The International Council for Ski Mountaineering Competition (ISMC)was founded in 1999 as an internal body of the UIAA “Union Internationale des Associations d’Alpinisme”. The ISMC was created to govern and administer the sport of ski mountaineering competition, replacing the CISAC the “Comité International pour le Ski Alpinisme de Compétition” founded in Barcelona in 1988.
On 6 October 2007, the General Assembly of UIAA approved their new statutes, where the figure of “unit member” was created. As consequence of this change, it was necessary to constitute an independent “international competition federation with its own juridical personality”, namely the “International Ski Mountaineering Federation (ISMF).”
The Constitutional Assembly of the ISMF members held in Champéry, Portes du Soleil, Switzerland on 27 February 2008 has decided to continue to administer ski mountaineering competitions as an International Federation with its own legal entity.