Thanks for signing up for a class at the 2018 Michigan Ice Fest! Our goal is to make your class a fun and adventurous learning experience. On this page you’ll find a ton of information about your class and how to make the most of it. Please read this information carefully. (Once you sign up there are no refunds for registration or classes)
When you arrive in Munising you will need to sign at the event. You can come our headquarters and our friendly staff will get you all set for the weekend. You will get your official lanyard, which is your ticket into all things Ice Fest, as well as any updates to the schedule and any important information.
Our search for the perfect home has once again lead us to move our headquarters this year. We have moved the Central Community Center inside the old elementary school. This will be the center of the Ice Fest Universe. Your classes will meet here and you’ll get your demo gear here.
All the climbing gear needed for your class is provided by Michigan Ice Fest. For your class you’ll get: climbing boots, crampons, and ice tools to share with group. We have helmets and harnesses available but if you own your own we suggest you bring them for your convenience. Also available will be a limited amount of apparel and gloves so if you’d like to try something out please ask and we’ll see what we can do.
Getting fit for your gear is one of the most important parts of your class. To speed up the process and get you more time on the ice we’ve made a few videos to ensure you get everything set before you head out into the cold. Please watch our videos on how to fit your boots and how to fit your crampons.
Other Gear to Bring
There are some other basics that we don’t provide that will make your class much more enjoyable. We recommend bringing:
- Good Attitude – It goes a long way, in both climbing and life
- Warm Clothes – Dress in layers and how you would usually dress for all day outside.
- Extra gloves – Thin gloves to climb in and thicker gloves to not climb in. You can never have enough gloves
- Snacks and Hot Drinks – Keep your energy up and your belly full
- Camera – This will be an experience you’ll never forget and you’ll want pictures. Don’t forget about photo contest; pictures from classes are always a favorite
- Backpack – It’s always nice to have something to carry your gear
- Backcountry classes may also want to bring snowshoes
Don’t worry if you don’t have the required gear, or if you fall in love with the gear you demo during your class. Down Wind Sports will have a store setup at Headquarters where they will have all the need and even more that you want, and best of all, everything will be on sale!
You will be taken to and from your classes on one of our official Ice Fest shuttles. Vans and buses will leave from headquarters and take you to the trailhead of your class location. All classes have a short walk from the trailhead to the climb
Backcountry classes require a little more work to get to and will probably involve snowmobiling in as well as longer hike.
When to meet
This year we’re having classes meet in waves to reduce the congestion and the rush to get demo gear. Your class will meet and then move to the demo checkout area where our staff will get you set up with everything you need. Please be at headquarters at your classes designated meeting time. Classes will not wait for late participants.
Classes with more than one group going out at the same time, like Intro to Ice, will be divided up when they meet. This will help us make sure you are in the same group as your friends.
Please remember there are no refunds for registration or classes.
Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your class
- Be ready for the weather – It might be really cold, or not. It might snow, or rain, or be sunny. This is Lake Superior region, you never know, so be ready for anything.
- Hand warmers are amazing – Cold hands aren’t fun so be ready to warm them up.
- Ask questions – You are being taught by some really talented climbers, use that resource. They’ll be happy to answer and you’ll be glad you asked.
- Climb as much as you can – Time on the ice is time well spent.