Welcome to Fernie and the ISSW 2020

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 local, national and international participants, including industry experts, decision-makers and stakeholders, are expected to attend the ISSW in 2021. 

The typically broad audience of the ISSW includes scientists and practitioners from engineering, infrastructure, ski resorts, forecasting and warning services, ski and mountain guiding, search and rescue, medicine, research and education, as well as the tourism industry. 

We very much look forward to welcoming you to Fernie in 2021! 

Best regards,
Steve Kuijt, on behalf of the EVSAW Society Organizing Committee

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