IASI History - Timeline
IASI was founded in 1988
The Association is run by a volunteer committee/board of management with a chair person. The association has been chaired by the following;
Timeline of significant events, international meetings attended and milestones in IASI's development;
1991 - Nadine Mangan, Gerhard Mayrhuber, Niall Carroll, Arthur Ennis, Ronan Columb and Ann O'Hanlon attend Interski Congress in St. Anton am Arlberg, Austria and lobby for IASI to be accepted as a member of ISIA.
1999 - Helen Casey and Derek Tate attend Interski Congress in Beitostolen, Norway representing Ireland and IASI.
New logo designed by Len Gallagher (which is the logo currently used today)
Derek Tate becomes Director of Training for IASI (later renamed Head of Training)
IASI runs it's first snow based training course (foundation training) from 9-16 January in St. Moritz, Switzerland. The trainer for this course is John Arnold.
2000 - IASI registeres with Companies Registration Office to become a Company Limited by Guarantee.
IASI changes its name from "Ski" to "Snowsports" and is now the "Irish Association of Snowsports Instructors".
Ian McGarry becomes the Chairman of IASI.
2001 - IASI becomes a Limited Company.
First Level 2 Assessment course is run in Passo del Tonale, Italy 13-20 January 2002. Successful candidates are Siobhain Duggan, John Corr Dawl, Lina Lyons, Fiona Duggan, Liam Williams, Colm Higgins, Tony Doran and Eric Morton.
Six IASI members travel to Loon Mountain, New Hampshire, USA to instruct on snow over the February half term period.
2002 - Momentum builds as IASI runs more and more on snow courses both in Winter and Summer with the first race coach course taking place in Les Deux Alps over the summer. The ISIA stamp and Level 3 qualification start to look like a reality.
2003 - On the 21st of March in Chamonix IASI qualifies its first Level 3 ISIA members. Colm Higgins and Liam Williams are the first members to reach this level by doing all their levels from 1 to 3 in the IASI system. In total 5 members reach this level with the others being Paddy Roche, Helen Casey and Jane McGarry.
Ian McGarry and Len Gallagher attend Interski Congress in Crans Montana, Switzerland representing Ireland and IASI.
The AGM on 6th of October has guest speakers Tom Saxlund and Graham Bell.
2004 - IASI Grading System flow chart produced detailing the pathway from Level 1 to Level 4.
2006 - Columbia Sportswear provide sponsorship of the trainers uniforms.
Siobhain Duggan is the first IASI member to pass the Alpine Level 4 Technical module.
2007 - IASI is accepted as a member of IVSI.
IASI endorse the newly published book "Parallel Dreams Alpine Skiing" which forms the basis of the association's technical content.
2008 - Kathryn Mason attends the ISIA Congress in Jesolo, Italy
2011 - Derek Tate, Pete Gillespie and Dave Murrie attend Interski Congress in St. Anton am Arlberg, Austria representing Ireland and IASI. Dave Murrie delivers a lecture presentation to other nations making it the first congress where Ireland have actively "delivered" at the congress rather than just attending.
IASI develop their Mountain Safety training courses with two award levels; Level 1 Off Piste Security and Level 2 Backcountry Security.
Pete Gillespie attends and presents at the ISIA Technical Event in Budapest, Hungary which helps set up the recognition of the association's Off Piste Mountain Safety qualifications prior to the Off Piste Technical Workshop in Davos.
2012 - Derek Tate and Robbie Fenlon attend ISIA Off Piste Technical Workshop in Davos, Switzerland. And Robbie Fenlon is honoured to lead one of the three groups (the others being led by Swiss and Italian Mountain Guides).
Pete Gillespie attends the ISIA Congress in Krakow, Poland.
2013 - IASI members attend Norwegian Telemark course at the Snow Centre Hemel Hempstead for their 2nd discipline.
A record of 11 trainers attend trainers training at Kilternan 30th September.
IASI member Wayne Fahey passes first ever Freestyle ski coaches course at the Snow Centre Hemel Hempstaed.
Pete Gillespie attends the ISIA Congress in Vuokatti, Finland.
First IASI member, Dave Murrie enters ISIA speed test in Norway.
Differentation between Membership and Licence Cards with the new cards following the ISIA pyramid scheme.
Warren Smith passes Alpine Level 4 ISIA Card and is the first member to complete all IASI Level 4 modules.
Irish Interski Team website launches in September one year before the next Interski Congress in Ushuaia, Argentina.
2015 - IASI Logo updated to new cleaner look
First IASI gap course in July/August, Cervinia, organised by Warren Smith Ski Academy
New website designed and launched in July
IASI is represented at the 2015 Interski Congress in Ushuaia, Argentina by Derek Tate, Pete Gillespie, Ali Smith, Shona Tate, Warren Smith and Vittorio Caffi. This is Ireland's biggest delegation to an Interski Congress since St. Anton 1991 and the Irish Interski Team ski in the opening and closing ceremonies, deliver two lectures and an on-snow workshop. This is Ireland's biggest ever involvement in and Interski Congress and a true milestone for IASI and Irish Snowsports.
IASI produces a technical review video from Interski 2015 which is very well received by International colleagues around the world.
Following Interski the Head of Training role becomes "Head of Training & Educational Development"
IASI runs it's first Telemark Course - Level 1 Instructor at the Snow Centre Hemel Hempstead delivered by Scott Hammond.
IASI runs it's first Race Coach Course - Level 1 at the Ski Club of Ireland, Kilternan delivered by Conor Columb.
Biggest IASI course to date with four groups running in Hintertux, Austria in December 2015.
IASI partners with Snowsport Scotland to recognise each others instructor qualifications and CPD announcing this with a press release on 17th of December 2015.
2016 - Five Alpine Level 2 Assessment courses are run with the assistance of the Licensed Course Providers.
First two entries to the Euro Speed Test.
Cillian Worrall becomes IASI's youngest Alpine Level 3 Teacher (ISIA Stamp).
Kathryn Mason and Derek Tate attend the EU Commission meeting in Brussels for the Delegated Act, 1st of February 2016.
Derek Tate attends the ISIA Delegates Assembly in Lenzerheide, Switzerland 8th & 9th of April 2016.
IASI runs their first Coaching Conference incoporating the Coaching Theory Module at the Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead from 21-23 May 2016. The event attracts 36 participants from IASI and 7 other snowsports bodies.
July - The Irish Snowspnorts Teaching Methodology (ISTM) is introduced combining the IASI philosophy and the new skill development model; Knowledge, Movements, Performance, Flow (KMPF).
September - Jamie Kagan appointed as Ireland's Interski Demo Team Coach.
New IASI logos unveiled in December 2016 for each qualification level.
2017 - Biggest number of courses run to date including Alpine L3 & L4 Technical and Teaching modules during winter 2017.
Interski High Performance Training Camp is run in Zermatt by Jamie Kagan and Federico Sollini on 22nd & 23rd of April. First event in the build up to Interski 2019 in Pamporovo, Bulgaria.
Derek Tate, Jamie Kagan and Federico Sollini attend the ISIA World Championships and Delegates Assembly in Samnaun, Switzerland, 26th to the 30th of April 2017.
At the ISIA Delegates Assembly in Samnaun, IASI Member Vittorio Caffi is elected as President of the International Ski Instructors Association (ISIA) after Riet Campbell of Switzerland retires. This is a massive honour for IASI.
ISIA hold their board meeting in Dublin to coincide with the IASI AGM.
Derek Tate takes over as Chair from Pete Gillespie while Jamie Kagan takes over as Head of Education.
2018 - Another incredible year for IASI both in terms of courses run and membership growth. Membership rises to 458.
Jamie Kagan attends the Snowsports Conference run by Snowsports Academy Austria in Kaprun 1st to 6th of May.
Derek Tate represents IASI at the ISIA Delegates Assembly in Grainau, Germany. The ISIA office is now located at the DSLV headquarters. IASI Member and ISIA President, Vittorio Caffi presides over a very successful gathering.
It is a major year for IASI resource development with the filming and launch of IASI Outcome Standards videos for Alpine levels 2, 3 & 4. And the new online IASI manual is launched with chapters being released throughout the autumn.
Interski preparations move to an unprecedented level with a selection event in St. Gervais in January followed by a first training camp in Cervinia in April, a second camp at The Snow Centre, Hemel Hempstead in September, and a third training camp in Kaprun, Austria in November. A delegation of 20+ will represent Ireland at Interski 2019 in Pamporovo with an Alpine Demo team of 10 plus 2 Telemark demonstrators. This will be the first time Ireland will have a FULL participation at an Interski congress a sure sign of IASI amazing growth and the passion of it's membership and leadership.
2019 - Interski 2019 Pamporovo is the major event of the year.
The Irish Interski Team have their fourth training camp in Pila, Italy, 4th to 7th of February.
Gap course numbers are continuing to grow with both the Warren Smith Ski Academy and BB Ski School having two groups each of Alpine Level 2 plus BB Ski School running a Snowboard Level 2 in early March.