Thanks to all our sponsors, our hard-working volunteers and all the amazing climbers - from newbies to the advanced - who joined in making this year's Valdez Ice Climbing Festival so much fun. Come back and see us next year! 

Enjoy the videos, news and stay tuned for the photo gallery.


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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.

She Jumps Womens Clinics - 10 a.m.

Nova Glacier Guides Clinics - 1 p.m.

Dance Party at Eagles Hall, 121 Hazelet Ave. Opening slide shows with Kirsten Kremer and Ace Kvale, music by Tanana Rafters. Non-climber tickets available at the door, $10. Must be 21. 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. Turn right just before Valdez Glacier Stream Bridge. Tickets include food, bonfire and entertainment. $10 at the door. All ages. Doors open at 6 p.m.


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

11 a.m. Dry Tooling Competition, Tunnel Wall




Levitation 49 is pleased to present an Adventure Photography Workshop with renowned professional photographer Ace Kvale. Hone your photographic skills with this 3-day intensive hands-on workshop led by professional explorer and adventure photographer Ace Kvale. In this weekend workshop you'll use the ice climbing festival as your canvas to create compelling magazine quality images, document your travels or simply make better photos of your friends and family. Designed for anyone who would like to take their photography to the next level. Under Ace's expert tutelage, participants will focus on visual story telling, shooting for magazines and building a portfolio. Register a la carte for $329, or all-inclusive for $769.


Ice festival participants will be required to bring their own gear (Boots, Crampons, Helmet and Harness) to the 2016 Valdez Ice Climbing Festival. There will be many ice tools for folks who don’t have their own.

Alaska Mountaineering & Hiking

Alaska Mountaineering and Hiking is offering a weekend deal: You can rent boots, crampons, and helmet for $36.00. If you have your own helmet, you can rent gear at the discounted rate of $27.50 You can call in reverse gear and pick it up on Thursday 2/11 and return it by Tuesday 2/16. This is an amazing deal offered exclusively to participants! Act fast, last year AMH ran out of gear quickly!

NOVA Glacier Guides:

NOVA Glacier Guides will also be offering a LIMITED amount of gear at the Festival. This will offered at the rate of $20.00/Day without being enrolled in one of NOVA’s clinics and $15.00 if enrolled in a NOVA clinic.



• 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.


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.