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In the snow since 1932

The not-quite-complete Swiss snow sports chronology

  • 1927

    The first ski instructor law comes into force in the canton of Grisons and one year later in the canton of Bern.

  • 1932

    The Interverband für Skilauf (official skiing association – SIVS) is founded in Davos on 7 November and the first assembly of delegates takes place on 3 September 1933.

  • 1933

    12 ski instructor courses are already carried out in various resorts.

    A Swiss Ski School working committee is established on the initiative of the Swiss hoteliers association.

    The first course for ski school directors takes place in Engelberg in the same year.

  • 1934

    54 ski schools now give a total of 100,000 half-day lessons.

    The “Schweizerische Skischulverband” (SSSV – Swiss Ski School Association) is founded in Zurich on 13 September.

  • 1990s

    The standardisation of ski instructor training begins, previously having been carried out by SIVS and the individual cantons with differing content.

    A snowboard instructor training course is created and the disciplines of cross country skiing and telemarking are integrated into the course.

  • 1999

    A major goal is achieved with the publication of the teaching manual “Snow Sports Switzerland” which mainly covers what the various items of snow sports equipment have in common.

    The customer retention programme Swiss Snow League (SSLE) is created for the disciplines skiing and snowboarding. It replaces the “Swiss Ski Test” which had been running since 1938.

  • 2001

    The Swiss Snow Kids Village (SSKV) is created for the youngest snow sports enthusiasts. It is based consistently on the concepts of the teaching manuals, like the Swiss Snow League.

  • 2002

    The two umbrella associations SIVS and SSSV are merged to form Swiss Snowsports on 5 September.

    The first Swiss Snow Happening is held in Samnaun. The Swiss championships of the ski and snowboard schools are integrated.

  • 2003

    The Interski congress takes place in Crans-Montana and is mainly organised by Swiss Snowsports.

    The regulations of the professional training as a “snow sports instructor with Swiss Federal Diploma” are approved by the Federal Council. The first diploma certificates are handed over at the Swiss Snow Happening in Engelberg.

  • 2007-2010

    Swiss Snowsports and the Swiss Ski and Snowboard Schools have been shaping and promoting snow sports in Switzerland for 75 years. During the anniversary celebrations in the winter season 2007/08, various activities are carried out to promote snow sports throughout Switzerland.

    The partnership with Switzerland Tourism is established.


  • 2010/2011

    The Snow Sports Switzerland series of teaching manuals is published.

    It consists of 7 volumes and is produced in German, French and Italian. Three of these teaching manuals are inter-disciplinary (snow sports instruction, tourism + law, and off-piste + tours), the remaining four are specific to a discipline (skiing, snowboarding, telemarking and cross-country skiing).

  • 2011/2012

    There is a breakthrough in snow sports instructor training.

    189 graduates receive the Swiss Federal Diploma Certificate. That is five times more than the previous year and sets a new record for the number of participants in the history of snow sports instructor training.