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Don’t Gamble on the slopes, Be covered, Be Insured

February 21, 2011 in Insurewithease, Ski Holiday Insurance, Weekly Update

DON’T TAKE A GAMBLE ON THE SLOPES THIS HALF TERM reminds families to get winter sports insurance
in case of accidents

As the countdown starts for half-term breaks, many families will be planning to hit the slopes. But leading online ski insurance provider,, is warning about the financial and emotional risks, if skiers don’t get the right travel cover. It only takes a broken limb to see medical costs abroad start to soar, according to which saw the average cost of a winter sports claim come in at just under £500. Yet a Winter Sports Travel Insurance policy for a whole family* could cost as little as £300.00 with

“Whether a family are snowboarding in Bulgaria or skiing in the French Alps, the first rule of winter sports is get adequate insurance,” says Sarah Findlay, Online Marketing Manager for “Not many people can afford to add another £500 onto the cost of their holiday, at short notice, but that could be the reality if you come a cropper on the slopes, without travel insurance.”

“An accident as simple as a torn ligament or sprain could set a family back hundreds of pounds in medical bills. And this can quickly soar into several thousands if someone needs an air ambulance to lift them from the slopes to a hospital.” claims data shows that 55% of winter sports claims are for medical reasons, with fractures and broken bones being the biggest cause of a claim at 15%. While the average cost of a claim is £478, a serious leg fracture in US resorts such as Colorado or Lake Tahoe, could cost as much as $43,000(USD), or in Eastern Europe charges could reach £10,000.

Families heading to the EU should apply for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), which entitles them to some free or reduced price medical treatments. However, the EHIC won’t cover the cost of air ambulances, trip cancellation or repatriation, so the best protection is adequate travel insurance.

Findlay concludes, “Anyone travelling to winter sports resorts without winter sports insurance could find themselves paying considerably more for their holiday, if they have an accident.

“ offers a range of flexible policies including free cover for children on single trip policies, all in a matter of clicks. Even a short trip can end up costing thousands if someone falls ill or has an accident, so travelling with the right level of insurance is crucial for that added peace of mind. If the worst does happen, holidaymakers will want to know that their costs are covered and that they will be taken care of when they need it most.” Winter Sports Travel Insurance provides a full range of ski insurance policies catering for families, couples and single holidaymakers. The policy gives travellers the essential elements of travel insurance cover for their trip, with the flexibility to adjust the policy to fit personal requirements.

Key benefits
− FREE cover for children on single trip policies
− Cover for your own or hired equipment, ski passes and ski packs as well as avalanche and piste closure cover
− Excess waiver available on all policies
− Airspace closure cover available
− Travel dispute cover available
− 24-hour worldwide medical emergency assistance
− Text message service providing policy number and emergency assistance details

January 2011
*Quote based on a five day winter sports trip to France for a family of two adults and two children, correct as of 28 January 2011.

Sunglass Hut Artist Series – limited edition collection

December 20, 2010 in Clothing & Accessories, Hardware, Sunglasses


Sunglass Hut has just launched the Sunglass Hut Artist Series limited collection, designed by Mike Ming, a Brooklyn-based painter whose work has been seen from murals on tobacco barns of North Carolina to Tokyo Japan’s revolutionary art gallery, Dyezu-Experiment.

Artist Series Sunglasses

Ming uniquely designed 100 pair of sunglasses exclusively for the Sunglass Hut Artist Series, which will become available on Each piece retails for $175.00, $30.00 of which will be donated to OneSight.

A video detailing the project can be viewed:

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For Immediate Release
Sunglass Hut Unveils Mike Ming’s Exclusive Collection
for the Sunglass Hut Artist Series

(New York, NY) December 16, 2010 – Sunglass Hut is pleased to announce the return of the Sunglass Hut Artist Series, an annual program, which sources up-and-coming artists to create exclusive collectible sunglasses in support of OneSight – the charitable foundation created to help restore and preserve clear vision for adults and children in need worldwide.. This year, Sunglass Hut has partnered with Mike Ming, a Brooklyn-based painter whose work has been seen from murals on tobacco barns of North Carolina to Tokyo Japan’s revolutionary art gallery, Dyezu-Experiment.

Ming has uniquely designed 100 pair of Ray-Ban Wayfarers exclusively for the Sunglass Hut Artist Series.  Each frame is signed and numbered by the artist and comes with a certificate of authenticity.  Mike’s work deals with a melting of interests, hobbies, techniques and narratives. His style evolved from his childhood interests of comics, cartoons, visual contemporary/modern arts, museums, popular culture as well as ‘primitive’ and aboriginal imagery and prehistoric/timeless designs. The collection will be available exclusively on beginning Thursday, December 16th. Each piece retails for $175.00, $30.00 of which will be donated to OneSight.

“We’re thrilled to work with Mike Ming for the latest installment of the Sunglass Hut Artist Series,” said Marcello Favagrossa, Vice President of Marketing, Sunglass Hut North America. “With his bold and fluid use of color to illustrate movement and motion that is reminiscent of bike riding, skateboarding, and surfing, Mike brings a new chapter to the history of the Artist Series.  He has created a must-have accessory just in time for the holiday season.  Each piece in this limited edition collection is truly a piece of art.”  He continued, “As a retailer, the Sunglass Hut Artist Series allows us to maintain our commitment to the consumer to offer a fresh, fun perspective on the eyewear category.  This collection is expected to be a best-seller for”

The work of Mike Ming is made up of drips, blots and lines, which create an artistic communication within the artwork. The movement in shape creates rhythms, melodies and exclamations similar to those made in music. Ming’s creations are dictated by influences, visual references, and immediate stimulation/experiences.

“It is an honor to follow in the footsteps of the other artists who have had the privilege to create works of art for the Sunglass Hut Artist Series,” said Mike Ming. “I was excited to use sunglasses as my canvas and have my work contribute to a great charitable cause.”

The Sunglass Hut Artist Series was founded in 2009 and has featured the works of artists Chris Mendoza and Maya Hayuk.

OneSight is a family of charitable programs dedicated to improving vision for those in need worldwide, through outreach, research and education.  Since 1988, their global programs have helped more than six million people around the world see more clearly.  OneSight also supports research and education, granting more than $6 million towards vision preservation and thousands of dollars in scholarships to students pursuing a degree in optometry.