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Welcome to the 2017 Southern Hemisphere Alpine Conference (SHAC)


Formerly the Southern Hemisphere Avalanche Conference, the 2017 conference broadens its focus to alpine snow environments, and brings together New Zealand and international delegates who are interested in helping to shape the future of alpine snow safety. 

Delegates will include snow safety professionals, guides, search and rescue specialists, outdoor educators, researchers, weather forecasters, commercial operators, land managers, mountain enthusiasts and more... 

The SHAC has three key objectives

1. To provide a platform for people interested in alpine snow environments to share ideas, network and enhance their knowledge and practical skills 

2. To build strong partnerships that connect our alpine community together, and

3. To generate opportunities to develop future strategies and collaborations that help more people stay safe in the outdoors.

UPDATE: Call For Presentations & Workshops 

Please follow THIS LINK for more information. 

A diverse programme will engage delegates in a mix of interactive sessions: plenary/keynotes and presentations to share ideas and thought leadership, practical workshops to develop new skills and enhanced capabilities, and panel discussions that provide a platform for exchange and debate. Strands will include: 

  • Weather and Climate
  • Risk Management and Public Safety
  • Teaching, Learning and Alpine Culture
  • Decision-Making 
  • Science and Research 
  • International Trends and Directions 

People interested in presenting or facilitating a session at the conference are invited to contact Laura Adams, the SHAC Convener. 

Alpine Exhibition
A wide range of exhibitors will be showcasing the latest alpine products and technologies, innovations and best practices and commercial services, including offering a series of mini-workshops throughout the conference. 


Convener - Laura Adams:

These will open early 2017, please follow our Alpine Facebook page as we announce further details.


Registrations open early 2017, stay updated:


Download the info poster

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