You may think that you’re safe from sunburn when visiting cold countries and hitting the slopes on a ski holiday, but this is not true and you’ll need to take precautions for skin protection from the sun, even if you’re surrounded by crisp white snow. If you’re jetting off on a winter sports holiday or you’re planning a leisurely retreat in a snow-covered log cabin, here is some advice to help you prevent sun burn and reduce your risk of travel accidents while you’re away.
Protecting your skin from the sun in the snow
Although it’s very cold up in the mountains in countries like Switzerland, Austria, Italy and France, the sun is still very powerful and you’ll usually be greeted with views of bright blue skies and dazzling sunshine. If you’re skiing, snowboarding, hiking or simply enjoying a drink out on the veranda, it’s important to wear sun cream to protect your skin from UV rays and reduce the risk of sun burn and skin damage. Exposure to harmful UV rays ages the skin prematurely and increases the risk of skin cancer. It’s also advisable to wear ski goggles or sunglasses, which have strong UV filters, to protect your eyes.
Reducing the risk of ski injuries
Ski injuries are a common type of holiday accident and they can be very serious and even fatal. Whether you’re a novice or an experienced skier, it’s worth following these simple steps to reduce your risk of suffering an injury abroad:
- know your limits and stick to runs, which are suited to your capability
- build your confidence gradually
- arrange some tuition if you are a beginner
- ensure that you wear the relevant safety equipment and clothing
- take care when using ski lifts
What is travel accident compensation?
Travel accident compensation is awarded to people who have been involved in accidents overseas; payouts are given to those who were injured abroad through no fault of their own and they can help to ease financial pressure when you have to take time off work or cover medical costs. Claims can be brought against holiday companies and tour operators in cases where negligence on behalf of the operator or their representatives can be proven.
If you would like to find out more about holiday accident claims, or discuss your case with an expert personal injury lawyer, call Accident Advice Helpline’s 24-hour helpline on 0800 689 0500 or visit our website to take a rapid 30-second eligibility test.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice