Ski holidays in France
Rescue missions inside the ski area and close to the ski area are not free of charge in France.
Update: Dec. 2017
Only rescue missions in high mountains are free of charge. In the later, state services will intervene theoretically for free. However, the borders between ski areas and high mountains are sometimes difficult to distinguish.
As a result, while many medical costs are covered when using the European Health Insurance card (EHIC), this will however not help you in France with rescue and repatriation, whether with helicopter or other transportation means (sledge, ambulance etc). If you need free transport back home after falling seriously ill or after having an accident, you will need separate insurance cover. Without a separate insurance cover, if you have to be rescued off the mountain by rescue services, you will have to pay a large bill for the cost of the rescue. This alone may cost thousands of euros, particularly if a helicopter has been deployed. Costs vary according to the municipalities.
A specific travel insurance policy may be useful, especially for activities like skiing, even for backcountry-skiing or other activities in high mountains.
Check if you have access to travel cover through your credit card when paying the ski pass with it for example.
Also on site, many skiing areas offer the possibility to subscribe to insurance. Inquire about the terms and conditions of such insurances before the beginning of the stay, in order to ensure that this insurance meets your needs.