Why ISTA? Avalanches are not a twist of fate. Practitioners change, habits change – despite the wide range of rescue gear available, risks related to avalanches don’t change! True education can save your life and that of others. - Approximately 200 people die every year in avalanche in the Alps, US and Canada. - 90% of avalanches involving skiers are triggered by the skier himself. - 1 in 2 avalanche victims people die. YOUR MOST VALUABLE SAFETY TOOL IS YOUR MIND! Avalanche training opportunities vary from country to country and very often cater to advanced amateurs and professionals. ISTA’s training program is intended for the general public and is delivered by affiliated instructors (ski teachers and mountain guides). The goal is not to provide extra equipment, but rather the knowledge and skills required to assess and prevent risk. ISTA is innovative in that it offers a concrete, unique and unmatched response to the need for increased safety in the mountains. You have the gear - now boost your skills!