Well well, and to think at one time we got on. First off, you are not a ski instructor or a high mountain guide unless you have passed some qualifications I do not know about. If you have then fair enough and I apologies but what are these new qualifications you have? Unless you have gained something since we last spoke, do not try and give me advice, you are no more qualified and a lot less experienced than I am in the mountains so please do not start preaching at me.
Regarding our research. Nobody pretended to be anything other than who they were, members of the public looking for information about off piste insurance. Some were people with policies and they made that clear, others were open about making enquiries regarding taking out new policies. The questions were all asked in an open and frank manner. Nothing was done to trick anyone so get your facts correct.
The responses we have been given, in all cases did not come from telephone people, but more senior members of staff in the form of emails, verbal details have not been posted. As to the results of this research, yes whether you like it or not things are changing and people are finding the details we are sharing very interesting and want me to continue to do so.The wording in policies is being reviewed by the companies, there words not ours.
If you had concerns about what I was posting, why did you not contact me, you could have very easily done so instead of posting your rants in places on the Internet that I do not visit very often.
In all the posts that have been shared, those posting the information have made it clear that people should read what has been posted and make up there own minds, nobody is selling anything, just sharing what has been told to them. A very useful thing to be done and something I have not myself come across covering this range of companies in this depth about one aspect of insurance before, so as far as I am concerned it is original research and very interesting. You can think what you like.
I am pleased to hear that you would always carry your kit with you, unfortunately there are many people that do not do this when off piste. By bring this topic into the public area it makes people more aware of the risks they are taking and that is a very good thing.
Regarding my understanding of Avalanche levels, one point of this exercise is to show how different companies use different words and do not follow the standard way levels are described so quite often causing misunderstanding. This has already had a positive effect and some companies have said they are looking at ways of improving this understanding of what they really mean.
I could go on further, but I think that is enough. Whether you like what we are doing or not is up to you, but please do not rant about me, giving the appearance that you are more knowledgeable than us about this subject, or are you an underwriter and have not admitted this??