ISTA: Knowledge about snow provides security


Anyone skiing or trekking off-piste is exposed to danger in some circumstances. To prevent avalanche accidents, backcountry recreationists can attend ISTA courses in Zermatt. To increase the safety of the guests, Zermatt Tourism supports this academy.

ISTA stands for International Snow Training Academy. The organisation is part of an international network and offers avalanche training programmes for everyone engaged in mountain sports. Over 40 experts from nine different countries on three continents developed the training concept. The education programmes are primarily conceived for those who do snow sports and who have a certain experience level in freeride or backcountry skiing. 

Courses Teach Safety

The main focus of these courses is prevention. Participants expand their knowledge about snow and reduce their risk off pistes. With this acquired knowledge, those taking part have a greater awareness of security, which leads to more freedom and greater enjoyment. The rescue director Anjan Truffer is part of the programme in Zermatt along with Ski Schools Prato Borni, Stoked and the Swiss Ski School. The courses are supported by Zermatt Tourism and the Zermatt Hotelier Association.