British skiers lost more than £31.5million worth of possessions on holiday abroad this winter, according to the latest statistics from the Post Office Travel Insurance.
The figure works out at around £219 worth of belongings per skier. The slopes accounted for almost half of the items lost, while 17% of people watched helplessly as their valuable fell from a ski-lift.
Glasses, phones, money and socks, were the top items to go missing in the winter's snow.
16% of those polled said the worst thing about losing their belongings was the embarrassment factor.
A further 16% said the worst thing was not having the money to replace the item with eight per cent admitting it forced them to ditch the slopes altogether.
“We get lots of people coming in upset about losing their belongings on the slopes. If customers lose anything in our bar we do our best to reunite them with it, but there isn’t much we can do if it’s gone missing out on the piste,” Ben Jones, owner of La Taverne in the French ski resort Meribel.
"Having the right winter sports cover in place can ease the strain when it comes to replacing precious personal possessions," says Paul Havenhand, head of travel at the Post Office.
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