Off Piste Skiing (without a Guide) Travel Insurance Quote
Off Piste Skiing without a Guide We provide cover for Skiing / Snowboarding Off Piste (without a Guide) if you are off-piste within the ski area boundaries of a recognised Ski Resort that is…
Off Piste Skiing without a Guide
We provide cover for Skiing / Snowboarding Off Piste (without a Guide) if you are off-piste within the ski area boundaries of a recognised Ski Resort that is patrolled and in areas that Local Resort Management considers safe, covering Europe, North America and more.
To contact us by telephone or email, 0800 043 0020 / 01273 092 757 firstname.lastname@example.org
Highlights of Cover
Ski Off-piste without a Guide for up to 180 days on our single trip as the Sole Purpose of your trip without any restrictions on the number of days you can ski.
Search and Rescue covers up to £50,000, including Helicopter rescue from the Mountains.
Emergency Medical Expenses up to £5m for any Medical Emergencies in the Mountains, including Repatriation back to the UK.
Ski Equipment covers up to £1,500 for Accidental Damage, Loss, or Theft in Transit or Locked Storage. Single Article Limit of 750
Avalanche covers up to £1,000 if you cannot ski the Mountain.
Unused Activity Pack up to £750 if you lose your ski pass and have to buy a new one.
Off-piste Skiing without a Guide Travel Insurance FAQs
1. What's the definition of ski travel insurance Off-Piste without a Guide cover?
Skiing / Snowboarding Off Piste (without a Guide): if you are off-piste within the ski area boundaries of a recognised Ski Resort that is patrolled, then it is not a requirement to be accompanied by a guide or instructor) and in areas that Local Resort Management considers safe.
2. Does standard winter sports cover me for Off-piste?
A standard winter sports policy would not cover you for Off-piste Skiing without a guide, and a winter sports policy would cover you for Skiing and Snowboarding on piste only.
Your policy must state Off-Piste without a Guide.
3. How many days can I ski off-piste on this policy?
We can cover Skiing Off-piste as the Sole Purpose of your trip up to 180 days on a single journey; there are no restrictions on the number of days you can ski for during this time.
Ideal for Ski Seasonaires or if you plan on spending a month or two in the resort.
4. Does the Search and Rescue include Helicopter Evacuation from the mountains?
Yes, if it is medically necessary to Evacuate from the Mountain, then the policy will cover you under the Search and Rescue Cover.
Once you have been taken to a local medical facility, you will be covered under the Emergency Medical Expenses.
5. How does this policy cover me medically if I have an off-piste accident?
If you have an off-piste accident and need Emergency medical attention, you will be covered under the Emergency Medical expenses up to £5m, including Repatriation back to the UK.
All of our policies come with a 24/7 Emergency Assistance Line.
6. Do we cover skiing/boarding off-piste with a Guide, and is the premium lower?
Yes, we can cover off-piste skiing or boarding with a Guide; the premium tends to be lower as you will always be with a Professional guide/instructor.
7. Would this policy cover me if I am doing an Off-piste Avalanche Course?
Yes, this will cover you for participating in an Avalanche Safety Course and being in Off-piste terrain.
Please Note: This will not cover any pre-paid activity course fees if you have to cancel your trip.
8. Do I have Avalanche Safety Trained to take out the policy?
No, however, you should not be skiing off-piste without a guide if you do not know off-piste terrain and the unknown that comes with it.
Every morning before you ski, there are a few avalanche safety briefing tips you should follow to make sure you are safe; all briefings include:
Checking the Weather Status
Planning your routes wisely
Checking your Avalanche Safety Equipment is in working order
Basic Off-piste knowledge can go a long way; find out more at the Snowsafe Avalanche Safety Centre.
9. Would this policy cover me for Ski Touring?
No, this policy would not cover you for Ski Touring; if you plan to ski tour, please select this during the quote process. If you plan to do so, you must have Ski Touring stated on your policy.
10. What is the Age limit on this Off-piste Cover?
We can offer Skiing Off-piste without a guide up to 65 on this policy.
If you are over 65 and seeking cover, please call us on 0800 043 0020.
Avalanche Safety Courses
Although it's not mandatory to have been on an Avalanche safety course for your policy to be valid, it is the key to becoming an excellent off-piste skier or snowboarder. Taking an Avalanche Safety course can go a long way; please see several methods below:
- AIAIRE LEVEL 1 Chamonix - Level: Beginner Level | Days: 3-Day Course | Cost: 890 Euros.
- AIARE Level 2 – Chamonix - Level: Intermediate Level | Days: 3-Day Course | Cost: 990 Euros
- Henry Three Days Off-Piste – Val d'Isère and Tignes - Level: Intermediate Level | Days: 3 Day Course | Cost: 490 Euros
- Avalanche Awareness Course – Chamonix - Level: Intermediate Level | Days: 2 Day Course | Cost: Around 1 -3 people €360 for the group - depends on group size
General itinerary of an Avalanche Safety Course:
Classroom Theory Session - introducing the elements of the course and a brief understanding of avalanches, including types of snow and weather influences such as wind, ice and terrain.
Weather and Route Planning - go over the latest weather conditions and forecasts; from here, you can plan a route accordingly.
Equipment Briefing - explanation of using transceivers, shovels, probes and other avalanche safety gear. Instructors will demonstrate how group searches are carried out.
Practical Session - Knowledge gained in the theory stage will be implemented and developed in the mountains by Topographic map reading, risk management, decision-making and group organisation, and Digging techniques, giving you the best chance of a successful rescue in an emergency.
Classroom Debrief - a debrief and overview will take place to review what you have learnt in the theory and practical sides of the avalanche course.
The more knowledge you have, the more terrain you can explore, and you can be aware of the dangers in off-piste terrain
Avalanche Safety Kit
Being out in off-piste terrain means you are in charge of your safety and your ski companions; this means Avalanche safety equipment is a must, starting with the basics such as an Avalanche Transceiver, Shovel and Probe.
If you are an Avid skier who skis off-piste every season, we recommend an Avalanche Airbag.
All levels should wear a Recco Reflector; cost-effective reflector stickers speed up Search time by half. Find out more about Avalanche Safety Gear at www.snowsafe.co.uk
Holiday Companies that Specialize in Off Piste
1. Pure Powder, London
2. Mountain Spirit, Wales
3. Action Outdoors, Suffolk
4. Ski Club of Great Britain, Wimbledon
5. Mountain Tracks, London
Avalanche Awareness Courses
1. Chauvinguides Avalanche Course
La Grave , France
2. Chamonix Experience
3. Swiss Alpine Guides
Interlaken , Switzerland
Pre-Existing Medical Conditions
We can provide a policy if you have pre-existing medical conditions and will be Piste Skiing / Snowboarding (without a Guide) whilst travelling abroad.