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Heli Skiing Travel Insurance

Heli-skiing is considered by many ski fanatics to be the ultimate challenge and adventure.

It’s where a group of skiers or snowboarders and their guide are flown by helicopter high above massive snow-covered peaks, to places only usually accessible to extreme mountaineers. You’ll land in a spot of virgin snow and then it’s literally downhill all the way, skiing amid stunning backcountry scenery, on pristine powder runs, far from the ski resort crowds - just you and your companions.

You don’t have to be an expert skier - so long as you are confident on blue (intermediate) runs and are reasonably fit you’ll be fine. Your professional guide will offer advice and help you seek out the best slopes for to savour this ultimate experience.

Heli skiing - Winter Sports Travel Insurance

Alaska and British Columbia have some world-beating heli-skiing sites, but closer to home Zermatt in Switzerland is a major centre. While heli-skiing is banned in France, many French ski resorts host heli-ski operators who will helicopter you the short hop from France across the Swiss or Italian border to enjoy legal heli-skiing there.

As with any outdoor adventure, and especially one with a risk of slips or falls in remote or inaccessible areas, it is essential to have an insurance policy that fully covers every eventuality. Not many insurance companies offer cover for heli-skiing, so that’s where Big Cat Travel Insurance comes in. We are specialists in outdoor and high-adrenalin adventure travel which means our policies are tailored to cover the widest variety of risks or misfortunes that can sometimes occur. Our Winter Sports Packs cover medical attention for injuries or broken limbs and, where necessary, evacuation to the nearest hospital - even repatriation - with expenses up to £10 million. Additional benefits include cover for equipment, ski pack, pist closure and avalanche closure.

With Big Cat you can enjoy so many adventures yet with the peace of mind knowing your insurance covers all the bases.

Key Benefits of Heli-Skiing Travel Insurance.

  • Emergency Medical and Repatriation Expenses up to £10 million.
  • Cancellation & Curtailment up to £10,000.
  • Personal Liability up to £2 million.
  • Winter Sports Equipment - owned up to £600.
  • Winter Sports Equipment hire, up to £300.
  • Ski Pack up to £375.
  • Baggage & Personal Effects up to £2,000.
  • Gadgets & Valuables up to £1,000.
  • Legal Expenses up to £15,000.
  • Personal Money up to £500.
  • Tickets up to £1,000.
  • Passport and Visa up to £300.
  • Money back 14-day cooling off period if you decide to cancel prior to departure.

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Our Standard and Premier policies offer curtailment cover of £2000 & £5000 respectively (can be increased to £10,000 with the Premier) from the date you returned to your home country or the dates you were hospitalised as an in-patient or the date your quarantine period started.

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Off Piste Skiing

Our Winter sports add-on provides suitable coverage for both skiing on and off piste. 

Defining ‘off-piste’ can be a little tricky but generally speaking, If you are outside of the boundaries of the resort, so out in the backcountry, heli-skiing or ski touring, for example, you would need to be within a group of 3 or more / with a qualified mountain guide with working communications equipment in order to be covered.

If you are just skiing in between two marked runs or going off the trail into trees/gladed areas within the boundaries of the resort, this would be covered as normal and the requirement to be within a group of 3 or more would not apply.

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We offer a 'Winter sports plus' add-on that can provide cover whilst in Ski parks including jumps up to 9m (medium).

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We have a few options when it comes Winter Sports cover duration:

14 non-consecutive days
28 non-consecutive days
56 non-consecutive days

You can choose the cover duration you need. Remember, test the different durations, sometimes it's equal value - or better, to opt for the entire duration option.

When travelling to Europe, only the Unlimited option is available.

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Medical - First and foremost, The 'Winter sports' add-on provides medical coverage in the event of an accident or injury whilst on the slopes, this includes Helicopter rescue, in patient treatment in a hospital and repatriation to the UK if necessary.

Off-Piste - You are covered for skiing on/off-piste within the boundaries of the resort. If you are outside of resort boundaries/Heli-skiing, you must be within a group of 3 or more or with a qualified instructor with working communications equipment (mobile phone).

Winter Sports Equipment – Loss theft or breakage of your own Winter Sports Equipment is insured up to £300 Budget, £450 Standard or £600 Premier per person, subject to a limit of £100 Budget, £200 Standard or £250 Premier for any single item, set or pair.
Loss theft or breakage of hired Winter Sports Equipment in your charge is insured up to £150 Budget, £225 Standard or £300 Premier per Insured Person.

Winter Sports Equipment Hire – Up to £150 Budget, £200 Standard or £350 Premier per Insured Person in respect of replacement Winter Sports Equipment hire following loss, theft or breakage, or misdirection or delay in transit of an Insured Person’s Winter Sports Equipment preventing their use for not less than 12 hours.

 Ski Pack – Up to £200 Budget, £250 Standard or £375 Premier per Insured Person in respect of the proportionate value of any ski pass, hire or tuition fee necessarily unused following accident or sickness of the Insured Person, or loss theft or damage of the ski pass.

 Piste Closure – Up to £15 Budget, £20 Standard or £30 Premier per day per Insured Person to a maximum of £150 Budget, £200 Standard or £300 Premierfor additional transport costs to reach an alternative resort necessitated by a lack of snow or avalanche at your pre-booked resort following the closure of skiing facilities.

 Avalanche Closure – Up to £150 Budget, £200 Standard or £300 Premier per Insured Person in respect of additional travel and accommodation expense necessarily incurred as a result of the outward or return journey by public transport being delayed for 12 or more hours beyond the scheduled arrival time.

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Yes, bar work or working in a chalet is automatically covered with all of our policies.

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