Poor snow conditions have led to an increase in travel insurance claims, InsureandGo has reported.

The travel insurance specialist has estimated that there were 11,000 medical claims over the past two months relating to skiing and snowboarding.

InsureandGo's Perry Wilson said: “Europe has seen one of the warmest winters on record which has meant that pistes have become more prone to rocks and ice, contributing to more injuries. It has also meant that many more skiers and snowboarders are tackling off-piste runs which are more difficult to manage and increase the chances of an injury occurring — especially if you are inexperienced.

“In addition to this, those resorts where there is good snow are becoming more crowded, increasing the chances of suffering an accident through collision.”