Sweden 2009-12-02

Dear IVSS Friends,

As one part of our members is closing for the season the other part is preparing and many have already started the winter work.
After the successful GA Assembly in St: Anton April 20, 2009 there has been a lot of work done.

At the GA the board got the OK for member fees starting 2010 and to make everything secure we have created a bank account for IVSS in Sweden. Everything according to Swedish law so that the control over the money is regulated.

During the summer we have adjusted the bylaws to a more modern version and at the same time changed them so they match the bylaws for Interski International. These bylaws will be sent out to the member countries so we can process them in time for the Interski congress in St. Anton 2011.
The bylaws will then be on the agenda at the IVSS GA, in St. Anton, 2011.

As a result of the boards wish to be more active in our contact with the member countries we were invited to Macedonia, 1-4 of October, 2009 where we had a board meeting and also seminars together with our Macedonians friends. The days were a great success and the board wishes to continue this process in the future.  Please read our Macedonian friends thoughts from the meeting on the IVSS homepage (under News).

The best news for now is that we have launched the new website for IVSS and there you will find a lot of exiting material in the future that will be useful in your work within the IVSS family. We really hope that the site will be a living one and that we all can contribute with thoughts and material.
Under Best practice you will find projects and other good ideas to support your important work. Everyone is more than welcome to contribute and when you want something posted please send it to:  guenther.apflauer@bmukk.gv.at

In the beginning of November I attended the Interski Presidium meeting in Stockholm and the work for the Interski Congress in St. Anton, 15.01-22.01.2011 is in progress. St. Anton is doing a great job and I am sure that it will be a Congress that we will remember for a long time. The Presidium decided to take major steps in terms of PR to make Interski International a well known world wide brand.
In my opinion a necessary step to promote snow sport as a whole.

I hope that your important work in the field of IVSS is positive and hope that we, all together, can develop our common issues within our different countries in a positive way.

I wish you a Merry Chrismas & A Happy New Year! 

Klas ├ůstrand
Pres. IVSS