The festival starts today and runs through January 13. While the experts test their skills on the ice, others can begin learning with a range of introductory, easy and intermediate ice clinics that include classes specifically for women, indoor workshops and schoolroom climbs. Educational offerings include mixed climbing and dry-tooling classes, avalanche courses and clinics on multi-pitch techniques, fundamental footwork and yoga for ice climbers. Clinics are $40, or $30 for Ice Park members. There's also a walk-up booth where you can get outfitted with appropriate equipment and start climbing right away. If being a spectator is more your thing, visit www.ourayicefestival.com for a list of categories and international competitors.
Jan. 9-13, 2008