ISTA ST1 - Package Hotel Marmotte

Deepen your knowledge of avalanche awareness!

Get the basic skills and knowledge of avalanche awareness and risk management during 2 course days. Combine with 2 overnight stay in the cosy Hotel Marmotte.

You learn how to deal with the necessary equipment to save someone and how you should behave in an emergency. The course takes place directly on the snow, so you have the best chance to deepen your knowledge.


Included services Hotel Marmotte:
2 overnight stays in a double room*
rich breakfast buffet
Shuttle service at arrival and departure
free wi-fi
free use of the spa
(dogs stay for free)

*Reservation of a single room possible!. Add the additional option "single room Hotel Marmotte" after the normal booking process.


Included services of the ISTA ST1 avalanche course:
avalanche rescue set (avalanche transceiver, shovel, probe)
ISTA Discovery course documents
ISTA Discovery badge
499 ISTA points which can be redeemed at selected ISTA partners.


Conditions of participation:
The participants need good to very good ski/snowboard skills. Accident insurance is the participants’ responsibility. Unaccompanied minors need written permission from their legal guardian. We reserve the right to adjust the program to the prevailing conditions.



Day 1:
You will get an introduction and information on ISTA (International Snow Training Academy) and the methods which are used to evaluate risks on the mountain. This includes how to recognize and minimize the different risks to which you may be confronted with in the backcountry terrain and deep snow. You will then put your new knowledge into practice, assessing the terrain and the risk and how best to communicate outside the marked pistes. Dealing with avalanche transceiver, probe and shovel is repeated and applied in practical exercises.
Starting time: 8.30 am


Day 2:
The second day is designed similarly to the first day of the course, allowing you to apply what you have learned in practical exercises and to gain confidence. You also have the opportunity to ask any questions and discuss with the other members and the instructor.
Starting time: 8.30 am



The cozy, traditional "Marmotte" is a hotel in typical Valais chalet-style in a quite location in the centre of Saas-Fee.

The spa area includes a sauna and a steam bath. All the rooms have cable-TV, desk and hair drier. The à-la-carte restaurant Essstube serves classic Swiss dishes from Tuesday to Sunday. Most of the used ingredients derive from local suppliers and organic cultivation. Relax at the fireplace in the bar of the hotel.

The Hotel Marmotte offers a free luggage transport from and to the car park at your arrival and departure. In plus, you have the possibility to use a ski depot at the cable-car station for free.

You wil receive the guest card of Saas-Fee which includes the following advantages:
From June to October - free use of the public transports and cable-ways in Saas Valley (except Metro Alpine)
From October to April - free use of the public transports
Reduction on a lot of free-time activities


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