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.


• Friday•

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.

* Saturday •

All Day

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

CAMP USA Fast & Light Alpinism Workshop

2-Day Adventure Photography Workshop - Day 1

Saturday Morning Clinics

Women's Beginner Clinic benefitting Advocates for Victims of Violence - WAIT LIST

Co-Ed Novice Clinic

Saturday Afternoon Clinics

Adaptive Clinic with Chad Jukes

Women's Intermediate Ice benefitting Advocates for Victims of Violence

Saturday Evening

7 p.m. Gear Clinic at The Prospector with libations, snacks and deals

9 p.m. Doors open at Civic Center for more screaming deals in our Silent Auction followed by . . .

Dance Party with The Unfaithful Lovers. Non-climber tickets available at the door. Non-climbers rate $10 at the door at the Civic Center.


All Day

Open Climbing 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

CAMP USA Fast & Light Alpinism Workshop

2-Day Adventure Photography Clinic - Day 2

Speed Climbing Comp - High Noon

Sunday Morning Clinic

Co-Ed Intermediate Clinic - SOLD OUT

Sunday Afternoon Clinic

Intro to Leading 


Epic Bonfire Feast! Tickets include spaghetti feed, bonfire & DJ. All ages. Starts at 6 p.m. Non-climbers rate $20 at the door.

• Monday • 

Open Climbing starts at 9 a.m. 

Bridal Veil, ice; Tunnel Wall, dry tooling

Noon -  Dry Tooling Competition, Tunnel Wall

Morning Clinic

Intro to Dry Tooling with Nathan Kutcher and Rebecca Lewis





General Admission Tickets. Your ice fest registration includes daily open climbing from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Also includes entry to all evening social events: Mountainfilm, Silent Auction followed by Dance Party with The Unfaithful Lovers, the Sunday Bonfire Feast plus beer all weekend provided by Broken Tooth Brewing. 

Scroll to view all available clinics. There's lots this year! One final clinic we almost have sewn up will be a Photography Workshop with noted noted adventure photographers Ace Kvale and The CAMP Light and Fast Alpinism Clinic is all-inclusive meaning a full-access festival pass is included. All other clinics may be purchased a la carte.

New this year! Try Cool, New Gear!

New this year, Ice Fest Passholders will be issued free gear demo cards that can be used to checkout the latest gear from CAMP-USA, Black Diamond, Petzl and others we hope to announce soon. Ice Fest participants should still plan to bring their own gear (Boots, Crampons, Helmet and Harness) but now you'll have a chance to try the latest in ice climbing gear technology too.

Levitation 49 Welcomes Maxim Ropes to Valdez

Levitation 49 is proud to welcome Maxim Ropes, a new Gold sponsor to Valdez for both our ice and rock climbing festivals. 

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!


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