Thanks for signing up for a class at the 2019 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.
Festival Sign In
When you arrive in Munising you will need to sign in at the event. You can come to 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 headquarters is located at 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. If you attended the event last year you’ll find that we’ve changed things up a bit this year. We’re entering through a different set of doors and are using more of the classrooms.
Meeting Your Class
Classes meet in waves to reduce congestion and speed up the process of getting your demo gear. Please go to our demo room and pick up your gear at the assigned time. After you get gear go straight to the assigned classroom to meet your instructor and the rest of your class.
We will announce the meeting times and locations as we get closer to the festival. We’ll send out an email as well as post them here and announce them on social media.
Please note that instructors and climbs may change but the time and meeting room will not.
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 some 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.
Demo gear is provided the day of your class. If you’d like to demo our gear the rest of the weekend you’ll need to pay the Demo Fee. This is available for during your online registration. If you didn’t pay the demo fee at the time you registered please send us an email. The price of the demo will increase to $75 at the event.
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 gear you need and even more that you want, and best of all, everything will be on sale! Or, if you can’t wait, give them a call and you can apply your Ice Fest discount and have the product shipped to you before the fest.
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.
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.