CANCELED: 88th Western Snow Conference

Snow Measurements and Water Management

When: 20 April 2020 to 23 April 2020

Where: Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

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After extensive deliberation and careful consideration, the Western Snow Conference has made the difficult decision to cancel the 88th annual meeting scheduled for April 20-23, 2020 due to health concerns associated with COVID-19.

WSC has been closely monitoring updates and recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), as well as state, local, and US/Canadian governments. Over the last few weeks, there has been an increasing number of travel advisories and restrictions which would impact attendance at our conference. Of course, personal health and safety are a priority as well. Based on all these considerations, we have concluded that it is inadvisable to hold this conference at this time.

If you have already paid for the conference registration, you will receive a full refund in the same form as the original payment. If you made your hotel reservation at the Hilton Hotel Whistler within the Western Snow Conference block of rooms it has been cancelled. However, we recommend you confirm your cancellation with the hotel (+1 604-932-1982).

We are already in the planning stages for the 2021 conference, and we will notify you of the dates and location in the near future.

Thank you for your understanding in this complex situation. The health and safety of all our attendees, your families, our board members, and the community at large are of utmost importance to us. If you have any questions, please email us at info [at]

The Western Snow Conference provides a forum for individuals and organizations to share scientific, management, and socio-political information on snow and runoff from any viewpoint and advances snow and hydrologic sciences.

The Western Snow Conference is divided into four geographic areas: North Pacific, South Pacific, North Continental, and South Continental. Administration and leadership of the Conference is carried out by a General Chair and an Executive Committee representing each of the four areas.

You are invited to submit an abstract of 150 – 300 words for either an oral or poster presentation by January 31, 2020. Submit abstracts by filling out the online submission form at:

The theme for the 2020 Western Snow Conference is "snow measurements and water management". Suggested topics for paper submissions include: snow measurements and data collection, snow data in hydrology operations, change in frequency of mid-winter snowmelt, extreme snow events, and snow melt timing. Other aspects of any cryosphere topic are always welcome.

The North Pacific Committee will compile a full agenda of oral and poster papers. In addition, a Monday short course is being planned which will focus on "Satellite remote sensing of snow and ice in British Columbia”. On Thursday, the technical tour will be "A Tour of Whistler Blackcomb Operations & Fitzsimmons Creek Power Plant ".