Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Tonight is the night! Thanks to our sponsors for making it happen!

Thank you to all our sponsors who have helped make Diva Night happen. We truly thank you for the opportunity to honour some special women in the industry, provide travel grants to several female presenters, and foster a sense of community among women in the avalanche field.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Thanks to the AAA, CAA and AIARE

Thanks to the American Avalanche Association, the Canadian Avalanche Association and the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education for their support of Diva Night on September 30, 2014 in Banff! All of these organizations are strong supporters of women in the avalanche and snow science industry.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Venue Change: Diva Night now at the Dancing Sasquatch

Important note: VENUE CHANGE! Diva Night is moving to the Dancing Sasquatch, and we can't wait. Bring your RAD outfit for a night on the town! Join a gathering of female snow and avalanche professionals from around the world, and come honour and celebrate with the ISSW Avalanche Divas! Come to the Dancing Sasquatch in downtown Banff on Tuesday, September 30 to meet other women in the avalanche industry and help us celebrate colleagues who have made significant contributions to the community. A night of tapas, wine, dancing, great stories and SWAG. The fun starts at 7:00pm, and we'll let the guys join in once the dancing begins at 9:00pm. The event is open to avalanche professionals who are not attending ISSW. Tickets are available through bank transfer to avalanchedivas2014@gmail.com or at the door.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Nominate a Diva by July 31!

The Avalanche Divas would like to ask for your input nominating honorees for the 2014 Divas Night event. Please nominate your friend and/or colleague for the 2014 event based on their contribution to the field of snow science and avalanche safety through research, mentorship, or leadership. The women selected will be honored at the Divas' Night so they must be attending the event. Please email your nominations to Emily Grady at egrady@avalancheassociation.ca by July 31, 2014.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Our Past Divas

At every Divas Night, we honour women who have made a big impact on the avalanche industry. Here are the past winners. Congratulations to all!

2013 Grenoble
Margarita Eglit, Oceane Vibert

2012 Anchorage
Penny Goddard, Florence Naaim
Tribute to Cora Shea and Alaskan Spirit Award to Kirsten Kremer

2010 Squaw Valley
Paoloa Dellavedova, Sylvia Forest, Jos Lang, Patty Morrison, Lori Zacaruk, 
Special Spouse Award to Doris Hendrickson

2009 Davos
Cécile Coléou, Nina Levy, Margherita Maggioni, Glòria Marti, Betty Sovilla

2008 Whistler
Lin Ballard, Mary Clayton, Margie Jamieson, Nancy Pfeiffer, Lynne Wolfe 

2006 Telluride
Betsy Armstrong, Patti Burnette, Jill Fredston, Fay Johnson, Janet Kellam, Sandy Kobrock, Evelyn Lees, Chris Pielmeier 

Do you have a notable woman to nominate? Please email Emily Grady

Friday, May 16, 2014

Cora Shea Memorial Fund - Deadline May 31

The Cora Shea Memorial Fund was established to provide modest financial assistance to women seeking to do snow or avalanche research and/or study towards professional practice in avalanche safety, education or forecasting. The fund offers up to two awards per year of CAD$750 in support of women of any nationality pursuing snow or avalanche science/research, or courses to advance their professional practice in avalanche education, avalanche safety, or forecasting. Travel and direct expenses for relevant conferences and courses are specifically included (like the International Snow Science Workshop 2014).

Those interested may send in an application to the Canadian Avalanche Foundation at info@avalanchefoundation.ca by May 31. For more information, please visit avalanche.ca/caf/programs/cora-shea-memorial-fund.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Divas' Night: Tuesday, Sept. 30 in Banff

We'd love to see you at Divas' Night at the 2014 International Snow Sciences Workshop in Banff, Alberta, Canada. Taking place on Tuesday, September 30 at 7:00 pm at the Aurora Nightclub, a cool $15.75 gets you tapas, drinks, music, stories, swag, and most importantly, a social evening with other women in the avalanche industry. Buy your tickets during the ISSW registration process or via email money transfer to avalanchedivas2014@gmail.com.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Go Divas!

Two weeks from the Divas' night, a new sponsor has arrived : GoGirl - France. Go Girls is for women who love to ski, to climb, to travel, and thus, perfect for the Divas!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Colors, dots and flowers for the Divas

Jus d'Carottes, a designer of jewelry and handbags from Grenoble, is our new sponsor for the Divas' night. There will be gifts or door prizes for all the ladies! Thank you Jus d'Carottes!

Check out the website! : www.jusdcarottes.com

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Arc'teryx and the Divas!

Lucky Divas! In addition of being an ISSW2013 sponsor, Arc'teryx will also support the Divas' night out! They will also generously offer some clothes for the raffle. Merci, Arc'teryx !

Check out their website!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Thanks to the Canadian Avalanche Association!

The Canadian Avalanche Association is often a great sponsor for the Avalanche Divas. And this will be the case again for this European edition of ISSW.
We are looking forward to chat and exchange about how avalanche safety training is conducted, in Canada, in France and elsewhere.
Many thanks to the CAA for its support!

Check the CAA website for more details: http://www.avalanche.ca/caa/about/overview

Monday, August 5, 2013

Check out the first sketches of the necklaces that will be offered to the 2013 Avalanche Divas by Wegelin!
A nice translucent rock crystal and a cute snowflake: wonderful!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Two beautiful necklaces created specially for the divas!

The French Jeweler Wegelin (www.wegelin.net) will be offering to the two 2013 Divas a necklace specially created for our event! We should soon see their first sketches...be patient!
We would like to give Wegelin a warm thank for their offer.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Support from the Petzl Foundation

We are glad to announce that the Petlz Foundation will be supporting the 2013 Avalanche Divas! The foundation will be covering the two travel awards and support part of the Divas' Night Out.

Huge thanks from the Divas!

More details about the Petzl Foundation here

Monday, June 3, 2013

Like the Divas ?

Ladies  -and gentlemen ;-) :
Like us on the Divas' facebook page !

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Two travel grants available for the Divas !

Dear Divas, 

We have the pleasure to confirm that two travel grants will be available for two divas to attend the ISSW 2013: a practitioner and a presenting scientist in need of financial support. To apply to the grant, download the form on the ISSW 2013 website, on the schedule tab, or here. Then, fill it in and send it back to mylene.bonnefoy@irstea.fr or marion.bisiaux@anena.org by July 31st.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Avalanche Divas' night 2013 coming up!

This is time to announce the 2013 edition of the 
Avalanche Divas' night!
Mark you calendars!
The Divas' night will take place the first night of the ISSW2013:
Monday, October the 7th, downtown Grenoble
Women from all around the world working in the snow and avalanche fields are welcome to join this night to meet, connect and network with each other.
To register to the Divas' night go on the ISSW 2013's website (www.issw2013.com), on the "registrations" tabs, and check the details.

More details on sponsors, presents, activities, etc.. during the evening will come soon!

Monday, September 10, 2012


Thursday, August 23, 2012





Monday, July 2, 2012

Hello again! It is time for the 2012 Avalanche Diva honoree nominations! Please send them to snowaleph@gmail.com! Thank you and hope to see you in Anchorage.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Thanks for all the great nominations! See you soon!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Last Call For Diva Nominees!

ISSW is just around the corner and we have received a number of Diva nominees. I know many of you are just starting to think winter and if you have a colleague or a friend you would like to nominate to be honored as a 2010 Diva please email before September 15th. Send your nominations to: snowaleph@gmail.com. Thanks! I look forward to seeing you all in October. Aleph

Gearing up for ISSW 2010


Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Avalanche Divas Night Out during the first European ISSW 2009 in Davos, Switzerland, 28. September 2009

The 2009 avalanche Divas are:

from left to right: Glòria Martí (Spain), Cécile Coléou (France), Margherita Maggioni (Italy), Betty Sovilla (Switzerland), Nina Levy (Switzerland).

Glòria Martí, Institut Geològic de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
Glòria Martí is a geologist of the Geological Institut of Catalonia since 1991. She developed and works in the avalanche forecasting programme, avalanche mapping and databasing for the Pyrenees. She also teaches avalanche courses and is a member of the Working Group of European Avalanche Forecasting Services.

Cécile Coléou
, CEN Centre d’Études de la Neige, Météo France, Grenoble, France
Cécile Coléou is a meteorologist and since 1986 with CEN, Grenoble. She works there as a researcher in snow modelling. Since 2004 she is head of the French Avalanche Forecasting Service. She teaches avalanche courses and is a member of the ISSW09 International Programme Advisory Board as well as a member of the Working Group of European Avalanche Forecasting Services.

Margherita Maggioni, Università di Torino, Italy
Margherita Maggioni is a physicist and her professional snow work started in 2001 with SLF. Since 2006 she has been a researcher at the University of Torino and her main fields of interest are avalanche dynamics and snow cover evolution. She is a member of the ISSW09 International Programme Advisory Board.

Betty Sovilla
, WSL Institute for Snow and Avalanche Research SLF, Davos, Switzerland
Betty Sovilla is a civil engineer and worked as a researcher with SLF since 2000. For the last three years she was head of the SLF Avalanche Dynamics Group and in charge of the large-scale avalanche dynamics test site Vallée de la Sionne, Switzerland. Previously, she also worked for the Avalanche Center at Arabba, Italy and consulted for the Italian National Electric Power Corporation.

Nina Levy, observation network SLF, Sedrun, Switzerland
Nina Levy has worked as a snow and avalanche observer for the Swiss Avalanche Forecasting Service and observation network since 1976. During the last years, she also worked as field instructor in the SLF snow and avalanche courses.

The Avalanche Divas were nominated by the ISSW organising committee, the ISSW09 International Programme Advisory Board and the previously presented Avalanche Divas.

The attendees were:

56 female snow and avalanche professionals from Europe, USA and Canada.

The sponsors were:

The third ISSW Divas Night was supported by our main sponsors WSL Diversity & Equality, Helibernina, Black Diamond, Pistil Designs and Wild Roses as well as our co-sponsors Business Professional Women, ScienceCity Davos, the American Avalanche Association and Babes in the Backcountry. Furthermore, the ISSW 2009 Organizing Committee and SLF provided financial and administrative support.

The organizers were:

Marion Berner, Cornelia Gansner, Christine Huovinen, Corina Lardelli, Birgit Ottmer, Marcia Phillips, Christine Pielmeier, Betty Sovilla and Julia Wessels from SLF, Davos.

Avalanche Divas Night at the ISSW 2009 in Davos!!!

Gruezi Avalanche Divas!

The Avalanche Divas are coming to Switzerland. The first Divas Night Out in Europe is happening at the ISSW 2009 in Davos on Monday, September 28th, 2009.

We, a group of SLF-employees, are very happy to host this event in Davos, the highest-located city in Europe.

We thank our sponsors who are very interested to support the meeting of female snow and avalanche professionals. Cheers to them!

We are looking forward to see you in Davos and to celebrate a great party:

For further information see also the ISSW website.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Our New Blog!!

Greetings Avalanche Divas, 

Welcome to your blog! This format will provide women from all over the world who are working in the snow and avalanche industry to share stories, seek advice, network, provide mentorship and to connect - at least until we can meet in person at the next ISSW. 

We have recently purchased the domain, www.avalanchedivas.org and are looking for sponsorship to fund a simple website. We need $500 to get it going and $85/year for hosting fees. Please let me know if you know of any companies or organizations that may be interested in powering our site!! 

And as you know, Leslie and I are looking for a couple of gals to take over planning the Divas Night Out for the next ISSWs in Davos (2009) and Squaw Valley (2010). 

We look forward to seeing how this evolves! 

Nicole Greene

Avalanche Divas Facts

2008 Avalanche Divas Night Out Event Poster

2008 Avalanche Diva Honorees

2008 Avalanche Diva Honorees

2008 Avalanche Divas Night Out Photo

2008 Honoree Presentations

Dale Atkins presenting Lin Ballard
Sarah Carpenter presenting Lynne Wolfe
Sylvia Forest presenting Mary Clayton
Eeva Latuso presenting Nancy Pfeiffer
Tannis Dakin presenting Margie Jamieson