions, or avalanche danger in your pre-booked trip resort.

Am I Covered for Piste Rescue or Airlift?

Emergency Medical Expenses that are included as standard on Voyager Europa Travel Insurance are extended on the Winter Sports option to include any injuries sustained while taking part in winter sports. This includes any piste rescue is necessary.

Consequently, if the worst were to happen and you needed a helicopter to airlift you from the mountain, it is unlikely to be covered if you do not have Winter Sports cover. Therefore, it is extremely important to add Winter Sports cover to your Voyager Europa Travel Insurance policy as even a short helicopter trip can cost £1,000s!

How do I Get a Quote for Travel Insurance with Winter Sports Cover?

It’s quick and easy to get a quote for travel insurance with winter sports cover. All you have to do is select the Winter Sports Cover option on the ‘Your Quote’ page when getting a quote to add it to your Voyager Europa Travel Insurance policy.

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Some of the best holidays take place under snowy skies, which is why we’ve developed single and multi-trip premiums that offer winter sport and ski travel insurance. Make sure you’re set for the slopes with AIG Insurance from only €12.89* per trip. Our winter sports travel insurance option provides cover not only in the event of injury on the slopes, but also covers loss of use of your ski pass due to adverse weather. It covers loss of your ski pass, as well as damage to or theft of either your own or ski equipment you have hired. Please see our  policy document  for full details of this cover.

* Price is based on an individual buying online aged 18-54 holding Private Health Insurance which provides medical cover for the duration of their time abroad, travelling for 3 days (2 nights) on a European Budget Medicare policy with Winter Sports Cover selected. Example correct as of 21/11/2023.

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Going on more than one holiday this year? Get up to 17 days of winter sports cover for free within your annual muti-trip travel insurance .

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Before you pack your ski boots , gloves and a few extra pairs of socks, make sure winter sport and ski insurance premiums are added to your quote from AIG today! When you have our  Annual Multi Trip travel insurance , you automatically qualify for FREE ski insurance for up to 17 days of winter sports activities within the period of insurance. Is this a one-off holiday? You can also add ski holiday insurance to our  single trip travel insurance  for an additional premium.

What is Ski and Winter Sports Travel Insurance?

Ski and Winter Sports insurance is designed to protect you on any trip that you intend to take part in winter sporting activities. Our option provides cover not only for you in the event of injury on the slopes but also covers loss of ski passes due to adverse weather and loss, as well as damage or theft to either your own or hired ski equipment. With our multi-trip policy you get up to 17 days cover for free and if you choose to add this optional cover to your single trip, you will be covered for the duration of your trip. Please see our  policy document  (see page 18) for full details of this cover.

Why AIG Ski and Winter Sport Travel Insurance?

If you are looking to hit the slopes this winter or travelling to the southern hemisphere in chase of the ultimate snowy slopes, our Ski & Winter Sports cover is the perfect companion to your thrill ride! Better yet, if you take out  Annual Travel Insurance  you get to enjoy Ski & Winter Sports travel insurance included at no extra charge.

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Skiing is an incredibly popular winter sport enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities in many European countries. And although we are not blessed with snow-capped mountains and powdered pistes in Ireland, trips to one of the many ski resorts across Europe have become increasingly popular with Irish tourists in recent years.

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 There are many places outside of Europe with excellent skiing, travelling in the winter months can be especially difficult so we have focused on selecting some of the best ski resorts Europe has to offer depending on your ability and what you want from a winter holiday.

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Many holidaymakers don't buy travel insurance until right before they are due to leave. Our recent figures reveal that 29 per cent of customers waited until the day before their holiday to arrange their cover, with another 11 per cent only buying  travel insurance  two days before their trip. You can see a full breakdown of figures in this  handy infographic . 

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If you love snow, ice and adrenaline, consider a winter sports holiday this year. Whether you’re a seasoned skier or just looking for fun in the frosty air, the perfect destination is waiting for you.

But where should you go? There are so many options to choose from, each with its own charm and appeal. To help you decide, we’ve compiled a list of some of Europe’s most popular winter sports destinations.

Winter sports destinations in Europe

Europe is home to some of the world’s most famous ski resorts, attracting millions of visitors every year. 

France is Europe’s most visited ski destination, with over 50 million skier days last year. Various resorts await you, from the large and well-known ones to the more petite and charming options. France also offers excellent cuisine, culture and nightlife, making it a great choice for a winter holiday.

Austria is another popular choice for skiers in Europe. It has a reputation for being friendly and affordable, with many traditional villages and cosy chalets. Some of the best resorts in Austria include Kitzbühel, St Anton, Zell am See and Ischgl. 

Switzerland boasts some of Europe’s most spectacular mountains and exclusive resorts, making it a fantastic choice for your winter sports adventure. 

Italy is another great option for travellers who want to combine their passion for winter sports with their love of food, art and history. Some of the best resorts in Italy include Cortina d’Ampezzo, Madonna di Campiglio, Cervinia and Sestriere. 

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If you want a mixture of adventure and luxury, you’d do well to plan a trip to any of these winter sports resorts.

  • Chamonix: Considered one of the world’s oldest and most famous ski resorts, Chamonix is found at the foot of Mont Blanc in France. It offers some of the most challenging and varied terrain in Europe, and stunning views of the Alps. It’s a lively town with plenty of shops, restaurants, bars and clubs to keep you entertained after a day on the slopes.
  • Kitzbühel: One of Austria’s most picturesque and charming destinations, situated in the heart of the Tyrol region. With runs available for all skill levels, as well as plenty of off-piste opportunities, it’s perfect for a mixed ability group trip. Kitzbühel is also famous for hosting the annual Hahnenkamm race, one of the ski calendar’s most prestigious and thrilling events.
  • Zermatt: This glamorous Swiss resort sits at the base of the famous Matterhorn. It offers over 360 km of slopes for all abilities and some of the best snow conditions in Europe. Zermatt is a car-free village with a charming and cosy atmosphere. 
  • Cortina d’Ampezzo: An elegant and stylish town in the Dolomites mountains. As well as the wonderful skiing, you can soak up the stunning views and atmosphere on your trip. The town is fashionable and sophisticated, with a rich cultural and historical heritage.

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Elektrostal is a vibrant city located in the Moscow Oblast region of Russia. With a rich history, stunning architecture, and a thriving community, Elektrostal is a city that has much to offer. Whether you are a history buff, nature enthusiast, or simply curious about different cultures, Elektrostal is sure to captivate you.

This article will provide you with 40 fascinating facts about Elektrostal, giving you a better understanding of why this city is worth exploring. From its origins as an industrial hub to its modern-day charm, we will delve into the various aspects that make Elektrostal a unique and must-visit destination.

So, join us as we uncover the hidden treasures of Elektrostal and discover what makes this city a true gem in the heart of Russia.

Key Takeaways:

  • Elektrostal, known as the “Motor City of Russia,” is a vibrant and growing city with a rich industrial history, offering diverse cultural experiences and a strong commitment to environmental sustainability.
  • With its convenient location near Moscow, Elektrostal provides a picturesque landscape, vibrant nightlife, and a range of recreational activities, making it an ideal destination for residents and visitors alike.

Known as the “Motor City of Russia.”

Elektrostal, a city located in the Moscow Oblast region of Russia, earned the nickname “Motor City” due to its significant involvement in the automotive industry.

Home to the Elektrostal Metallurgical Plant.

Elektrostal is renowned for its metallurgical plant, which has been producing high-quality steel and alloys since its establishment in 1916.

Boasts a rich industrial heritage.

Elektrostal has a long history of industrial development, contributing to the growth and progress of the region.

Founded in 1916.

The city of Elektrostal was founded in 1916 as a result of the construction of the Elektrostal Metallurgical Plant.

Located approximately 50 kilometers east of Moscow.

Elektrostal is situated in close proximity to the Russian capital, making it easily accessible for both residents and visitors.

Known for its vibrant cultural scene.

Elektrostal is home to several cultural institutions, including museums, theaters, and art galleries that showcase the city’s rich artistic heritage.

A popular destination for nature lovers.

Surrounded by picturesque landscapes and forests, Elektrostal offers ample opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, and birdwatching.

Hosts the annual Elektrostal City Day celebrations.

Every year, Elektrostal organizes festive events and activities to celebrate its founding, bringing together residents and visitors in a spirit of unity and joy.

Has a population of approximately 160,000 people.

Elektrostal is home to a diverse and vibrant community of around 160,000 residents, contributing to its dynamic atmosphere.

Boasts excellent education facilities.

The city is known for its well-established educational institutions, providing quality education to students of all ages.

A center for scientific research and innovation.

Elektrostal serves as an important hub for scientific research, particularly in the fields of metallurgy, materials science, and engineering.

Surrounded by picturesque lakes.

The city is blessed with numerous beautiful lakes, offering scenic views and recreational opportunities for locals and visitors alike.

Well-connected transportation system.

Elektrostal benefits from an efficient transportation network, including highways, railways, and public transportation options, ensuring convenient travel within and beyond the city.

Famous for its traditional Russian cuisine.

Food enthusiasts can indulge in authentic Russian dishes at numerous restaurants and cafes scattered throughout Elektrostal.

Home to notable architectural landmarks.

Elektrostal boasts impressive architecture, including the Church of the Transfiguration of the Lord and the Elektrostal Palace of Culture.

Offers a wide range of recreational facilities.

Residents and visitors can enjoy various recreational activities, such as sports complexes, swimming pools, and fitness centers, enhancing the overall quality of life.

Provides a high standard of healthcare.

Elektrostal is equipped with modern medical facilities, ensuring residents have access to quality healthcare services.

Home to the Elektrostal History Museum.

The Elektrostal History Museum showcases the city’s fascinating past through exhibitions and displays.

A hub for sports enthusiasts.

Elektrostal is passionate about sports, with numerous stadiums, arenas, and sports clubs offering opportunities for athletes and spectators.

Celebrates diverse cultural festivals.

Throughout the year, Elektrostal hosts a variety of cultural festivals, celebrating different ethnicities, traditions, and art forms.

Electric power played a significant role in its early development.

Elektrostal owes its name and initial growth to the establishment of electric power stations and the utilization of electricity in the industrial sector.

Boasts a thriving economy.

The city’s strong industrial base, coupled with its strategic location near Moscow, has contributed to Elektrostal’s prosperous economic status.

Houses the Elektrostal Drama Theater.

The Elektrostal Drama Theater is a cultural centerpiece, attracting theater enthusiasts from far and wide.

Popular destination for winter sports.

Elektrostal’s proximity to ski resorts and winter sport facilities makes it a favorite destination for skiing, snowboarding, and other winter activities.

Promotes environmental sustainability.

Elektrostal prioritizes environmental protection and sustainability, implementing initiatives to reduce pollution and preserve natural resources.

Home to renowned educational institutions.

Elektrostal is known for its prestigious schools and universities, offering a wide range of academic programs to students.

Committed to cultural preservation.

The city values its cultural heritage and takes active steps to preserve and promote traditional customs, crafts, and arts.

Hosts an annual International Film Festival.

The Elektrostal International Film Festival attracts filmmakers and cinema enthusiasts from around the world, showcasing a diverse range of films.

Encourages entrepreneurship and innovation.

Elektrostal supports aspiring entrepreneurs and fosters a culture of innovation, providing opportunities for startups and business development.

Offers a range of housing options.

Elektrostal provides diverse housing options, including apartments, houses, and residential complexes, catering to different lifestyles and budgets.

Home to notable sports teams.

Elektrostal is proud of its sports legacy, with several successful sports teams competing at regional and national levels.

Boasts a vibrant nightlife scene.

Residents and visitors can enjoy a lively nightlife in Elektrostal, with numerous bars, clubs, and entertainment venues.

Promotes cultural exchange and international relations.

Elektrostal actively engages in international partnerships, cultural exchanges, and diplomatic collaborations to foster global connections.

Surrounded by beautiful nature reserves.

Nearby nature reserves, such as the Barybino Forest and Luchinskoye Lake, offer opportunities for nature enthusiasts to explore and appreciate the region’s biodiversity.

Commemorates historical events.

The city pays tribute to significant historical events through memorials, monuments, and exhibitions, ensuring the preservation of collective memory.

Promotes sports and youth development.

Elektrostal invests in sports infrastructure and programs to encourage youth participation, health, and physical fitness.

Hosts annual cultural and artistic festivals.

Throughout the year, Elektrostal celebrates its cultural diversity through festivals dedicated to music, dance, art, and theater.

Provides a picturesque landscape for photography enthusiasts.

The city’s scenic beauty, architectural landmarks, and natural surroundings make it a paradise for photographers.

Connects to Moscow via a direct train line.

The convenient train connection between Elektrostal and Moscow makes commuting between the two cities effortless.

A city with a bright future.

Elektrostal continues to grow and develop, aiming to become a model city in terms of infrastructure, sustainability, and quality of life for its residents.

In conclusion, Elektrostal is a fascinating city with a rich history and a vibrant present. From its origins as a center of steel production to its modern-day status as a hub for education and industry, Elektrostal has plenty to offer both residents and visitors. With its beautiful parks, cultural attractions, and proximity to Moscow, there is no shortage of things to see and do in this dynamic city. Whether you’re interested in exploring its historical landmarks, enjoying outdoor activities, or immersing yourself in the local culture, Elektrostal has something for everyone. So, next time you find yourself in the Moscow region, don’t miss the opportunity to discover the hidden gems of Elektrostal.

Q: What is the population of Elektrostal?

A: As of the latest data, the population of Elektrostal is approximately XXXX.

Q: How far is Elektrostal from Moscow?

A: Elektrostal is located approximately XX kilometers away from Moscow.

Q: Are there any famous landmarks in Elektrostal?

A: Yes, Elektrostal is home to several notable landmarks, including XXXX and XXXX.

Q: What industries are prominent in Elektrostal?

A: Elektrostal is known for its steel production industry and is also a center for engineering and manufacturing.

Q: Are there any universities or educational institutions in Elektrostal?

A: Yes, Elektrostal is home to XXXX University and several other educational institutions.

Q: What are some popular outdoor activities in Elektrostal?

A: Elektrostal offers several outdoor activities, such as hiking, cycling, and picnicking in its beautiful parks.

Q: Is Elektrostal well-connected in terms of transportation?

A: Yes, Elektrostal has good transportation links, including trains and buses, making it easily accessible from nearby cities.

Q: Are there any annual events or festivals in Elektrostal?

A: Yes, Elektrostal hosts various events and festivals throughout the year, including XXXX and XXXX.

Elektrostal's fascinating history, vibrant culture, and promising future make it a city worth exploring. For more captivating facts about cities around the world, discover the unique characteristics that define each city . Uncover the hidden gems of Moscow Oblast through our in-depth look at Kolomna. Lastly, dive into the rich industrial heritage of Teesside, a thriving industrial center with its own story to tell.

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Why are many Russians freezing in their homes this winter?

Russia boasts a massive energy infrastructure, but a recent wave of heating system breakdowns in Moscow and beyond has left many residents scrambling to keep harsh winter temperatures outside.

Thousands of Russians have been affected by heating systems failing across the country, including Moscow and its outskirts, the Moscow Oblast, as they face one of the harshest winters in decades .

The wave of breakdowns started in December and shows no sign of stopping. This week, at least 16 people suffered burns in the city of Nizhny Novgorod when a large-bore heating pipe exploded, spouting boiling water into the street. The pipe failure also left more than 3,000 people without heat, according to a local news channel on Telegram. The messaging service is one of the few remaining platforms Russians use to obtain uncensored information.

Just a day before the Nizhny Novgorod incident, a heating node failed in the city of Oryol, cutting off heat to homes, kindergartens, and a school, where boiling water burst out of steam heaters during lessons.

Residents in Moscow Oblast left without heat for days

The most severe breakdown occurred in Klimovsk, a district of the city of Podolsk in Moscow Oblast, just 50 kilometers (30 miles) from the capital. On January 4, the temperature dropped to -34 Celsius (-29.2 Fahrenheit) —  the coldest spell for the area in at least 40 years. On the same day, a Klimovsk heating plant failed. Some 20,000 people were left without heat in the district of 50,000 people. Thousands of them remained cut off from the heating grid for several days. Other cities and towns in the region also experienced multi-day heating failures during the extremely cold weather, with residents of the city of Elektrostal lighting bonfires in front of their apartment buildings as a sign of protest.

"The children were sleeping in warm clothing, me and my husband were also sleeping wearing pants, sweaters, shirts, under two duvets," a local woman told Russian news outlet The Insider, adding that the temperature in her apartment did not go above 10 degrees Celsius until she started using electric space heaters.

Ammunition factory provides town with heat

Officials were slow to respond. It took Moscow Oblast Governor Andrey Vorobyov three days to put out an official statement on the Klimovsk breakdown, blaming the owners of the "privately-owned boiler room" for allowing the breakdown to happen. Vorobyov said authorities have launched an investigation.

"We understand that everyone's patience has a limit," he said during a meeting with the citizens.

The governor also accused the plant's owners of being unreachable during the current crisis, pointing out that two of them lived abroad. The issue apparently drew the attention of Russian President Vladimir Putin — he ordered Vorobyov to nationalize the heating facility. 

The delayed response could be due to the heating facility's sensitive location — it is operating within an active ammunition factory. Such arrangements between military industry and civilian infrastructure were relatively common in the Soviet era.

Links reported between Klimovsk plant and Kremlin

The ammunition plant was privatized in 2001, and the current ownership structure has not been made public. However, unconfirmed reports in the Russian media indicate that the plant's managers had first-rate connections at the very top of the Kremlin . The director of the plant, Igor Kushnikov, is a former colonel of the Russian FSB intelligence agency, according to media reports. In May 2023, he took over the plant management from Igor Rudyka — reportedly one of Putin's former bodyguards.

Last week, Russian federal investigators said they detained Kushnikov and the manager of the boiler room, Alexander Chikov.

Crumbling Soviet-era infrastructure

One of the shareholders of the Klimovsk ammunition plant, Marina Saharova, who is based in Germany, said the reason for the failure was not due to the heating facility itself but to the dilapidated conditions of the heating grid — she insisted that the boiler room needed to be shut down because of failures outside the factory.

Experts warned that the heating network in Russia is poorly maintained and outdated — especially in the areas that have massively increased their population density since the Soviet times. Even now, some parts of the country still use decades-old steel pipes, well past their projected 25-year lifetime, according to Russia's The Bell outlet . Official figures cited by The Bell indicate that some 3% of the heating, water and sanitation network is labeled as being in a state of "emergency" every year. Still, only 1%-2% are being modernized, leading to thousands of breakdowns.

Security poses an additional challenge in facilities such as the one in Klimovsk. Due to restrictions on access to the ammunition factory, civilian officials were unable to prepare the boiler room for winter or monitor issues in real-time, according to the outlet.

Russia, an energy superpower?

While some heating-related incidents happen every winter in Russia, this season has seen successive heating failures in multiple cities, from Novosibirsk in Siberia to Moscow and St. Petersburg to the western exclave of Kaliningrad. 

The issue also carries an emotional weight in the country that traditionally sees itself as an energy superpower. Following Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine , state propagandists issued dire warnings over EU sanctions on gas imports, claiming Europe would "freeze" without access to Russian gas for its heat.

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Nearly two years into the war, however, heating in Europe appears stable while Russian officials scramble to respond to the heating crisis. This contrast is pointed out with glee by Putin critics and Russian-speaking users from war-torn Ukraine.

"They decided to freeze out Europe, but that didn't work. Then they decided to freeze their own to intimidate others," a YouTube user commented under a video reporting on the breakdowns.

Moscow moving to modernize heating grid

Russian authorities also appear aware of the problem. Recently, the Kremlin has started taking a more direct role in managing the heating grid, and federal authorities signaled they would be freeing up more funds.

"We are still using the communal infrastructure that was made during the Soviet era," said Svetlana Razvorotneva, a Russian lawmaker and member of the committee in charge of urban engineering. "We did not invest in modernization. Instead, we invested in maintaining all that outdated infrastructure."

She added that some 40% of the communal heating grid urgently needed to be replaced. The Russian state, according to the lawmaker, intends to invest 150 billion rubles (€1.55 billion, $1.68 billion) in the next two years to modernize the system. 

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    For one or two winter sports trips, an annual policy will typically work out the most cost effective. Cover for a week in Europe can cost as little as £15. For a trip to the US, Canada or Japan ...

  2. Compare Winter Sports Travel Insurance

    Find a great deal on winter sports travel insurance for your skiing or snow sports holiday in Europe. Learn what's covered, what's not, and how to stay safe on the slopes.

  3. Compare Winter Sports Travel Insurance

    Compare holiday insurance quotes from 45 trusted UK providers. 1. Find tailored travel cover at the right price by comparing deals from the UK's leading travel insurers. Start a Quote. 1 Accurate as of April 2024.

  4. Winter Sports Travel Insurance

    Booking winter sports travel insurance consists of 3 easy steps: 1) Complete our insurance quote form at the top of this page. 2) Choose from our selection of Bronze, Silver or Gold. 3) Upgrade your policy by choosing our winter sports travel insurance in the add-ons section.

  5. Winter Sports Travel Insurance

    The price you'll pay will depend on a range of factors including: Just like standard travel insurance, you can buy winter sports insurance as single-trip cover or as an annual or multi-trip policy. The median cost for a single trip winter sports policy, without pre-existing medical conditions, in March 2024 was £14. [2]

  6. Ski Insurance & Winter Sport Cover

    If you're insured with Admiral, you just need to add our Winter Sports upgrade to your travel insurance to get protection against damage to your own, or hired, equipment. You'll be covered up to a maximum of £1,000 for your equipment (depending on the level of cover you choose.) We also pay up to £25 (per complete 24 hours) towards the cost ...

  7. Travel Insurance for Ski Trips

    Whether you are hitting the bunny slopes or a seasoned pro, there's something for you in our ski travel section; including guides to the best experience, tips for packing and planning, and, how to save money along the way. And remember, a travel insurance plan from Allianz Global Assistance is a great way to protect your investment on and off ...

  8. Winter Sports

    In addition, good Ski Insurance should cover your equipment and your ski pass, and indeed piste closure or avalanche closure should that occur. Our Insurance will also cover you for random "off piste" cover as well. The True Traveller was originally a travel company, not an insurance company, and although we believe we've designed the best ...

  9. Winter Sports Travel Insurance

    Protect yourself and your equipment with our specialist winter sports insurance for skiing and snowboarding in Europe and beyond. Choose from different levels of cover and get access to 24/7 GP helpline, avalanche rescue and more.

  10. Ski Travel Insurance Plan

    Ski travel insurance plans are designed to help cover your adventures down the slopes. Whether you're about to enjoy a New England winter or glide down The Alps, Travel Guard has plans to help cover your ski vacation. If your ski vacation does take you out of the country, remember your U.S. health insurance plan may not cover you while ...

  11. Ski Travel Insurance & Winter Sports Cover

    Travel Insurance. Add Winter Sports Travel Insurance to your policy. Ski, skate and slide with peace of mind on your next trip. 11 snow sports covered. Cover for equipment, ski passes, piste closure and more. 28 days of Winter Sports Cover included on Signature policies. Get Quote.

  12. Winter Sports Travel Insurance & Winter Sports Holiday Insurance

    Snowcard polices are tailored so that you have protection specific to your needs, our specialist winter sports travel insurance includes cover for: Emergency Medical Expenses & Repatriation including heli-rescue and air ambulance cover - this core cover is included with all Snowcard policies. Also includes: Personal Liability. Personal Accident.

  13. Winter Sports Travel Insurance for EU Residents

    Winter Sports Travel Insurance Key Benefits. Accidental loss theft or damage to your own or hired ski equipment - €500 in total. Daily benefit if your equipment is lost stolen or damaged in transit - €20 per day. Benefit payment if your resort is closed for more than 12 hours - €200 in total.

  14. Winter sports travel insurance

    Lost, stolen or damaged items. Our winter sports travel insurance policies cover all skis, poles, snowboards, boots & bindings. We'll cover lost, stolen or damaged items, even if they're stolen out of a ski rack (between the hours of 10am - 8pm). We'll also cover costs to hire equipment if yours is lost, stolen or damaged.

  15. Winter Sports Travel Insurance

    365 days for those aged up to and including 70 years. 90 days for those aged between 71 and 75. 31 days for those aged 76 years and above. Protect yourself on the ski slopes with our ski and winter sports travel insurance policy, giving you complete cover on your winter holiday.

  16. Voyager Europa Winter Sports Cover

    Our Voyager Europa travel insurance is an approved policy for Schengen Visa, and you can add winter sports option to your policy. Our Travel Insurance with Winter Sports Cover will provide protection for lost, damaged, or stolen ski equipment that you own or have hired, unused, lost, or stolen ski packs and piste closure. What's more, we can ...

  17. Ski travel insurance for winter sports

    Snow-related injuries. One of the biggest benefits of ski travel insurance is coverage for snow-related injuries, especially if you'll be traveling abroad as most US health insurance companies ...

  18. Ski & Winter Sports Travel Insurance

    Hit the slopes with confidence with AIG's Ski and Winter Sports Travel Insurance. Our plans cover everything from ski equipment to emergency medical expenses. ... AIG Europe S.A. is an insurance undertaking with R.C.S. Luxembourg number B 218806. AIG Europe S.A. has its head office at 35 D Avenue John F. Kennedy, L-1855, Luxembourg. AIG Europe ...

  19. Winter sports travel insurance.

    Standard travel insurance policies fall short of the cover you actually need for a winter sports holiday. Tag our winter sports add-on onto your Classic or Deluxe single trip policy and you'll also be covered for: Loss, theft or damage of your own winter sports equipment. Loss, theft of damage of ski pass. Piste closure.

  20. Popular winter sports destinations to visit in 2024

    Winter sports destinations in Europe. ... InsureandGo Travel insurance is arranged by IES Limited, an insurance intermediary licensed and regulated by the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission Number FSC25393 which trades into the UK on a freedom of services basis FCA FRN 824283. Registered Office: 1st Floor, Portland House, Glacis Road ...

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  23. John Deere Officially Opens New Manufacturing Facility in Russia

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  24. Why are many Russians freezing in their homes this winter?

    Darko Janjevic. 01/18/2024. Russia boasts a massive energy infrastructure, but a recent wave of heating system breakdowns in Moscow and beyond has left many residents scrambling to keep harsh ...