Sledging is an ideal family activity to enjoy together in the snow. If you are in the mountains and looking for things to do together, then this could be an ideal family activity to take part in and you can be covered for it with our Winter Sportsadd-on.

Sledges are used in many countries when there is a lot of snowfall, and it is one of the main activities to do during snowy weather. If you want to take a step up from sledging near your home, ski resorts provide ideal locations for the best sledging experience.

The activity is also known as sledding or sleighing, and it has similarities to various sports that are held at the Winter Olympics. Skeleton and Luge are both sports that feature regularly at the Olympics and both involve using a version of a sled to race down a snowy or icy slope. Bobsleighing also shares many similarities to sledging and is a popular team winter sport.

If you are planning to go sledging during your next trip, you should make sure that you are covered in case you face the unexpected. Here is everything you need to know about how to get the right travel cover, so that you can enjoy peace of mind when sledging with your family and friends.

Two children holding hands as they sledge down a snowy hill

How to get sledging cover for your holiday

If you’re planning to go sledging during your trip, you can get cover by including our Winter Sports add-on to your travel insurance policy.

Winter Sports covers you for skiing, snowboarding and sledging, as well as other activities such as snow tubing, mono-skiing and tobogganing.

The cover includes full medical assistance, equipment protection and lift pass cover during your holiday. Helicopter ambulance is also part of the policy if it is needed, providing cover for costs if you need to be taken off the side of a mountain.

You can get single trip travel insurance if you are only looking to get cover for one holiday, while our annual multi-trip policy means that you can get protection for multiple trips over a one-year period. This includes a maximum 17 days of Winter Sports cover per year if you get the add-on.

We also provide cover for various pre-existing medical conditions, and you can find out if your conditions can be protected by completing our medical screening process when buying a policy. If we confirm that you’re eligible for cover, you will then be able to receive all of the benefits that are included with our standard policies.

Winter Sports cover includes:

  • Full medical assistance if required
  • Lift pass cover
  • Piste closure cover, to compensate for lack of snowboarding
  • Avalanche delay cover
  • Snowboarding and skiing both included under the plan
  • Snowboard and ski equipment cover
  • Pre-existing medical insurance available

How to stay safe when sledging

As with many activities, there are risks involved when you go sledging, particularly if you do it on steeper hills. Sledging has led to injuries in the UK during snowy weather, and there have been other accidents reported around the world.

Ski resorts provide a safer environment for sledging, as you are usually away from roads and other dangers, while the snow is often maintained to provide smooth surfaces to travel along.

You should avoid using sledges on ski slopes and should instead do it in areas that are specifically designated for these sorts of activities. Travelling down ski slopes could cause you to lose control of your board, and you could also clash with skiers and snowboarders. The safest hills to use won’t be too steep and they should have a long flat area towards the bottom so that you can stop safely. You should also avoid travelling towards potential obstacles and hazards such as rocks and trees.

You can often rent equipment at ski resorts, and there are different types depending on the age of the user. Having suitable sledging equipment can help ensure that you and your family are safe on the snow.

Two people with sledges walk across the snow

What to wear for sledging

It has been advised that you should wear a helmet when sledging, to protect yourself from injury. You should also sit or lay on your sled with your feet pointing downhill, instead of travelling headfirst.

As with skiing and other winter sports, you should wear the right equipment for the snowy weather. Wearing warm clothes, including gloves and boots can keep you comfortable while you’re outside and they can also provide extra protection.

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