Field Trips

ISSW 2014 Field Trips

Sitting, listening, learning and presenting can be hard work. That is why ISSW has a tradition of splitting the 'inside' elements of the ISSW conference into two sessions and offering a mid-week outside 'activity day'. 

Wednesday, October 1 is the mid-week "activity day". When registering, participants are able to choose their activity and destination(s) for the day. There are several options to chose from that will appeal to all interests and desired activity levels. Registration for the field trips is limited and booked on a first come, first served basis.

Field trip participants will receive an email if specific gear or instructions are required.  Don't forget to pick up your bag lunch (ticket required) in the Kinnear building on October 1st between 8:30 and 9:30am.  Questions can be sent to

with Registration

No fee

Sunshine Village
Ski Area Hike & Avalanche
Program Tour

Head up to the famous Sunshine Meadows for an easy hike in the sub-alpine Larch scattered forests surrounding Rock Isle Lake: the Larches will be a golden yellow at this time of year.  Make several stops on the way up to hear about the avalanche control programs of Parks Canada (who control the access road) and the ski resort's avalanche control department, including some unique approaches to terrain access. Learn some of the history of the area and of the evolution of the avalanche programs, with some wild tales of historic avalanche events. Picnic lunch with a fine view - modified indoor option if the weather isn't co-operating. Capacity: 150 people

Registration Closes September 24 at 5pm.

Lake Louise
Ski Area Hike & Avalanche
Program Tour

Ride a lift to your setting-off point at Lake Louise Ski Resort for a rewarding hike of only moderate difficulty. Learn the peak names and listen to stories of the rich history of the area and how the avalanche program is run. Picnic lunch with postcard views - stormy day modified option possible. Capacity: FULL

Parks Canada
Avalanche Program Tour
to Yoho Park

This tour starts with a presentation of Parks Canada's avalanche control program in Banff, Yoho and Kootenay Parks before boarding a bus to see some of the terrain first-hand. Stops will include the Sunshine Village access road; the Lake O'hara parking lot (looking accross at Mt Bosworth);  the Kicking Horse pass (Mt Stephen); and Emerald Lake. Participants will hear about the avalanche terrain that effects the Trans-Canada Highway, the Canadian Pacific Railroad, the Field Waterfall Ice Climbs, the Emerald Lake Slide Path and the Sunshine Village access road and parking lot.  This area has a lot of terrain and lots of fascinating history. Picnic lunch at a scenic location.  Capacity: FULL




Not Included
with Registration

Fee Based


$131.25/person (incl. GST)

Join fellow ISSW participants for a fun, relaxed 18-hole golf tournament at the world-famous  Banff Springs Golf Club. BBQ lunch provided, golf club rentals not included.  Capacity: 30 people.

Registration CLOSED.


$84/person (incl. GST)

This is a brand new alpine adventure offered at the local Banff ski hill. Take a half-day guided tour across the steep mountainsides of Mt. Norquay, following a series of metal ladders and wire safety lines. Enjoy lunch in the ski lodge with stories about historic events and how the avalanche control program is run.  Capacity: 32 people

Registration closes September 24 at 5pm.


$78.75/person (incl. GST)

Enjoy a picnic lunch near the Bow River before embarking on a 3-hour guided tour through the surrounding Banff backcountry in a timeless fashion – on the back of a horse! Listen to stories of local legends and descriptions of the flora and fauna found in the area. Always a memorable experience. Capacity: 20 people.

Registration closes September 24 at 5pm.


$52.50/person (incl. GST)

Hop on a bus and head to the world-famous Canmore Nordic Centre, where a rental mountain bike will be provided for a half day of memorable riding. Trails vary from long, scenic fire roads to runs like the black diamond “coal chutes.” A self-propelled, self-guided adventure, starting with a picnic at (or near) the Nordic Centre Daylodge and ending at the Drake Pub in Canmore for a quick refreshment (provided) before heading back to Banff. Capacity: 20 people.

Registration closes September 24 at 5pm.


Pack your picnic lunch (included with ISSW registration) and set off on your own for the day. Options are almost endless: multi-pitch climbing, cragging, paddling, hiking, scrambling, gondola ride to a mountaintop viewpoint...or maybe you want to just stroll around, go to the spa and do some shopping - it's all here in Banff!

Check out the 'About Banff' tab for more information.