IFSI : Organisation

What is the IFSI?


IVSI : Internationaler Verband der Schneesport-Instruktorun
In English : IFSI = International Federation of Snowsport Instructors

An international organisation that regroups the non-professional instructors of national ski federations and/or snow sports.

Headquarters: Munich

President : Norbert Barthle

Website: www.ivsi.info

The IFSI is one of the three pillars of the INTERSKI organisation that federates teaching and management of snowsports worldwide.

The ISA (International Ski Instructor’s Association) which federates professional teachers of snowsports and the IVSS (International Association of Snowsports for Schools and Universities) are the two other organisations.

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IFSI : Membership

Who are IFSI members and instructors?


Any manager of a national federation affiliated to IFSI trained as a manager and/ot instructor and recognized as qualified to manage and/or teach a snow sport at all teaching levels.

In France, any non-professional 2nd degree level federal instructor of the French Ski Federation is an IFSI instructor.

21 countries now have a snowsport federation affiliated to IFSI: Germany, Austria, Belgium, South Korea, Croatia, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Liechtenstein, Montenegro, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Serbia, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, The Czech Republic.

Worldwide: 40’000 non-professional IFSI members snowsport’s instructors.

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The IFSI Congress

IFSI hosts a convention every 4 years since 1969, in a ski resort of a country with a snowsports federation affiliated to IFSI.

Objectives: allow all IFSI members to share techniques, teaching and safety methods in snowsports. It is also an excellent means to discover and promote a region and a ski resort.

Around 250 to 300 persons participate in each congress and are as many ambassadors when returning home.

France has been chosen for the third time in 40 years since the beginning of these congresses to host the 2012-2013 winter convention.

The 2013 Congress will be held at the Alpe d’Huez ski resort.


Past conventions (1969-2005):
1969 Mürren (Switzerland)
1973 Chamonix (France)
1977 Altaussee (Austria)
1981 Oberstdorf (Germany)
1985 Vuokatti (Finland)
1989 Shiga Kogen (Japan)
1993 Beitostoelen (Norway)
1997 La Tanja (France)
2001 Zakopane (Poland)
2005 Lech/Arlberg (Austria)
2009 Matraszentistvan (Hungary)

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