Friday, January 7, 2011

Interski Congress in St. Anton am Arlberg

In January 2011, already in 1991 St. Anton am Arlberg hosted the international Interski Congress for the first time, the world's biggest symposium on ski instruction will return to St. Anton am Arlberg (Tirol). The ski resort was awarded the Interski 2011 Congress on 2 February 2007 in the South Korean resort of YongPyong, where about 2000 ski school specialists from 31 national ski instructors' associations came together for their expert forum. St. Anton am Arlberg, the cradle of alpine skiing, is making every effort to be a suitable partner for Interski 2011. The resort offers all the necessary amenities, plus decades of experience organising big events, conference infrastructure, know-how, but first and foremost: "The love and unconditional passion for snow sports".
This winter the congress is again scheduled in St. Anton from 15 to 22 January, focusing on "the future of snow sports". Renowned experts from 37 different countries get together in order to discuss new trends and developments, to show their skills and latest skiing techniques.
Interski had it's beginning in Zurs, Austria, in 1951. The war had been over for 6 years and it was a time for healing and a time to proceed with life and business
Representatives of the European alpine nations met to share information on technique and teaching methodology. Interski Congresses initially were held every 2 years. The events were held every 3 years for a time and since 1971, they have been held every 4 years. The first country out-side of Europe to host an Interski Congress was the USA. This Congress was held in Aspen, Colorado in 1968. Since that time, they have been held in Germany, Czechoslovakia, Japan, Italy, Canada, and Austria. The last Congress was in January 2007 in YongPyong (Korea). From those humble beginnings in central Europe in 1951, Interski has grown to a World Wide Organization. The Congresses attract the best skiers of every nation, the ski media, industry specialists, equipment suppliers and thousands of participants.
Beyond 36 national associations from skiing countries around the world, the Interski umbrella has three main working groups under it: ISIA : the International Ski Instructors Association (the organisation for professional ski instructors); IVSI : the International Association of Ski Instructors (the organisation for amateur ski instructors); IVSS : the International Association for Skiing in Schools and Universities (the organisation school and university instructors who teach skiing as part of the curriculum.

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