The International Snow Science Workshop (ISSW) exists to facilitate the interdisciplinary exchange of ideas and experiences between snow science researchers and practitioners. The motto of the International Snow Science Workshop is "A Merging of Theory and Practice". ISSW hosts a biennial conference in North America and Europe that brings together researchers and practioners from all over the world. ISSWs are geographically rotated between USA-Europe-Canada.

The next ISSW Conference, ISSW 2016, will be held in Breckenridge, Colorado, USA: from October 3-7, 2016. The website is now online (although still under construction),Visit the ISSW2016 website

A site has been approved for ISSW 2018. It will be held in Innsbruck, Austria. The dates have now been firmly decided and will be October 7th - 12th, 2018.

The right to host ISSW 2020 is open to sites within Canada. The right to host ISSW 2022 is open to sites within the US. ISSWs are usually awarded 4 years in advance; however, proposal can be considered earlier. Groups interested in hosting ISSW in the future can contact the Secretary, Rich Marriott at:

Previous ISSWs And ISSW Proceedings

Summaries of the history of each ISSW are provided below, including archived versions of their websites from 1996 onward. All ISSW Papers and Abstracts are now available online. The ISSW Proceedings database project was a joint development effort of Montana State University Library Digital Collections and the ISSW Steering Committee. Additional funding for the Project was provided by the Canadian Avalanche Association and the American Avalanche Association. Click here for the ISSW Proceedings Database.

For Information about ISSW contact: