The International Snow Science Workshop (ISSW) will be held in Fernie, on the rescheduled dates of October 3-8, 2021.
The International Snow and Avalanche Workshop is a biennial event dedicated to the study, understanding and development of snow science and safety. The Conference-style event attracts leaders and professionals from around the world to present an engaging and informative week of discussion, education, presentations and more for the snow science world.
The ISSW (International Snow Science Workshop) is the world’s largest conference on snow and avalanches. Its success lies in the motto: ‘A Merging of Theory and Practice‘. The thematic focus lies on current advances in snow and avalanche science, case studies and innovative technologies at an international level.
All aspects of Fernie’s unique setting and ambience – a small historic mountain town surrounded by steep mountain slopes with modern-day lifestyle and adventures – supports the ISSW and its values to ensure the successful organization and performance of the 2021 event.
Fernie is known for being a powder town receiving over 10 meters (30 feet) of snow fall annually during the winter season. It’s considered a world-class resort for all types of skiers and snowboarders attracting thousands of visitors each season. Fernie’s steep and deep terrain also makes it one of the most difficult mountain ranges to patrol and control, making it an ideal location to host the biennial event.
Approximately 1,000 participants are anticipated to attend.