It is deeply engrained within our human nature, especially in those who partake in our adrenaline-fuelled sports, not to follow the path set out for us. However, on the mountains and without the proper knowledge, ducking the rope and leaving the piste to find new and exciting routes presents a unique set of challenges and dangers.
The International Snow Training Academy (ISTA), aims to provide education to the new breed of skier with a consistent and methodical grounding in snow safety. Pulling on the knowledge of 40 experts across the fields of psychology, pedagogy, snow safety, meteorology but also mountain guides and snow sports professionals, ISTA have created a programme that can be applied to any ski area across a broad spectrum of snow sports. The course focuses on instilling the information that allows an individual to avoid ever entering a situation where an avalanche could be triggered. Participants are taught rescue technique, however the attitude and habits of the seasoned but perhaps under-prepared skier is what the course aims to change. For those already with knowledge, ISTA doesn’t aim to replace competencies but add to the expertise. The entire method is based around the four pillars of; universal terminology, knowledge of what to do before, during and after an incident, certified and progressive education and a human-factors self-assessment.