Those who are planning to buy some ski equipment
and are novices when it comes to winter sports may be taking too many risks when they set out, a new study has found.
Research by Santander has revealed as many as 17 per cent are hitting the slopes having only practiced on a games console, rather than undertaking professional instruction.
And 23 per cent have taken to the pistes while still under the influence of alcohol from the previous evening, which the financial services provider noted is the most common cause of accidents.
The study also found one-in-seven did not check whether their holiday insurance covers them for accident and injury occurring while partaking in wintersports.
While Santander noted this lack of cover can be very expensive, Britons using the UK's ski slopes may wish to check they are covered for accidents there as well.
Wintersports beginners thinking of heading abroad may not be aware that Scotland has five ski resorts - the Nevis Range, Glencoe, Glen Shee, Cairn Gorm and The Lecht.