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Buying insurance with ski pass

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Typically I would buy insurance when I buy my ski pass - even though I already have annual travel insurance.

The idea that I just flash my receipt and everying is paid for, without having to claim back anything or pay an excess always gave me a bit of piece of mind and is worth a few euros to me.

But having just witnessed an incident with a friend on holiday, I think I've just realised I'm just stupid. Ski pass insurance just gets you off of the mountain.. is that correct? It doesn't actually cover any medical bills?

If so, then getting ski pass insurance is completely pointless, cos I will need to pay locally for and put in a claim for healthcare anyway through my normal travel insurance. So I will need to pay my insurance excess.. and it would have covered the evacuation too.

Is that correct?
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The c. Neige we buy with our season pass certainly covers a lot more than that. The policy lasts all year and so gives us peace of mind for snow shoeing and summer hiking. Mountain evacuation can be hugely costly in France so we'd probably get it anyway even if it didn't cover hospital bills which it does too. It costs about 60 euros so really is a no brainer for us.
Also you don't have any of the fannying about with off/side/on piste definitions which seems to be a very UK insurance obsession.
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It doesn't actually cover any medical bills?

It depends. Many resort facilities are private clinics. Many discussions about this on Snowheads - do a search. There are limits and small print. But for such little money - about the cost of a coffee in one of the less expensive resorts - it would be absurd to expect everything to be paid for at the "flash of a receipt".

Personally I find Carte/Carré Neige insurance worth the small outlay for the "no questions asked" mountain evacuation alone. And always carry an EHIC too. Belt and braces wink
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So regarding the c. neige:

@pam_w
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for such little money - about the cost of a coffee in one of the less expensive resorts - it would be absurd to expect everything to be paid for at the "flash of a receipt".



@gvi
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we'd probably get it anyway even if it didn't cover hospital bills which it does too


So which of you is right?
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AntonAusTirol wrote:
So regarding the c. neige: ... which of you is right?

Probably @gvi - see this link.

But note this is a product specifically for the Savoie region of France - elsewhere you may not get the same benefits.
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We made use of our Carte Neige insurance in Espace Killey last season. The benefits (no bills to pay) were:

1. Recovered from mountain
2. Ambulance from La Daille to clinic for injured skier and companion (me)
3. Treatment in clinic in Val d'Isere
4. Prescription knee support from pharmacy in Val d'Isere - I think I had to pay for that
5. Transport to hotel in Tignes
6. Refund for unused ski pass - this has to be claimed back after trip, won't refund in resort

Overall the real benefit was no forms to complete (apart from ski pass refund), quick release from clinic (no need to contact holiday insurance) and quick repatriation to our hotel. There was another lady in the clinic with similar injuries (walking wounded) who couldn't leave until receptionist had spoken to her insurance company as she didn't have credit cards to pay the bills, and then when ready to leave she was pointed the local bus stop as the route to get back to Tignes.

There are other benefits (if the driver is injured I think they provide a driver to take you home) but it won't cover hospitalisation and treatment in a critical care hospital - your personal insurance is still needed for that.

A few seasons ago a friend was air lifted off Orange piste and clinic held his skis hostage until helicopter bill was paid - he didn't have Carte Neige insurance.
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So which of you is right?

We're both right - this is not a simple question. Do what I suggest, and do a thorough search on Snowheads. Also look at the relevant websites and read ALL the small print.
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some reading for you

http://www.natives.co.uk/holiday/the-lowdown-on-carte-neige-insurance/3994

https://carreneige.com/en/

http://www.snowheads.com/ski-forum/viewtopic.php?p=831244&highlight=carte+niege
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Friend broke his wrist in Cervinia last April, had insurance on the lift pass (plus his own anyway), told a member of lift staff, skidoo to the bottom and ambulance to nearby medical centre, all treatment paid for by the ski pass insurance. No outlay. Back in the bar for apres.
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