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International Snow Training Academy off to a new start right in time for powder season

Winter is arriving and ISTA – the International Snow Training Academy – is striving for new heights: its founder, freeride pioneer Dominique Perret, recently bought-out the company with two investors and intends to become a leader in training programmes for off-piste enthusiasts.

Based in the incu­bator of the prestigious Lausanne Hotel School (EHL), the company is active in more than six countries and offers theoretical and practical courses aimed at minimising the risks during mountain outings, with a strong focus on prevention. ISTA courses are targeted at the wider public keen to venture off the beaten tracks as well as to advanced powder enthusiasts. Organised over one or two days in more than 40 ski stations in Europe, the courses are delivered in four languages by 500+ trained instructors. They can be also booked as team building events. ISTA enjoys the support of several resorts, such as Verbier, Zermatt, Saas-Fee and Hochfügen, which are all active supporters, and ambassadors, of whom many competed in the Freeride World Tour.

“In Switzerland, the number of off-piste accidents has increased by 223% since 2005 and approximately 1,000 cases per winter season are currently being reported. Very sadly, last year, 29 people died in Switzerland” explains Dominique Perret. He adds: “Skiers or members of their group trigger 90% of avalanches.Although rescue gear has seen improvements throughout the years, it’s almost useless without adequate training. This is where ISTA comes in. Our focus is on education and prevention.”

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