To hold the event, the non-profit ice park and the Ouray Chamber of Commerce tap into the towns 500,000-gallon water tank to shower a mile-long stretch of gorge into one giant, man-made winter playground. The festival, which kicks off tonight at 6:30 p.m. on Ourays Main Street and runs through Sunday, features climbing clinics, gear auctions, adventure films, sponsor swag and slide shows; it typically raises about half the revenue necessary to keep the Ouray Ice Park running throughout the season.
Plus, as Eddy notes, Theres going to be a lot of New Belgium beer. For more information, visit http://ourayicefestival.com or call 970-325-4288.
Jan. 7-10, 2010