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Fernie Represented at International Conference

Tuesday • November 27, 2018

Fernie, B.C.was represented at the 2018 International Snow Science Workshop (ISSW) recently held in Innsbruck, Austria.

This biennial conference held in North America and Europe brings together researchers and practitioners from all over the world to facilitate the interdisciplinary exchange of ideas and experiences.  

In 2016, Fernie was selected as the Canadian location for the 2020 ISSW Conference, which will be held in Fernie, October 4-9, 2020. This 6-day conferencewill welcome 1000+ participants from 25 countries and poised to generate between $1.5-$2 million for the Fernie economy, benefiting accommodation, retail, dining, activity, transportation & service industry.

Members from Elk Valley Snow and Avalanche Workshop Society (EVSAW) attended the Innsbruck conference in preparation for the 2020 event. Fernie was featured with a prominently located exhibit, highlighted within conference materials and showcased in the final event of the conference, Fernie Night.  Important networking connections were made with the organizing committees, industry partners and the 1100+ attendees representing over 27 countries. 

The EVSAW Society is a not-for-profit organization created to support the ISSW 2020 conference and contribute to ongoing avalanche awareness and education in Fernie and surrounding area.  

On November 10th, 2018, Fernie will play host to the first ever Elk Valley Snow Avalanche Workshop. This one-day event serves as a lead-in to the 2020 conference, welcoming avalanche professionals and recreationalists alike to engage in a day of collective discussion and engaging presentations on a variety of winter backcountry topics. Vendors and operators will also be on hand demonstrating the latest in equipment and services to public.

For information on the upcoming EVSAW workshop and the ISSW 2020 conference, visit: and

Submitted Photo (Back Row L-R): Olivia Johnson, Andre Labine, Annica Collombin, Andrew Stockman, Sue Boyd, Rick Schroeder, Doug Feely, (Front Row L-R): Steve Kuijt, Vanessa Croome, Jen Coulter, Christine Grimble. Missing: Mike Delich, Nicole Matei, Mark Gallup, Robin Siggers & Nakoda Mason

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