Awards & Traditions

Each year to recognize the author’s contributions at the annual meetings, awards are given for the best presentation, the best poster, and the best student presentation. The best student presentation is awarded in honor of Dr. James E. Church, the inventor of the Federal Sampler that is used by snow surveyors. The Church award includes a $250 stipend to defray costs of travel to the annual meeting. The first author of each award also receives a plaque engraved with their name and the title of their paper, providing that it is submitted to the editor for inclusion in the annual proceedings.

The traditional snowflake bolo tie with membership area colored string is the tie of choice at WSC.


In addition to the other awards, the WSC also gives the El Farsante Award to the conference attendee who has distinguished himself/herself during the prior year or at the conference by committing a memorable blunder that deserves to be commemorated. In addition to the public recognition, the awardee also receives the unique and highly-prized El Farsante statuette.


Past awards for