Anyone going on a skiing holiday this winter is being urged to ensure they have comprehensive travel insurance and their European Health Insurance Cards to hand.
Sainsbury's travel insurance found that medical expenses claimed on winter sports-related policies increased by 11 per cent between 2007 and 2008.
It was also discovered that the average value of a claim from America and Canada was £2,991, which may emphasise the importance of travel insurance for those jetting off across the Atlantic.
Sam Marrs, manager of Sainsbury's travel insurance, said: "You need travel insurance to pay for any private medical treatment or for example to be airlifted from the slopes or repatriated back home. An air ambulance alone can cost up to £20,000 in Europe and as much as £60,000 in the US and Canada."
According to VisitBritain, many Britons may find it more affordable to go on holiday in the UK rather than abroad.
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