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Getting excited for the snow? We know you spent bucket loads on your gear, lift passes and accommodation, now you'll be looking for the right cover. The reality is that winter sports can be dangerous, so protect yourself from whatever the snow can throw at you by comparing ski travel insurance policies and choosing the right one for you.

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What is ski travel insurance?

Ski travel insurance is regular travel insurance with added benefits that are snow sports related. Consider all the things that can go wrong on a trip; you injure yourself, have your belongings stolen or get sick. Now think about how much worse it would be if these things happened on top of a mountain.

What does ski insurance cover?

  • Emergency evacuation. Imagine the worst happens and you're stuck in the middle of a black run. Emergency evacuation will cover the expense of your rescue (even if a helicopter is needed!) and transport you to the nearest medical facility.
  • Extreme weather conditions. There's nothing much you can do when the weather isn't on your side. Because skiing facilities are usually so high up, the weather is all the more unpredictable. Crack open a book (or a beer) and get peace of mind knowing you're covered for your expenses.
  • Your own equipment. If you've just bought a top-notch set of skis for your upcoming trip, you want to protect your investment. Travel insurance will make sure they're protected from damage or theft.
  • Equipment hire. This covers the cost of hiring equipment if your own gear is stolen or damaged in an accident.
  • Unused ski passes/lessons. So you paid up-front for a batch of ski lessons but didn't end up using them all because you were unwell or it was cancelled? Ski insurance can cover you for this so no money is wasted.
  • Heli-skiing. This one's for the pros and the adrenaline-junkies who want to go beyond the black runs. You usually have to purchase additional cover if you're planning a heli-skiing adventure, so make sure this one is included in your policy if you plan on taking things to the next level.

How to find the best ski travel insurance

    If you're looking for the best ski travel insurance, we recommend looking for the following benefits included in the policy, or at least available as an add-on.

    It's handy to know that not all insurers provide the same benefits, so when you're looking for the best ski travel insurance, make sure you're chosen insurer covers you for the following;

  • Your own snow sports equipment. If you hit the slopes regularly and own your own gear then you know how much you paid for it. That stuff isn't cheap. Make sure your policy covers your gear that is lost, stolen or damaged on your trip.
  • Snowsports equipment hire. This is cover for hiring equipment if something happens to your own gear on the trip and it becomes unusable.
  • Snowsports equipment excess. Cover for the cost or the repair of hired equipment if it is damaged or stolen while under your care.
  • Emergency rescue. Cover if you become injured and need assistance from a rescue team to get medical care.
  • Ski pack. This will cover your prepaid expenses in case you have to cancel. Prepaid expenses include snow equipment, lift passes, lessons and accommodation.
  • Lift pass. Specific cover for your lift pass in case your a snow bunny and bought an annual ski pass.
  • Bad weather. This is cover if your plans are affected by an avalanche, resort closure and piste closures. You may be covered for the expenses of having to relocate to another area.
  • How much is ski travel insurance?

    The average cost of a 30-year-old going to New Zealand for 2 weeks is AUD$92.72. This figure is based on 8 different policies with an excess of AUD$200 and last updated in June 2019.
    With all insurance, there are different factors that can affect the cost of your premium. These include:

    • The provider you choose. Price isn't everything. While budget policies may appear great in a quote comparison table, they often have higher excess charges and lower payouts for different benefits. So be careful.
    • The policy you choose. The level of cover you choose affects the amount you pay for your ski insurance such as medical only, standard or comprehensive cover.
    • The excess you choose. Some people like to play with their excess amounts to get a more favourable premium. Those who are low risk will generally opt for a lower/nil excess so they don't have to worry about paying anything extra in case they have to make a claim. High risk people will generally opt for the higher excess to get the cheaper premium and hope they will not have to claim.
    • Your age. The older you get, the greater the risk to the insurer you pose, so you'll pay a higher premium.
    • Your destination. The destination you're travelling to impacts how much your policy costs, e.g. the US is one of the most expensive places to get cover due to its high medical care costs.
    • The duration of cover. The cost of winter sports travel insurance can be affected by the length of time you are going for, as the longer you require cover for the more you will have to pay for this protection.
    • Your holiday plans. If you are planning on engaging in risky activities, such as skiing, you'll end up paying more.
    • Cover for high-value items. Most insurers allow you to take out additional cover for items with greater value than the default amount that will be paid for loss. Registering high price items will incur a premium loading based on the number of items and the value that is stated.

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    General exclusions for ski insurance

    Every travel insurance policy will have activities or events that are excluded from cover. These can vary significantly between providers so it is important to be clear on events that you stand to receive a claim for:

    Some sports are not covered automatically. Most policies will not provide a benefit payment for claims arising out of participation in:

    • Bobsleighing
    • Snow rafting
    • Para-penting
    • Ski acrobatics
    • Ski joering

    Other exclusions include:

    • Resorts in certain periods. Some policies don't provide cover outside of the recreational ski season.
    • Bad weather and avalanche closure. Most providers will require you to obtain a written confirmation from an appropriate authority confirming the closure.
    • Skiing under the influence. Like all travel insurance policies, you will not be covered for any losses if under the influence of drugs or intoxicated.
    • Skiing out of bounds. There are a number of insurers that will cover you for skiing off-piste but only if you are within the boundaries of the resort. Generally you will not be covered for backcountry skiing outside of the resort boundaries.

    Ski insurance in Australia

    Ski travel insurance can help for those short trips to Thredbo or Hotham. While Medicare can assist with medical expenses, you still run the same risks with skiing locally as you do when you're overseas. Domestic ski travel insurance can be useful if you need to claim for damaged equipment, losses if you get sick and can't use the rest of your lift pass, or even emergency evacuation if you need it.

    Ski insurance in Australia could be handy if:

    • You take a fall and your skis
    • You want to try going off-piste and know the conditions will be a bit more challenging
    • You break your leg and have to visit a private medical facility for help
    • The ski fields close down because of bad weather and you have to change resorts or are forced to cancel

    Hopefully none of these will happen to you, but this is why travel insurance is so important when you're on the go, even when it's in your own home country.

    Ski insurance for off-piste, cross-country and backcountry skiing

    Most insurers will offer cover for recreational skiing under a ski insurance policy but this will rarely include cover for off-piste, cross-country or backcountry skiing.


    Is off-piste skiing covered?

    A piste is recognised as a marked run or path down a mountain. Off-piste skiing refers to skiing in the backcountry or on unmarked trails. As there are more risks involved, only a handful of insurance providers will offer off-piste cover.

    Budget direct logo

    Budget Direct

    • Yes
    Off-piste skiing covered (with a professional snow sport instructor/guide only)
    1Cover Logo


    • Yes
    Off-piste skiing (only as provided under the Winter Sports and Winter Sports Professional Ski PDSs)

    Tick Travel

    • Yes
    Off-piste skiing is covered under Snow Sports cover
    Columbus Direct

    Columbus Direct

    • Yes
    Both off-piste and cross-country (Nordic skiing) are covered provided you have paid additional Winter Sports Cover premium


    • Yes
    Off-piste skiing covered under Comprehensive, Domestic or Frequent Traveller Policies with Snow Pack. Backcountry snow sports are not covered.


    • Yes
    Off-piste skiing is covered under Winter Sports Travel Insurance


    • Yes
    Off-piste skiing is covered under Snow Sports cover


    • Yes
    Off-piste is covered
    Travel insurance saver

    Travel Insurance Saver

    • Yes
    Cover is available on comprehensive, Australian travel and annual multi-trip policies.

    Is off-piste skiing covered?

    Cross-country skiing is making your way around the ski fields without the assistance of chair lifts or other transportation. Not all insurers cover this because of the added risk. Here are a few insurers that will.

    Columbus Direct

    Columbus Direct

    • Yes
    Columbus Direct covers cross-country skiing on marked trails


    • Yes
    InsureandGo covers cross-country skiing on marked trails

    Is professional skiing covered?

    Short answer, yes. It is possible to find cover for professional skiing. Unfortunately, not all insurers cover professionals, so it is crucial that you check with the company prior to purchase and also read through the PDS thoroughly.



    • Yes
    Off-piste skiing is covered under Winter Sports Travel Insurance

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    garyJanuary 19, 2017

    i am 66 my wife 67 we buy annual travel cover every year and we normally ski in japan and or canada for 3/4 weeks each year and 1/2 weeks in australia we currently hold car ins with apia and have been pleased with your service can you provide a short list of insurers to cover above thanks gary

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      RichardJanuary 24, 2017Staff

      Hi Gary,

      Thanks for getting in touch. is a comparison service and does not have access to products from APIA. If you would like to compare brands in our panel, you can do so by heading to our travel insurance home page.

      All the best,

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    TrangNovember 8, 2016

    Hi, I have a credit card complimentary cover for my 5-week trip in US. However, I would like to buy a separate cover for skiing downhill about 10 days in Colorado. Please advise whether I should enter for my entire travel period or just the time spent on skiing. Thanks.

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      RichardNovember 9, 2016Staff

      Hi Trang,

      Thanks for getting in touch. Many travel insurance will require you to have taken out cover prior to your departure to the USA. You may wish to look into brands that offer one way travel insurance, as they maybe able to insurer part of the trip.


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    martiJuly 20, 2016

    Hi there
    I am going to NZ to ski. I am a New zealand citizen on a NZ passport but live in australia (resident) for 20 years
    Do i need extra ski cover ? Or am i covered as a New zealander under their health system where I would not have to pay for emergency medical etc

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      RichardJuly 25, 2016Staff

      Hi Marti,

      Thanks for your question. is comparison service and we are not permitted to provide our users with personalised financial advice. Travel insurance covers more than just medical costs and can protect you for cancellation, lift passes, damaged or stolen ski gear, etc.

      All the best,

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    joanApril 3, 2016

    Hello, I am always traveling in Thailand and Cambodia, where in Philippines I, can’t get travel insurance and how much that I am Joan, please get information. I am Philippina

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      RichardApril 4, 2016Staff

      Hi Joan,

      Thanks for your question. Unfortunately, the majority of the travel insurance brands in our panel require that those taking out cover are an Australian resident or part of their trip will be coming through Australia.

      All the best,

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    BethenyNovember 22, 2015

    i am working in japan for 3 months and travelling for one month. my work is as a ski instructor. i need an insurance company that covers working in the snow!

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      RichardNovember 23, 2015Staff

      Hi Bethany,

      Thanks for your question. Unfortunately, none of the travel insurance brands in our panel offer cover ski instructors. You may want to contact the resort you’re going to be working at as they may have some recommendations for who normally offers cover to their instructors.

      I hope this was helpful,

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    AnnaNovember 9, 2015

    I am looking for an insurer that will cover me and my family – we do have different needs as we will be in Japan for different dates and my son has a pre-existing break (within 12 months) that we would need to think about. I need off piste, but not my husband or son. Can you please recommend some insurers that will cover our random needs as a family.


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      RichardNovember 10, 2015Staff

      Hi Anna,

      Thanks for your question. is a comparison service and we are not permitted to provide our users with product recommendations.

      If you’re planning to travel separately, you’ll need to check with your insurer whether they permit this. Many joint or family policies either require you to all be travelling at the same time or travel together for a large percentage of the trip.

      Most insurers offer cover for existing conditions but again this is dependant on the insurer. InsureandGo advertise that they consider all conditions.

      On the page above, there is a table that displays the travel insurance brands in our panel that offer off-piste cover.

      I hope this was helpful,

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