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2008 Ice Climbing Festivals

A variety of ice festivals are scheduled in the United State and Canada for 2008. Most include clinics for a variety of skill levels (even some for kids), gear demos, slide shows, and social events. Contact the organizers of each ice fest for specific event schedules, registration, and all other information.

Comp Climber at Ouray
Comp Climber at 2006 Ouray Ice Festival
(photo credit: Lora Slawitschka)

January 9-13, 2008
Ouray Ice Festival
(Ouray, Colo.)
The 13th annual Ouray Ice Festival offers 80+ clinics, climbing competitions, slide shows, and nightly parties, dinners, and auctions.
www.ourayicefestival.com

January 11-13, 2008
Adirondack International Mountaineering Festival
(Keene Valley, N.Y.)
The 12th annual Mountain Fest features climbing clinics, gear demos, an avalanche class, and slideshows.
www.mountaineer.com/mountainfest/mountainfest12.htm

February 1-3, 2008
Michigan Ice Climbing Festival
(Munising, Mich.)
The 25th annual Michigan Ice Fest features an ice man/woman and slackline contests, instructional courses and clinics, and opportunities to demo the latest climbing equipment and clothing.
www.downwindsports.com/ice_fest.html

February 7-10, 2008
Mount Washington Valley Ice Festival
(North Conway, N.H.)
The Mount Washington Valley Ice Festival is a weekend of ice bashing, climbing and rescue clinics for all skill levels, gear demo programs, celebrity slideshows, and après climb parties.
www.ime-usa.com/ice_festival

February 15-17, 2008
Smugglers’ Notch Ice Bash
(Jeffersonville, Vt.)
Ice tower, mixed and ice clinics, gear demos, warming hut, and more. Demo the latest ice gear from tools to screws to crampons. Join clinics from beginner ice climbing to avalanche awareness to ice rescue.
www.smuggsicebash.com

Mixed Comp Climber at Ouray ice Fest
Mixed Comp Climber at 2006 Ouray Ice Festival
(photo credit: Lora Slawitschka)

February 15-18, 2008
Water Fall Ice Festival
(Cody, Wyo.)
The 10th annual Water Fall Ice Fest features on-ice clinics from world renowned guides and climbers, contests, comps, demos, and more.
www.southforkice.com

March 2008
Nipigon Ice Fest
(Nipigon, Ontario)
www.nipigonicefest.com

 
December 5-7, 2008
Canmore Ice Climbing Festival
(Canmore, Alberta)
www.canmoreiceclimbingfestival.com

 

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