Though the eighty-plus climbing clinics offered during the weekend-long festival have sold out, theres still plenty to do. The festival begins tonight with local guide Clint Cooks slide show of San Juan Mountain ice climbs, but the main competition is on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., when seasoned climbers go head to head a challenge that makes for an awesome spectator sport. Its kind of like the X Games for climbers, says festival director Erin Eddy. Also on the agenda are a daily outdoor bazaar, nightly speakers, fundraising dinners/auctions and parties.
Cooks slide show starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Main Street Theater, 630 Main Street; a $10 ticket includes New Belgium beer. For a complete schedule, visit www.ourayicefestival.com or call 1-970-325-4288.
Jan. 9-13, 2009