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The International Snow Science Workshop (ISSW) will be held in Fernie, October 4-9 2020.

The Elk Valley Snow and Avalanche Workshop is the official organising body for the event and will be working hard from now until October 2020 to present an engaging and informative conference for the snow science world.

NOVEMBER 10, 2018: Elk Valley Snow and Avalanche Workshop 

A day of workshops with a similar format to ISSW, of 30-minute presentations on a variety of snow and avalanche related topics. This one-day seminar welcomes avalanche professionals and recreationalists alike to engage in vibrant discussions and learn from fellow avalanche practitioners. A variety of research topics, case studies of past events and information on the latest snow safety gear will be presented.

  • Discover what the Avalanche Canada South Rockies Team learned from tricky conditions, avalanche incidents and near misses last season
  • Learn all about the "Fernie Factor" and how to predict your next powder day
  • Master medical care for avalanche survivors
  • Explore new digital tools for navigation


  • Registration now open until October 20: Regular price $20.00
  • Late registrations available Oct 21 - Nov 10: $30.00
  • Limited space available
  • You must purchase a ticket for your registration to be valid


Lunch and coffee will be available for purchase at the auditorium. An apres-social at the Cast Iron Grill, located at the near-by Fernie Golf Club, will provide opportunities to meet new backcountry partners and network with professionals in your community.

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