The American Alpine Club presents

Valdez Ice Fest

Feb. 15 - 18 2019

Official Schedule


ALL DAY 9:30 - 4:30 p.m. Advanced Backcountry Ice Seminar with Marcus Garcia.

EVENING Welcome reception and demo gear checkout at Civic Center. Demo Gear checkout begins at 6; Mountainfilm begins at 8 p.m. Film $10 at the door. All Access Pass Holders and children under 12 get in free.

SATURDAY ALL DAY 9:30 - 4:30

CAMP USA Fast and Light Clinic. All-Day with Scott Bennett.


Women’s Only Intro to Ice Climbing with Heather Mobley. sponsored by The Fat Mermaid.

Intro/Beginner Kids Ice Climbing with Marcus Garcia. sponsored by Alyeska Pipeline Services

Co-Ed & Adaptive Intro to Ice Climbing with Chad Jukes.


Women’s Beginner Clinic with Heather Mobley.

Beginner > Intermediate Kids Ice Climbing - with Marcus Garcia sponsored by Harris Sand & Gravel; Peter Pan Seafoods; CVEA Community Foundation; A Rogue’s Garden; Valdez Office Supply

Co-Ed Beginner with Chad Jukes

How to Take Better Photos & Ascending Ropes with Clint Helander


6 - 8 p.m. Gear checkin/out. Civic Center

8-9pm at Civic Center Ballroom A Black Diamond Gear Clinic. Experts demystify what the ratings on gear mean, how and why gear is made and tested to certain standards, and how to shop smartly! Free

9-11pm at Civic Center Ballrooms B&C Tanana Rafters Live Music Dance and Party. Free with All-Access pass. $15 online $20 at the door. Doors open to public at 8 for bar and merchandise sales.

SUNDAY ALL DAY 9:30 - 4:30

CAMP USA Light and Fast Clinic with Scott Bennett

SUNDAY AM 9:30 - 12:30

Ladies Beginner > Intermediate with Heather Mobley.

Advanced: Steep Ice with Marcus Garcia

Half-Day Private Clinic with Clint Helander

SUNDAY PM 1:30 - 4:30

Intro to Leading with Chad Jukes

Intro to Mixed Climbing with Marcus Garcia


6 - 7 p.m. Gear Checkin Civic Center

7 p.m. ICE BALL - Civic Center Ballrooms B&C Glittering evening of fun, spaghetti feed catered by Serendipity, slide show, Pro Q & A with Marcus Garcia, Heather Mobley, Scott Bennett, Chad Jukes and Clint Helander. Last chance to get great deals on cool gear. Save with advance purchase: $35 online. $45 at the door. Save even more when you purchase a table of 8 for your business, travel group, or family, VAA will cover all processing fees. Tickets on sale now. Don’t have 8 in your party? Host any of the hard-working volunteers at your table and get a non-profit donation receipt. Questions? Contact or 972-835-6039


Speed Comp 10 - 1. Cash Purse!

We’re bringing back the speed comp in 2019! View this popular video from 2016.

Try Cool, New Gear!

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 Lowa. 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.

All-Access Pass now on sale. Includes unlimited top ropes, Friday Mountain film, and Saturday live music party. A $100 value. 20% discount when you buy online. $80


Ticket sales are open for classes we expect to fill fast.

Enjoy this video of Jeff Shapiro and Marcus Garcia’s first ascent in Prince William Sound while they were in Valdez for the 2018 Valdez Ice Fest. Garcia’s appearance at Valdez Ice Fest was made possible by adidas Five Ten and CAMP-Cassin sponsored Shapiro.


FREE All Access Pass when you volunteer a total of 8 hours! With activities every day and every night spread out at Mountain Sky, Civic Center, and Bridal Veil Falls, lots of help is needed for jobs such as check-in/registration, collecting money for movie, welcome to Valdez information, putting out and selling auction items, decorating for the dance party and then for the dinner, traffic control at Bridal Veil Falls, and lots more. There are also limited volunteer opportunities leading up to the event, leaving you free to play. If you are interested in volunteering, email