Bonnets off to miei amici and a Holidos and don’ts shout-out to Italian winter ski insurance… and a pioneering first.
Because gli italiani have become the first to insist on Italian winter ski insurance to stay on the slopes.
Which they are backing up by setting a £100-£150 fine for failure to have the right insurance.
And the withdrawal of your ski pass.
A word on Aussie rules
No, not quite Aussie rules and while I want to know what Novak Djokovic has to hide, am I alone in thinking PM Scott Morrison is grandstanding?
Insurance, and more importantly full targeted insurance, should be a no-brainer, for your ski holiday.
And the Ski Club of Great Britain lead the way on this too.
Swiss Florence Nightingale
Insurance, of course, has always been an extra which some weigh up when working out their holiday budget.
But a salutary tale here of an old friend from Ireland, Ed, who broke his leg on the slopes in Switzerland.
He was though looked after royally by his Swiss hosts.
And as is his way (and mine too tbh) he dined out on his cast for months after his return.
Now we can’t promise you the Swiss Florence Nightingale here, Sara, who looked after him in skiing Nirvana Switzerland.
I am glad to hear though that Sara, who is fronting up the Swiss mission in Japan now, is welcoming the first snows of the year there.
And particularly as she has written warmly and poignantly about her own past challenges with severe Covid.
A bientot France
As my own ski trip to France has now been put off until March while notre amis catch up with travel changes elsewhere a silver lining.
There’s more time to get into practise on the dry slopes here.
And should you be planning a trip to Italy, or indeed anywhere, to put some money aside as a failsafe for your Italian winter ski insurance.
And should you do so, I’d expect you’re checking out our go-to providers Topflight.