ISSW in Fernie postponed to October 2021; virtual session set for October ’20

The International Snow Science Workshop (ISSW) is a gathering for people who love snow. This week-long conference is held every two years in a location that alternates between the U.S., Canada, and Europe. The next ISSW will be held in Fernie, B.C., October 3 to 8, 2021, which means it’s a great opportunity for those of us in western Canada who work—and play—in the snow to attend. The workshop, originally scheduled for October 2020, was postponed for one year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related concerns.

While plans for the ISSW 2021 in Fernie are still in place, the organizing committee has made the exciting decision to host a virtual two-day conference October 5 and 6 this fall.

The Virtual Snow Science Workshop, VSSW 2020, will be livestreamed, with 14 international-calibre invited speakers, two panel discussions, and two interactive poster sessions—one timed optimally for a North American audience, and one timed for a European audience. More information on the VSSW can be found here: Registration opens September 1, and early-bird pricing of $30 ends September 30.

Participating in an ISSW or an VSSW is always a great experience, both intellectually and socially. Check out and keep an eye on that site as updates, and more events and opportunities are posted.

A number of members of the avalanche education group within the CSP Mountain Division and generally the CSP are expecting to attend Fernie 2021 as part of their ongoing professional development efforts.

If you’ve attended an ISSSW before, you’ll know what a great experience it is. And if you’ve never attended, Fernie 2021 is going to be a great place to start. Hope to see you there!

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