Bozeman Ice Fest, Contributed Photos

Climber Ari Novak climbs, “The Good Looking One,” a WI5 rated climb in Hyalite Canyon near Bozeman, Montana.

The Bozeman Ice Festival is back for another year.

The event begins Monday and includes on-ice clinics in Hyalite Canyon, presentations from world-class athletes, opportunities to try new gear and screenings of climbing films. A local nonprofit, the Ice Climbing Alliance, is hosting the festival.

Priti and Jeff Wright, who have spent years climbing around the world, will kick off the weeklong event with a free presentation about their adventures. They will speak at 6 p.m. Monday at Lockhorn Cider House.

Winners of the American Alpine Club’s Live Your Dream Grant, which helps people to improve their outdoor skills, will give a free talk on Tuesday at 5 p.m. at Lockhorn Cider House.

Each evening, from Wednesday to Saturday, Bridger Brewing will hold a free event that includes merchandise and gear rentals.

A festival kickoff begins at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Bozeman Event Space. Tickets are available online at

The Ice Climbing Alliance will hold classes at popular spots in Hyalite Canyon from Thursday to Sunday. There is still space in some classes including introductory lessons, a two-day self-rescue seminar and a multi-pitch clinic. Registration is available on the ice festival website. The classes include opportunities to test new gear and include free admission to most evening events in Bozeman.

The Ice Film Fest is Thursday beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Emerson and will showcase three films. Mystery Ranch will present “Parallel Passions,” which focuses on the local company’s passion for designing backpacks and how climbers use their equipment. “Adaptive” follows Jim Ewing and Maureen Beck, who attempted the first unassisted adaptive climb of Lotus Flowers Tower in Canada’s Cirque of the Unclimbables. The third film, “Himalayan Ice” shows climbers exploring remote valleys in India and working with local climbers.

Hilaree Nelson, a National Geographic Adventurer of the Year and North Face team captain, and Jim Morrison, a North Face athlete, will discuss their attempt to ski Lhotse, the fourth highest mountain the world, at the Emerson on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

World-class alpinist Ines Papert will share stories from her climbs around the world on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Emerson.

The Bozeman Ice Festival ends Sunday evening with dinner and presentations including from Lindsay Fixmer who ice climbed in remote fjords of Newfoundland and Iceland. The event begins at 6 p.m. at the Emerson.

Friends of Hyalite, a local group that previously held the event, and the festival raised more than $82,000 between 2010 and 2017 to support the U.S. Forest Service with the plowing of Hyalite. Since taking over the festival in 2018, the Ice Climbing Alliance has been working with Friends of Hyalite to keep the canyon accessible in the winter.

Perrin Stein can be reached at or at 582-2648.

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