Safe Not Sorry!
Far be it from us to preach to you all as you’re actually more likely to find most of the Doorstep team stoking the flames of any party during the course of the winter season, than dousing them, but...
Yodel have very responsibly teamed up with the British Consulate and the UK Foreign Office to bring you an important safety announcement. There are loads of sensible ‘dos’ and ‘don'ts’ when living in a ski resort and ignoring the risks could bring an early end to your season... or worse.
You will need a specific kind of insurance if you plan to ski or snowboard this winter. This might sound obvious but your annual multi-trip insurance might not cover winter sports – check the small print and don’t just assume that it does. Season snow sports insurance is available but again, check exactly what your policy covers. If you’ve heard those rumours about pisteurs asking for credit cards before recovering broken skiers from the mountain, you’ll know how important the ‘mountain rescue’ element of your insurance policy is. Your European Health Insurance Card is also essential as it can drastically reduce the cost of medical treatment if you do get injured. There’s loads of information and links on snow sports insurance on the yodel website.
On the hill and off the piste
Off-piste is the area of a snowy mountain that hasn’t been treated, groomed or ‘pisted’ into an official run. Despite being ridiculously good fun, off piste snow sports have a much higher risk of causing an avalanche compared to skiing or snowboarding on a pisted run. There are loads of rules on piste etiquette and how to off-piste safely. We’ll leave those to the experts but remember – never go off piste alone, stay within your ability level and always wear a transceiver in case the worst does happen.