The first steps for creating ISIA were actually undertaken by the main Alpine countries, in 1962, during the Interski Congress in Monte Bondone (Italy). A first congress on a visioning for an International Association for the Professional Ski Instructors, was held in 1964, under the leadership of the French Gaston Cathiard.
ISIA was officially formed in 1970, when the first ISIA constitution was written, and when Karl Gamma became the first President. The legal site of the Association is in Bern. The headquarter was in Belp (CH) until May 2018 and is in Grainau (GER) since May 2018.
There are currently 37 member nations representing the very best in ski instruction around the world.