The American Alpine Club presents

Valdez Ice Fest

Feb. 15 - 18 2019

Preliminary Schedule - More Classes and Details Released as Available


ALL DAY Backcountry Ice Seminar. This is a private intensive for 1 or 2 people only; must be comfortable following WI4 or WI5.

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. Children under 12 get in free.


Women’s Only Intro to Ice Climbing - 1/2 day sponsored by The Fat Mermaid

Beginning Kids Ice Climbing - 1/2 day sponsored by Alyeska Pipeline Services

Intermediate Kids Ice Climbing - 1/2 day sponsored by Harris Sand & Gravel; CVEA Community Foundation; A Rogue’s Garden

Co-ed Beginner Clinic

CAMP USA Fast & Light - all day

Top Ropes

Saturday Night

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! Not the usual “gear advertorial”. Free

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


CAMP USA clinics

Mixed Ice

Steep Ice

Top Ropes

Sunday night

7pm at Civic Center Ballrooms B&C

ICE BALL - Glittering evening of fun with something for everyone. Join Marcus Garcia, Heather Mobley, Scott Bennett, and Clint Helander for a Pros Q&A; enjoy dinner and music; last chance on sales and bids.

$35 online. $45 at the door. Save $15! 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


How to Read/Move Fast on Ice

Speed Comp

Top Ropes

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 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.


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