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  • MANY cool social activities are scheduled during the ISSW 2010 week! Most are FREE events. Check out the schedule on the home page.
  • Special ISSW lodging rates are provided by the Resort at Squaw Creek. Your ISSW RSC lodging offers you to arrange for FREE transportation to and from Reno/Tahoe International Airport. Please go to the travel resources page for more information.

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OrtovoxAmerican Avalanche AssociationBCAMammutAvi VestSierra Nevada BeerSierra Nevada Beer




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The International Snow Science Workshop is a biennial meeting of the professionals who work in the field of snow science and winter recreation. This is the only such conference which takes place and has been ongoing since 1976. It is truly international with participants from countries world wide where winter sports are popular. Professionals from Europe, Russia, Asia, Australia, New Zealand and North and South America are in attendance. The workshop is designed to bring together practitioners such as ski patrollers and mountain guides, forecasters who may work for ski companies, Departments of Transportation or the US Forest Service, engineers from mining companies, architecture firms or government, scientists who teach and research snow science and others who participate in the world of snow. The conference is designed to promote the exchange of ideas and research and introduce the latest forecasting tools and winter products.


With winter sports in the backcountry growing each year, the hazard to enthusiasts is increasing. Snowboarding, hi-tech snow machines and fat skis have all contributed to the popularity of winter recreation. This is no longer the sole domain of a small group of telemarkers. Heli skiing and Cat skiing have grown in popularity and the terrain being accessed is steeper and more remote than ever before. While avalanche injuries and fatalities continue on the rise, the vast majority of these incidents are preventable. The professionals who attend the ISSW have dedicated their lives to education, forecasting, and communication with the backcountry using public. The work saves lives and promotes safe winter backcountry travel for winter enthusiasts.


Resort at Squaw CreekWe are all in this together. The companies who manufacture the products used by winter sports enthusiasts, the buying public and the professionals who try to keep them safe have a common goal. To safely and enjoyably promote and use the vast winter resources available to us. Avalanche injuries and fatalities negatively affect all of us. Obviously devastating to family and friends, these incidents also give rise to a general feeling of danger and discomfort sometimes associated with winter backcountry recreation. The industry benefits by supporting those who are dedicated to keeping the public safe through science, research, forecasting and communication.

The ISSW 2010 is taking place in Squaw Valley, CA site of the 1960 Winter Olympics. The venue is the Resort at Squaw Creek. The previous two ISSW confrences have attracted over 800 registrants. Because of relative accessibility, we expect ISSW 2010 to attract between 850 and 900 participants. This core group of winter recreation leaders are who the public looks to for guidance in product use. Whether it is clothing, camping, skiing, snow boarding, instrumentation, measuring equipment or avalanche mitigation systems, your company needs to be in front of this group. Members of this the group often decide on the purchase of anything from uniforms for a ski area to weather instrumentation, from rental equipment to outfitting heli operations. Almost any product being used by winter recreationists is being tested and used by members at this conference.

The ISSW 2010 is being conducted under the auspices of the American Avalanche Association, a 501(c) non-profit corporation incorporated in Utah. Your sponsorship may well qualify as a tax deductible gift because of this arrangement.

Your company logo and tag line will get maximum exposure on our web site linked to both the Canadian and American Avalanche Associations. Many premier companies have been supportive of the ISSW over the years. We hope you will look over the information below and choose to join these companies in supporting the ISSW and safety in the back country.


PRESENTING SPONSOR (2) $18,000 (plus $1,000 in product)

Company logo and tag line as part of the title of the ISSW 2010.
Acknowledgement as presenting sponsor on all printed material including program book, proceedings book, CD, posters, flyers, banners and merchandise.
Large logo presence and link on all web pages of ISSW 2010.
Banner with logo at entrance to the conference.
Banner with logo above speaker podium.
Prime space for exhibit at the entrance to the conference rooms maximizing exposure.
Opportunity for gift placement in welcoming bag.
Four passes to the conference.
One deluxe fireplace suite at the Resort at Squaw Creek (Sleeps four).
Four passes to the banquet.

SUPPORTING SPONSOR (9) $9,000 (plus $1,000 in product)

Company logo and tag line on all printed material including program book, proceedings book, CD, posters, flyers and banners.
Logo presence and link on all web pages of ISSW 2010.
Premium booth space in the foyer area where participants are congregating for breaks.
Opportunity for gift placement in welcoming bag.
Two passes to the conference.
Deluxe room (sleeps two).
Two passes to the banquet.

CONTRIBUTING SPONSOR (6) $4,000 (plus $1,000 in product)

Company logo on printed material including program book, proceedings book, posters and flyers.
Logo presence on all web pages of ISSW 2010.
Booth space in hall leading to conference rooms.
Sponsorship of one of the coffee breaks.
Opportunity for gift placement in welcoming bag.
Two passes to the conference.
Two passes to the banquet.
SPONSOR (no limit) $1,000

Company logo in program book.
Verbal acknowledgement to the conference before a session.
Space in exhibition room for your banner (space is limited).
Logo presence on website of ISSW 2010.

EXHIBITORS (21) $500

Ten foot by ten foot space in exhibition room. This room is adjacent to the conference room and will be the poster room as well ensuring maximum traffic.

Sponsorship space will be limited so it is recommended that you let us know if you are interested soon!

Please make checks payable to “ISSW 2010”, and mail to:
Lel Tone
Sponsor Chair
ISSW 2010
PO Box 3445
Olympic Valley, Ca. 96146
ph (530) 412-1496