'Skiers shunning lessons on slopes'
More than half of skiers are taking to the slopes without lessons, it has been revealed.
Of those risking danger by taking no tuition, 8% said they "couldn't be bothered" and 2% had a poor opinion of ski instructors, a survey by travel insurance company InsureandGo found.
A total of 12% said lessons were not essential and a further 12% said they would rather teach themselves.
The poll also found 24% did not take lessons as they thought they were too expensive, while 28% said they did not need help.
Perry Wilson, founder of InsureandGo, said: "These are really concerning figures which suggest that there could be a huge number of injuries and accidents on the slopes this year as untrained skiers come unstuck.
"Apathy and arrogance are not good reasons to avoid taking lessons. If you're paying for a winter sports holiday, you really must ensure you've invested in proper training too.
"Untrained skiers also need to be aware they could be leaving themselves open to liability claims if they cause an accident or injure someone on the slopes.
"Skiing is great fun but the slopes must be respected, which is why we're urging everyone going skiing to have proper lessons to ensure they are well-prepared for this fun, but potentially dangerous, sport."