“It will make you 1932 euros”
Contrary to popular belief, rescue stations are not free: since the Mining Act of 1987, mayors can send bills to users.
“In the past, the case was handled by the gendarmes. But with the explosion of practice, the pathfinder profession came into existence, and aid had to be funded,” explains Jacques Gales, director of paths and safety at Ax-Trois-Domaines. At the same time, an insurance system is being created at the stations through various companies. “For another 3 euros a day, you are insured,” the cashier suggests.
In Aks, an average of 50% of skiers take Assur’Glisse. Others are convinced that they are already insured by their credit card or other insurances. “Except that it rarely happens,” counters Jacques Gales. Only high-end cards offer this type of service. In short, if you haven’t taken out high-risk (very expensive) sports insurance, it’s very likely that your eyes will only cry when it’s time for the tray.
Depending on the stations, the distance to the nearest hospital and the ambulance market, prices can be astronomical… In Ax-les-Thermes, they are also displayed at the entrance to the station. If you subscribe to it, in the event of an accident, rescue costs are covered, as well as the possible repatriation of the victim and his family, while ski passes and ski lessons are reimbursed. Never before have three euros been so well spent…