Italy Makes Insurance Compulsory for All Skiers & Snowboarders

Slope users will need to take out 3rd party liability insurance. The penalty for not doing so will be a fine up to €150 and the withdrawal of the ski pass.

The rules was introduced last spring, after the approval of Decree 40 of 2021, but took effect on January 1st 2022.

“The skier who uses the alpine ski slopes must have valid insurance covering his civil liability for damages or injuries caused to third parties,” reads the decree.

“It is obligatory for the manager of the equipped ski areas, with the exclusion of those reserved for cross-country skiing, to make available to users, at the time of purchase of the transit permit, an insurance policy for civil responsibility for damage caused to persons or things.”

If people don’t already have ski insurance through a travel policy they can buy the insurance with a lift pass.

It is unclear how the system will be policed.

Skiing in Italy. Image © PlanetSKI

Skiing in Italy. Image © PlanetSKI

Italy has a number of rules that go beyond other alpine nations including compulsory helmet wearing for all people under 18-years old.

It has strict off piste rules and does not tolerate people skiing or snowboarding while under the influence of alcohol.

It is estimated that up to 20% of UK people do not take out insurance for their ski holiday.

Tour operators and the UK government encourage all people to do so.

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