2016icepark.jpgFor over twenty years now, Ouray has celebrated the natural beauty of the Uncompahgre Gorge with a man-made ice park – the biggest in the country! where else can one experience the sport of ice climbing on such an epic scale, while at the same time less than a mile from town?
This year marks the 21 Annual Ouray Ice festival. The park itself is free, and maintained by a group of volunteers whose passion for the sport is contagious. The Ice Festival serves to raise much needed funds for the maintenance and growth of the ouray Ice Park.


icefest-4.jpgThis January, world renowned athletes compete in front of and audience of hundreds in the Elite Mixed Climbing Competition on Saturday, January 16, 2016 and the Hari Berger Speed Climbing competition, hosted by Lowa Boots, on Sunday, January 17, 2016. Spectators and competitors alike will enjoy more than the two main competions, however. From Climbing Clinics to Equipment demos, to dance parties, the Ouray Ice festival is a three day extravaganza, transforming the tiny town of Ouray into a sports enthusiasts playground of adrenaline pumping fun.
 

Thursday, January 14, 2016 – Kick Off Party

icepark3-5.jpgSponsored by RAB, American Alpine Club and Upslope Brewing Company – At the Ouray  Community Center (340 6th Ave), from 7:00pm – 9:30pm. Price: $10.00

What better way to start a festival weekend than with a festive night of meeting and greeting! Live music with the band Rapid Grass, winners of the 2015 Rockygrass Band Competition, followed by a special presentation of the short film “Zion Ice” with Angela Van Wiemeersch.

Friday, January 15, 2016 

Be sure to be up early so that you can enjoy all of the great interactive clinics, and check out some awesome gear at the Ice Park all day on Friday! But be sure to save some energy for the silent auction and dinner, as well as presentations and a great film at the Wright Opera House.

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

Ouray Ice Festival Clinics
icepark30-5.jpgLocation: 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
Dinner provided by the Ouray Volunteer Fire Department,
Beer provided by Upslope Brewing Company, Music, Silent Auction
and Presentations

Location: Community Center (340 6th Ave)
Time: 5:00pm – 9:30pm
Price: $30.00
Dinner: 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Silent Auction: 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Presentation: Angelika Rainer 7:30pm-8:30pm
Presentation: Kitty Calhoun 8:30pm -9:30pm
dZi Foundation Presents MountainFilm
“Transforming Nepal’s remote communities since 1998”
Location: Wright Opera House
Time: 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Price: $20.00
 

SATURDAY JANUARY 16, 2016

ourayiceparkmap-4.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
Ouray Ice Festival Elite Mixed Climbing Competition
Location: Ouray Ice Park
Time: 9:00am-3:00pm
wall-2.jpgLive Auction, Beer Provided by Upslope Brewing Company, Presentation,
Jeff Lowe Award, Music

Location: Community Center (340 6th Ave)
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Price: $20.00
Presentation: Emily Harrington 7:00pm – 8:00pm
dZi Foundation presents Mountain Film. Beer will be provided
“Transforming Nepal’s remote communities since 1998”
Location: Wright Opera House (472 Main Street)
Time: 7:00pm-10:00pm
Price: $20.00
Petzl Party! Beer Provided by Upslope Brewing Company
Location: Community Center (340 6th Ave)
Theme: Ice Pirates!…ARRR!
Time: 9:30pm – 1:00am
Price: $20.00

SUNDAY JANUARY 17, 2016

Outdoor Gear Expo
Location: Ouray Ice Park
Time: 8:00am-2:00pm

ice4-1.jpgOuray 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
Closing Party: dZi Foundation presents Mountain Film. Beer will be provided
“Transforming Nepal’s remote communities since 1998”
Location: Wright Opera House (472 Main Street)
Time: 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Price: $10.00

Regardless of your level of experience in the sport of Ice Climbing, whether you are a seasoned climber or curious to see what all the fuss is about, the Ouray Ice Festival is the place for you this year! Watching the competition from the top of the gorge is breathtaking. The variety of gear and equipment available at the park during the festival is a little bt of everything, from specialized equipment to apparel that’s just perfect for keeping warm.

Hot_Spring_Tubs_in_Winter-2.jpgAt the end of the day, before heading downtown for the plethora of evening entertainment, nothing quite compares to relaxing in the warm soothing waters of the hot springs to soak out the cold of the ice park. The Box Canyon Lodge & Hot Springs is a proud sponsor of the Ouray Ice Park, and offers a significant discount on your stay for those who chose to purchase an annual membership to the Ice Park. The money collected for memberships also helps to keep the park free for everyone to come to ouray and experience this fantastic sport.

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