Michigan Ice Fest turns 30 years old this year. That’s right, for 30 years the Midwest ice climbing family has been making the trek to Munising to climb spectacular ice formations above a frozen landscape that stretches to an unbroken horizon. We planned a huge party to celebrate our anniversary. It was going to be one for the ages. Then everything changed. The world was different. We can’t gather 1,000 climbers in the Mather auditorium to hear our heroes tell tales of adventure and daring. We’re not allowed to head down to the bar to share our own adventures with the dozens of new friends we made during the day. After 29 years of feeling like things would never change, they did. But, after the shock wore off, we realized that the Michigan Ice Fest is more than just parties and slideshows. It’s about the people and the place, and those things haven’t changed at all. Our family is still our family, and the ice will still form.
If we can’t all get together this year, it just means that we’ll have twice as many stories to share when we can. So, we hope you will tune in virtually and join us in celebrating our virtual Ice Fest.
Covid 2021 Fest Schedule
The presentations have always been a big part of the event, and we just can’t imagine a year without the injection of inspiration they provide, pandemic or not. So we’ve gotten together with a few friends and sponsors and we’re putting on a few virtual slideshows during what would be the festival weekend. These will be broadcast on Facebook Live so tune in and engage!
American Alpine Club Raffle 2021
Here’s what to do:
1. During this climbing season snap some photos of ice climbing in the U.P. Photos of climbing, approaches, whatever as long as you feel it represents your the U.P. experience.
2. Post your photos to Instagram with the hashtag #michiganicefest2021. You can enter as many photos as you want. Please make sure your privacy settings allow us to see your photos. If we can’t see them, you can’t win.
3. On March 15th, all of the photos tagged with #michiganicefest2021 will be judged by a panel of Ice Fest staff. Photos will be judged based on some seriously strict criteria like exposure, composition, creativity, and coolness.
4. The panel’s favorite photos will be shared on the Michigan Ice Fest Facebook page and the photo with the most likes at the end of the voting period will be the winner.
The prize will include a registration for the 2022 Michigan Ice Fest and a class of your choice at next year’s event. On top of this already stellar prize, we are throwing in gear and clothing from some of our event sponsors.
Let the contest begin!