Austin Skiers


In a typical ski season +200 members travel with Austin Skiers to fabulous ski resorts in North America or go with us to several European countries. After 50+ years of offering trips we have learned that travel plans can and do change, most often without warning. While some of our trips do offer optional (for an added expense) trip insurance through the tour operators, the majority of our trips do not have this option. This past season, some of our members had to cancel their travel plans at the last minute resulting in a loss of all or the majority of their trip investment. If you would like to avoid this unfortunate situation, we encourage you to research trip insurance options now.

  • NOTE: If you want "Cancel for Any Reason" coverage or insurance for pre-existing conditions (yours or family members at home), tour company or air carrier bankruptcies, or terrorism incidents you MUST purchase insurance designated for that purpose generally within 7 to 21 days of the date you make your first payment (deposit). Check with the insurance carrier as their cut-off dates will differ. BEFORE you sign up for a trip with Austin Skiers we encourage you to shop around, ask questions and compare.
  • If you have already signed up for a trip you may still be able to purchase trip cancellation coverage for illness/injury before or during the trip. 
  • Be sure to read the fine details and understand exclusions before purchasing trip insurance.

Are you wondering if trip insurance is right for you? Here are a couple of good articles on the subject: Rick Steves AND USA Today. Also, please check out this article in Condé Nest Traveler regarding what they consider the 12 best travel insurance policies and why you should purchase before traveling.

Pandemics: as a general rule Travel Insurance policy don’t provide coverage for pandemics or a fear of getting sick. They typically have a very specific list (Named Perils) – much like you can purchase for your home or commercial business – of covered reasons for cancellation e.g., losing a job or a terrorist attack. The policy language regarding this isn’t anything new as virus exclusions began appearing in policies since the SARS epidemic of 2002-04. Regulation of insurance policies for the most part are governed by states not the federal government who have approved these exclusions for years.

The following Travel Insurance Resources are useful in comparing policies and prices. Please know, Austin Skiers does not endorse any of these insurance providers or their services and we do not require you to purchase trip insurance to travel with our non-profit club. These resources are only provided for your convenience. If you have concerns about the reputation of any travel insurance company ask about their Better Business Bureau rating or their affiliation with the US Travel Insurance Association

You might find it worthwhile to check out this YouTube video, which does a great job of explaining Travel Insurance and the difference between Trip Interruption and Trip Medical Coverage. She also posted a spreadsheet in Google Docs you can download. The date of this video is October 12, 2017 - so there may have been some changes in the information.

Trip Insurance Resources: (Meeting the USTIA ethical standards. (Entire USTIA list.)

Questions to consider when talking with a travel insurance provider:
  • ¬∑Do you cover snow skiing?
  • Do you cover snowboarding?
  • Am I covered in the US and abroad and when would my policy take affect?
  • What medical coverage do you provide? Does your medical coverage act as the primary insurance when covering my medical needs during travel? Is my pre-existing medical condition covered? If not, what is covered under your policy?
  • Am I required to cover 100% of my trip costs or can I choose the amount to cover?
  • Are weather delays/interruptions covered? Are strikes, civil disturbances, terrorist acts covered? 
  • What if I miss a flight or get stranded during a trip - am I covered?
  • Is medical evacuation covered? This is especially important for international destinations!
  • Is there protection for lost, delayed or damaged luggage?
  • What if I decide to cancel my trip for any reason, do you offer that type of policy? What are the requirements or exclusions?
  • Am I covered (Financial Default Coverage) if my travel supplier suffers partial or complete suspension of their business?
  • What documentation is required if I file a claim and how long does the processing take?
  • Do you offer 24-hour assistance to answer my questions while I am traveling?
  • How long has your company been in business? What accreditation do you have? What is your BBB rating?

UPDATED: 7/13/2021

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