MEC Ice Climbing Festival

January 30, 2015 - February 1, 2015
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January 30th - February 1st, 2015

***PLEASE NOTE we are experiencing warmer than usual temperatures that have affected the Ice wall recently.  Festival schedule is subject to change without notice.  Please check back regularly for updates to the various events and activities scheduled for this weekend.

The Canadian Rockies becomes a mecca for ice climbers during a full weekend of activities celebrating the sport of ice climbing. The MEC Ice Climbing Festival will be held over 3 days during SnowDays for a second year in the heart of Banff.

The 40 ft Banff Avenue Ice Wall, a grandiose sight to see in itself, will operate as the hub for all festival components.   Watch a demo, take a great clinic or workshop from a true expert. There will be beginner clinics held on the Ice Wall and great opportunities for all skill levels to take advantage of off-site clinics.  More details to come soon!

Public Ice Climbing opportunities will be available *WEATHER DEPENDENT* for all skill levels, ages 8 and up, in the afternoon on both Saturday and Sunday.

Come scope the latest in ice gear at the Tradeshow. MEC and associated gear vendors will be present, as well as guiding outfits, non profit organizations, and local clubs.

Enter the Ice Climbing Competition and see how you stack up. A wide variety of competition categories are available, from fastest up, to best costume.  

This festival is jam-packed with fun activities that any climber, amateur or professional, or spectator can enjoy.

Click here for more information.

Interested in getting involved?  Sharing your love of ice climbing?  Click here to Volunteer.

*Please note event schedule subject to change without notice