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ISSW 1980: November 3-5, Vancouver, British Columbia

1980 Proceedings (Papers now hosted on-line at Montana State University)

Chair: Peter Schaerer
250 participants; 28 papers; 4 countries

The workshop format continued, although the size had more than doubled since 1976. An attempt was made to “bring together those engaged in programs of avalanche protection, in order to exchange ideas, review recent experience, and define needs for development and research.” Topics were limited to avalanche hazard forecasting and public education, but this included papers on the collection of snowpack and weather information as well as, techniques in hazard evaluation.

Each session began with a speaker who summarized the topic.


The field trip was to Whistler Mountain.


Additionally, meetings of avalanche safety operators in Canada led to the formation of the Canadian Avalanche Association.

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