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22nd Annual Ice Fest in Ouray January, 2017

Posted by Maria Ziemba on Wed, Jan 04, 2017 @11:25 AM

iceparklogo-3.jpgFrom humble beginnings to its current status, the Ouray Ice Parkwelcomes everyone to explore and enjoy the sport if ice climbing. Once, just a couple of friends took a hose, creating the first climb in the park, which now boasts over 200 manmade ice and mixed climbs, 14 distinct climbing areas, and three miles of vertical terrain.

climber.jpgIt is no surprise that the Annual Ouray Ice Festival has become such a popular winter event. As the world’s best ice and mixed climbing talent compete on Saturday, January 21 and 22, 2017, fans line the Uncompahgre Gorge in quiet fascination. Vendors fill the park, offering a variety of incredible offers, and those who aren't competing have the opportunity to take part in a number of climbing clinics, learning from some of the most talented climbers in the sport.

Evenings during Ice Fest are far from quiet, with dance parties, dinners, presentations, auctions, and a number of entertaining events to share with fellow enthusiasts of the sport. This is indeed a fantastic festival, and the energy is electric!

The schedule of events for this years festival are as follows:

THURSDAY JANUARY 19, 2017

icefest2016-3.jpgKick-off Party Sponsored by RAB and The American Alpine Club
Music by Rapid Grass, Silent Auction and Beer provided by Upslope Brewing Company
Location: Community Center 320 6th Ave
Time: 7:30pm-9:30pm, Doors Open at 7pm
Price: $10.00

FRIDAY JANUARY 20, 2017

Outdoor Gear Expo
Location: Ouray Ice Park
Time: 8:00am-3:00pm

Ouray Ice Festival Clinics
Location: Ouray Ice Park
Time: 9:30am & 12:30pm

Free Adult Walk-Up Climbing
Location: Ouray Ice Park (near the upper bridge)
Time: 10:00am-3:00pm

Presentations, Silent Auction and Beer provided by Upslope Brewing Company
Location: Community Center 320 6th Ave
Time: 7:30pm-9:30pm, Doors open at 7pm
Price: $20.00
Presentation: Ines Papert Presents Riders on the Storm


SATURDAY JANUARY 21, 2017

icefarmer-1.jpgOutdoor Gear Expo
Location: Ouray Ice Park
Time: 8:00am-3:00pm

Ouray Ice Festival Clinics
Location: Ouray Ice Park
Time: 9:30am & 12:30pm

Free Adult Walk-Up Climbing
Location: Ouray Ice Park (near the upper bridge)
Time: 10:00am-3:00pm

Free Kids Climbing College
Location Ouray Ice Park (near the upper bridge)
Time: 10:00am-3:00pm

iceclimber3-3.jpgOuray Ice Festival Elite Mixed Climbing Competition
Location: Ouray Ice Park
Time: 9:00am-3:00pm

Presentations, Live Auction, Beer Provided by Upslope Brewing Company,
Jeff Lowe Award

Location: Community Center 320 6th Ave
Time: 6:30pm-9:00pm, Doors open at 6pm
Price: $20.00
Presentation 1: A Tribute to Kyle Dempster and Scott Adamson
 Road to Karakol/Desert Ice

Presentation 2: Presentation Hayden Kennedy

Petzl Party! Beer Provided by Upslope Brewing Company
Location:Community Center 320 6th Ave
Theme: Alpine Hippies
Time: 9:30pm - 1:00am
Price: $20.00


SUNDAY JANUARY 22, 2017

climbingwall.jpgOutdoor Gear Expo
Location: Ouray Ice Park
Time: 8:00am-2:00pm

Ouray Ice Festival Clinics
Location: Ouray Ice Park
Time: 9:30am & 12:30pm

Free Adult Walk-Up Climbing
Location: Ouray Ice Park (near the upper bridge)
Time: 10:00am-2:00pm

Free Kids Climbing College
Location Ouray Ice Park (near the upper bridge)
Time: 10:00am-3:00pm

Hari Berger Speed Competition Sponsored by LOWA
Location: Ouray Ice Park
Time: 9:00am

Asolo Awards Ceremony
Location: Lower Bridge
Time: 2:00 p.m.

The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs is a proud supporter of the Ouray Ice Park, offering great discounts to Ice Park members. Of course, being one of the closest hotels to the park, we are convenient for climbers as well as an easy walk to all of the great shops and restaurants on Main Street...not to mention, a nice soak in one of our four all natural hot spring tubs is a wonderful way to soothe tired muscles after a morning climb.

Give us a call, and let us help you plan your next visit!

Start Your Adventure on the Ice Today!

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