Mt Washington Backcountry Ski Festival

March 11-12, 2017
Presented by The North Face


The first annual Mt Washington Backcountry Ski Festival is a gathering in the White Mountains of New Hampshire for backcountry skiers & riders of all abilities. While geared towards backcountry skiers and snowboarders, climbers should check out these parts of the festival:

  • Vendor camp at Ragged Mountain Equipment each day with demos including some mountaineering and ice climbing gear.
  • AIARE Level 1 avalanche course that runs in conjunction with the festival from March 10-12
  • Apres Ski Party at Wildcat Mountain Ski Area on Saturday night (March 11) with free appetizers, open bar/pub, presentations, raffle & auction, and live band (Steven Cooney & The Wayfarers)
  • Best of all for climbers at the Apres Ski Party…featured presentation by Emily Harrington of The North Face Athlete Team, Emily will be speaking about her ascent and ski descent of Cho Oyu (6th tallest mountain in the world)

*** NEice readers can use the code of “nei10” to get 10% off their registration. The code expires March 9. Full details and registration options can be found on the website and Facebook page.

13th Annual Catskill Ice Festival

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January 21, 22, 23 & 24

Last year was  great fun! This year again will have multiple clinics on all the skills and techniques you need to get out on ice – from basic skills, to dry-tooling, to glacier travel techniques.

Slide shows on Friday & Saturday evening featuring ice climbing in the Catskills, and a special show by Freddie Wilkinson on Friday. Slide shows will be held at Rock and Snow at 8pm. – Marty Molitoris / Alpine Endeavors

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Ice Bash Report 2010


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NEice Forum Report

“Thanks Bert, for another great Ice Bash. Although the temps were a bit chilly the sunshine was sweet, and the evening events at the Brewski were a blast. I took a headcount during Matt McCormick’s slideshow and counted 85 people! Also, a big thanks to all who supported CRAG-VT‘s acquisition and stewardship efforts during the Ice Bash raffle, as well as the generous sponsors who provided the gear for the raffle (and demo gear). Can’t wait for next year’s Ice Bash!” – shredr24

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Slinging icicles for gear Alden Pellett persevered up a possible new route (Scotch & Water,WI5X, 300′)  to right of Cloak and Dagger during the Alpinist Magazine sponsored 4th Annual Smuggs Ice Bash.  It was 10 below that morning but Alden and Jeremy found some fun in the sun and “fed the rat”.smuggsice3web

Photos by Jeremy “Rowdy” Dowdy
courtesy of Alden Pellett

Sideshow Review

Matt McCormick slideshow “Northern Revival” at the Brewski  Saturday was a look at the next generation of Northeast climbs and climbers. I was truly inspired. Matt is on the leading edge of new bold climbing here in the Northeast. You can see the the sideshow next in the Catskills, Saturday, February 20, 2010 at Rock & Snow during the Catskills Ice Fest – Doug

Thanks Burt for your hard work  and thanks to the sponsors and everyone who helped make this event happen. I look forward to next years Bash!

Gadd climbs vertical ice for 24 hours

A total of 25,414 feet

Arc’teryx Athlete Will Gadd climbs vertical ice for 24 hours at the Ouray Ice Festival to raise money and awareness for the dZi Foundation. Get a behind the scenes look at his physical preparation and the grueling 24 hour event.

More on Will’s blog of his Endless Ascent.


Ouray Ice Festival 2009

The Ouray Ice Festival was begun in January of 1996 by ice climbing pioneer Jeff Lowe In 2001.  Held this season January 9 – 11, 2009, the event features a gathering of international ice climbers, gear manufacturing exhibitors, and vacationing visitors excited by the chance to watch the scene from cliff-side platforms and trails.


Ouray Ice Fest Blog  by Alden pellett