The 2017 edition of the Valdez Ice Climbing Festival returns with more ice, more gear, and more fun.

Check out this video from our perennially popular Women's Clinic.




Welcome reception & Mountainfilm, Valdez Civic Center, on the hill overlooking the harbor at 110 Clifton Court. Non-climbers rate: $10 at the door. Festival registration, single night film ticket sales, and beer garden opens at 6 p.m.; Films start at 7:30 p.m.


Climbing 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Womens Clinic - 10 a.m. - Noon

Alaska Mountaineering School Clinics 

Dance Party at Valdez Civic Center, 110 Clifton Court, overlooking the harbor. Non-climber tickets available at the door, Live music and silent auction. $10. Doors open at 8 p.m.


Climbing 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Speed Climbing Competition, Noon

Bonfire Feast with fire and aerial silk performers at Old Town. From town, turn right just before Valdez Glacier Stream Bridge. Tickets include food, bonfire and entertainment. $20 at the door. All ages. Doors open at 6 p.m.


Climbing starts at 10 a.m. Bridal Veil, ice; Tunnel Wall, dry tooling.

11 a.m. Dry Tooling Competition, Tunnel Wall


A word about Gear and Gear Rentals

Ice Fest welcomes CAMP this year, bringing sets of shiny, new demo gear, Ice Fest participants should plan to bring their own gear (Boots, Crampons, Helmet and Harness) to the 2017 Valdez Ice Climbing Festival. 

Alaska Mountaineering & Hiking rental gear

Alaska Mountaineering and Hiking is offering a weekend package rental deal. If you already have your own helmet, you can rent gear at a reduced rate. You can call and reserve gear to pick it up on Thursday 2/16 and return it by Tuesday 2/21. This is an amazing deal offered exclusively to participants! Act fast, last year AMH ran out of gear quickly!

Alaska Mountaineering School clinics

This year we are proud to welcome Alaska Mountaineering School as the official clinic hosts. More details available soon. 



2017 details will be posted by Nov. 1, 2016

• Mountain Sky Hotel & Suites, 100 Meals Ave., Valdez, AK 99686; 800.478.4445. Mention VICF to get a discounted rate of $89 for a standard King room; $99 for an Executive King Room. Subject to availability. Get a good night's sleep and walk to restaurants, groceries and in-town Ice Fest social events. Call 800.478.4445 and don't forget to mention VICF to get the discounted room rate.

• Totem Inn & Suites, 114 Egan Ave., Valdez, AK 99686; 888.808.4431. Mention "Ice Fest" to get a discounted rate of $89.20 for a standard room. Located near the small boat harbor, walk to night life and enjoy huge Alaska style breakfasts in the morning, a popular soup and salad bar and home-style dinners at this lodge, restaurant and one of the most extensive gift shops in Valdez. Call 888.808.4431 and mention Ice Fest to get your discounted room.

Best Western Harbor Inn, 100 Harbor Dr. Valdez, AK 99686. 888.222.3440; 907.835.3434. Located at the small boat harbor, all rates include breakfast bar. Bar on site. Closest hotel to the Civic Center. 


Social media. The Valdez Ice Climbing Fest embraces social media and loves our friends and fans on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and beyond. Please use #valdezicefest on all your posts.

Traditional media. Writers, photographers and videographers will be on site this year.  Only pre-approved media will be permitted on designated fixed lines. Contact us at [levitation49 at gmail dot com] if you would like to join the media corps.



What do you think? Read this Alaska Dispatch News recap from 2016 by Loren Holmes.