Winter Sports: Are You Covered? Posted January 23 2019 by JW Haagensen Travel Insurance When you hear pizza and french fries, it’s unlikely that your initial thought is to go skiing. For those that don’t know, pizza and french fries refers to the way you position your skis. Point your skis together so they form a pizza shape in order to slow down, or keep them straight like french fries in order to go fast. Now you’re ready to hit the slopes!The stress of the holidays are over, and we are in what is generally the coldest time of the year. The snow has built up and should now offer perfect conditions for an adrenaline rush skiing down a mountain. Many people take this time to go on a ski trip, or snowboarding trip, etc. So start dusting off your skis and jackets, and begin making checklists to make sure you pack everything. Including insurance coverage for winter sports!DangerousIt’s no secret that skiing and snowboarding can be a dangerous hobby. While moving down the side of a mountain at exhilarating speeds can be the time of your life, there is also opportunity for you to injure yourself. According to the National Ski Areas Association, skiing and snowboarding are responsible for 44.7 serious injuries per year.Be SmartWhile that may be a scary thought, it shouldn’t keep you from enjoying yourself! It should just make you wary and want to fully protect yourself. In order to help avoid injury, make sure you are wearing proper protective equipment such as a helmet and other padding. Take beginner’s classes if you are going for your first time, or need any refreshers if it has been awhile. Practice on easier slopes before trying to go on the more dangerous areas, and don’t try to “keep up” with those who may be much more experienced than you. CoverageIf you are traveling abroad to go on a ski trip in the coming months, you should consider purchasing a travel insurance plan, if you haven’t already. In addition to travel insurance, you should also be looking to add coverage for extreme sports. Some travel insurance policies already include coverage for extreme sports, others you may have to purchase the extra coverage as an add-on to your current policy. Either way, it’s imperative that you look at your policy in order to determine if you will be covered for any medical attention that is needed from experiencing an injury while on the slopes. Here is a link to some more information of a plan that we offer here at MHG Insurance Brokers. For more help on traveling abroad, read our previous blog, “Tips Everyone Should Follow When Traveling Abroad,” and don’t forget to pack your travel insurance! Not sure which plan is right for you? Speak with the insurance specialists at +1 954 828 1819 or +44 (0)1624 678668 or visit us at mhginsurance.com to help identify the right travel insurance plan for your particular situation. Safe travels and don’t forget, pizza and french fries!