Travel insurance essential for those wanting to take advantage of extended ski season

Richard Laycock 1 September 2017 NEWS

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The best snow conditions in five years have extended the season.

Attention, ski bunnies. With Australian ski fields getting two metres of snowfall in August, Jindabyne ski resort Perisher is extending its season until 8 October 2017.

“Perisher is looking great. We’ve had an amazing season so far and we are excited to announce that the season is extending, providing incredible skiing and boarding for guests to enjoy into October,” said Perisher’s CEO Peter Brulisauer.

Other Aussie snow stalwart Thredbo is also expecting September to be a cracking month on the slopes.

“The long term outlook suggests that September will be slightly drier and milder than average – that leads to plenty of bluebird days,” said Thredbo’s resident meteorologist Guy Dixon.

However, if you're planning on taking advantage of the extended season, make sure you consider your options when it comes to ski travel insurance.

While you may not see the value in a domestic ski policy since your medical bills can be covered by Medicare or your private health insurance, you can still benefit from cover.

"Winter cover on domestic policies does not cover medical expenses, but it can also reimburse you for a number of other things including pre-booked lift passes, ski packs if you have an incident and can no longer ski, piste closures, lost or damaged equipment, and even avalanche cover," said e-commerce manager of InsureandGo David Mayo.

If you do take out travel insurance, be sure to check the policy carefully as many policies don't cover domestic skiing as standard.

"In most cases, basic domestic travel policies will not include certain winter sports and therefore we’d advise that travellers check their product disclosure statement (PDS) before purchasing their policy to make sure it covers them," Mayo said.

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