Skiing helmets safe - or a false sense of security?

Michael Schumacher suffered serious head injuries when he hit a rock while he was skiing off piste in the French resort of Meribel on December 29th 2013. The impact of the crash smashed his helmet and he remained in a coma for six months.

The French police investigating Schumacher's incident concluded that all piste markers where properly in place and complied with regulations. Schumacher, an experienced skier, was traveling at a moderate speed; his skis were new; his bindings have been subsequently tested and were not at fault; he was fully in control of his movements as he left the marked pistes and traversed the patch of snow in-between two groomed runs in Meribel. Read more...

It's Snow Laughing Matter

Winter is upon us and the next few months are likely to see over one million British skiers and snowboarders take to the slopes. Whilst there is little that can be done about a lack of snow, a few simple precautions will drastically reduce the risk of injury. Statistically skiing and snowboarding are relatively safe activities but accidents do occur and if you are injured it may not only bring your eagerly anticipated and expensive holiday to an end it could also prove to be very expensive in terms of foreign medical treatment, repatriation and time off work. Whilst other parties including tour operators, equipment hirers and manufacturers and resort owners have a responsibility to protect our safety, if mistakes are made then the results of a skiing injury can be devastating. Read more...

Had an Accident on Holiday?

Over 40 million trips abroad will be taken by UK holidaymakers in 2015 - and unfortunately some will end in accident or injury. To get the very most enjoyment out of your holiday - and to minimise your risk of injury - we recommend you pack the following checklist as well as your sun cream. Read more...