Imagine if you will standing at the base of the Uncompahgre Gorge, ax in hand, gear at the ready, surveying a world of ice. The canyon walls reflect a kaleidoscope of colors as you begin your ascent. It is quiet in the gorge; the only sounds, the clinking of gear and the occasional call to each other. Everything narrows to just you and the ice. It is beautiful.

Standing above, watchers gaze down in wonder at the sheer  athleticism and focus required to navigate the frozen walls of the canyon, and it is beautiful.

The Ouray Ice Festival is an opportunity to share the ice with some of the most talented climbers in the world. The park is filled with like minded enthusiasts and vendors displaying all of the newest and best gear. Climbing clinics  and seminars, taught by a mixture of professional athletes and guides, provide participants of every skill level with a plethora of knowledge. 

Two competitions will be held at the Ice Festival, the Elite Mixed Climbing Competition on Saturday, January 26, and the Hari Berger Speed Climbing Competition on Sunday, January 27, 2019. Nightly events include a live and silent auction, dance party and a variety of presentations  from some of the top climbers in the sport.

Every year, as ice enthusiasts gather, the energy bursts with the joy of winter sports and the Ouray Ice Park. Regardless of whether you are a seasoned climber, or just beginning to have an interest, the Ice Fest is sure to be an experience you will never forget.

Following is a schedule of events during Ice Fest, January 24-27, 2019:

THURSDAY, JAN. 24

  • Kick-off Party Sponsored by RAB and The American Alpine Club: Music by Rapidgrass, Silent Auction and Beer provided by Upslope Brewing Company

Location: Ouray Community Center – Time: 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Doors Open at 7 p.m – Price: $10

FRIDAY, JAN. 25

  • Outdoor Gear Expo

Location: Ouray Ice Park – Time: 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

  • Ouray Ice Festival Clinics

Location: Ouray Ice Park – Time: 9:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.

  • Free Adult Walk-Up Climbing

Location: Ouray Ice Park (near the upper bridge) – Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

  • Chicks Climbing and Skiing 20th Anniversary Celebration, Short Film & Panel Discussion, DJ Bibi Mcgill Dance Party, Silent Auction and Beer provided by Upslope Brewing Company

Location: Ouray Community Center – Time: 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Doors open at 7 p.m. – Price: $25

SATURDAY, JAN. 26, 2019

  • Ouray Ice Festival Elite Mixed Climbing Competition

Location: Ouray Ice Park – Time: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

  • Outdoor Gear Expo

Location: Ouray Ice Park – Time: 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

  • Ouray Ice Festival Clinics

Location: Ouray Ice Park – Time: 9:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.

  • Free Adult Walk-Up Climbing

Location: Ouray Ice Park (near the upper bridge) – Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

  • Free Kids Climbing College

Location Ouray Ice Park (near the upper bridge) – Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

  • Live Auction, Jeff Lowe Award & Savoye Award, Multimedia Presentations, Beer Provided by Upslope Brewing Company,

Location: Ouray Community Center – Time: 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m., Doors open at 6 p.m. – Price: $25

Presentation 1: Marcus Garcia

Presentation 2: Nick Bullock

  • Petzl Party, Music by DJ Bibi Mcgill, Beer Provided by Upslope Brewing Company

Location: Ouray Community Center (340 6th Ave) – Theme: Steam Punk – Time: 10 p.m. – 1 a.m. – Price: $20

SUNDAY, JAN. 27

  • Outdoor Gear Expo

Location: Ouray Ice Park – Time: 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

  • Ouray Ice Festival Clinics

Location: Ouray Ice Park – Time: 9:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.

  • Free Adult Walk-Up Climbing

Location: Ouray Ice Park (near the upper bridge) – Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

  • Free Kids Climbing College

Location Ouray Ice Park (near the upper bridge) – Time: 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

  • Hari Berger Speed Competition Sponsored by LOWA

Location: Ouray Ice Park – Time: 9 a.m.

  • Asolo Awards Ceremony

Location: Ouray Ice Park, Lower Bridge – Time: 1 p.m.

  • Memorial Gathering in Celebration of Jeff Lowe, Pat O’Donnell, Charlotte Fox and others

Location: Memorial Kiosk, Upper Bridge – Time: 2 p.m.

  • Jeff Lowe Memorial Night, Stand Up Comedy with Monte Montepare, Re-release of Mountain of Storms Presented by Patagonia, Snacks and Beer Provided by Patagonia Provisions

Location: The Wright Opera House – Time: 5:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m. – Price: $20

 

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