Snow professionals heading to Louisville

Plans are set for Snow Conference

The Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory (courtesy of the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau)

The North American Snow Conference, the premier event for snow and ice management, will take place April 13-16 at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, Kentucky. Hosted by APWA's Kentucky Chapter, the conference will bring together more than 1,000 participants to learn about the latest innovations, successful practices, and strategies in winter operations and snowfighting techniques.

Host City: Louisville, Kentucky
Situated on the banks of the Ohio River, downtown Louisville has undergone an amazing transformation in the past few years, including an enhanced Waterfront Park and Fourth Street Live!, a thriving restaurant, entertainment and retail district just blocks from the official Snow Conference hotels. Just a short taxi ride away is the East End's Bardstown Road district with more great restaurants and night life. Also within walking distance of the downtown hotels are several unique and fun museums—the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory, the Muhammad Ali Center, and the Frazier International History Museum, just to name a few. And of course, Louisville is the home of legendary and historic Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby.

The Snow Conference exhibits, education sessions, and onsite registration will be located at the Kentucky International Convention Center. Special APWA room rates are available at the official Snow Conference hotels—the Marriott Louisville Downtown and the Galt House Hotel & Suites, both located within walking distance of the convention center and connected by pedway.

For more information about Louisville, visit the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau website at

Attendees check out the vehicles and equipment at last year's Snow Conference in St. Paul, Minnesota.

The Snow Conference show floor just keeps getting better! For the third year in a row, Snow Conference exhibitors will be displaying heavy equipment and motorized vehicles. Come slam some doors, kick some tires, and see the latest and greatest in winter maintenance products and equipment from the more than 120 participating companies. Visit for a current list of this year's exhibitors.

The Snow Conference education program includes great keynote speakers and the always-popular Snow Conference Talk Show, as well as more than 40 education sessions, roundtables and technical tours to choose from. This education program will help you stay abreast of the latest state-of-the-art practices and procedures in snow and ice control and winter road maintenance. You'll come away with specific ideas to fine-tune your winter operations program.

Technical Tours
The morning of Wednesday, April 16, is dedicated entirely to the technical tour program. There is no additional cost, but space is limited so be sure to check the appropriate box on your registration form if you plan to participate.

One of the snowplows at the Louisville Regional Airport Authority's maintenance facility

Tour 1: Airport Snow Removal Equipment
Held at the Louisville Regional Airport Authority's maintenance facility, this tour will highlight a variety of snow removal equipment utilized to remove snow from the runways and taxiways at Louisville International Airport. The airport is home to the all-points hub for United Parcel Service (UPS), requiring staff at the airport authority to keep the airfield open 24/7 for use by UPS. During this tour you will see deicing equipment with 75-foot booms used to deice the 150-foot-wide runways and 75-foot taxiways. Additionally, you will come face to face with 22-foot-wide high-speed snow brooms and plows. The plows are used for moving large loads of snow from the airfield, while the brooms remove finer snow particles. Staff will be on hand to describe how they keep the airport operational despite the most severe snow and ice events that Mother Nature can dish out.

Tour 2: Louisville Underground
Converted from an active limestone mine in the early 1970s, the Louisville Underground has developed into a multifaceted facility that not only holds reserve salt storage for Louisville Metro Government and the State Highway Department, but also stores original films from major motion pictures and much more. This facility uses innovative structural fill made of recycled materials to serve as foundations for the four million square feet of underground storage. Learn about the interesting history of the cavern system, including details of a huge civil defense shelter used during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, as well as the innovative thinking behind some upcoming enhancements.

Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky (courtesy of the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau)

Social Activities
There's plenty of exciting social activities, too. The Kentucky Chapter will welcome you to Louisville and the Snow Conference with an opening reception on the exhibit floor on Sunday afternoon. On Tuesday evening a special event is offered—Kentucky Derby Night at Churchill Downs. While there won't be any horses racing on the track that evening, you'll still have some fun with mock video racing.

If golf is on your mind, be sure to take part in the Kentucky Chapter Golf Scramble on April 16 at Seneca Golf Course, rated the sixth-toughest course in Kentucky and voted "Best of Louisville" for several years running. Lunch will be at noon with a 1:00 p.m. shotgun start. For more information or to register, contact Brian Bobo at or (502) 584-4118.

Finally, if you happen to come to Louisville on Saturday, April 12 (a day before the conference begins), be sure to take in Thunder Over Louisville, the largest annual fireworks and pyrotechnics display in North America—a full half-hour of continuous fireworks lighting up the sky and set to music.

Group Discounts
Send 10 or more people from your agency and receive a flat one-day registration rate of $150 per person. Registrants must be employed by the same agency, but are not required to attend on the same day or to be members of APWA. This special rate is not applicable to multiple days for any one person. One-day registrations are available for Sunday, Monday or Tuesday. Sunday includes the reception on the exhibit floor. Monday and Tuesday include lunch. Tuesday does not include the Kentucky Derby Night event, but you can purchase tickets onsite for an additional cost. Preregistration is required. Contact Brenda Shaver at or (816) 595-5240 if you would like to register a group.

See pages 11-14 for more details on the conference or visit the Snow Conference website at