Conditions at the Ouray Ice Park
February 12, 2015
Despite unseasonably warm temperatures over the last month, the Ouray Ice Park is holding up very well. On the South end of the park, the Schoolroom, Pic of the Vic area, New Funtier and South Park are in great form. Climbers can expect to find many routes of varying difficulties in all these areas. The ice is still blue and compact here, and their is lots of “hero” ice! Climbers in the park are still reporting excellent conditions and lots of good climbing still to be had!
Unfortunately, but to be expected due to the weather, the North end of the park has not held up quite as well. While it is “hanging on”, the ice farmers where forced to close from the Lower Bridge to the Gazebo wall this Tuesday over concerns about delaminating ice and large daggers and pillars that appear unstable. We are still holding out hope that the cold weather returns and we can rebuild and reopen this section in the near future.
This has been Ouray’s driest, and second warmest winter on record. Here at the Ice Park we are quite proud of the fact that we have been able to maintain the ice in its current state for so long, and hope we can continue to do so throughout the rest of the winter. We have a promising few days coming up next week forecasting cold temperatures where we hope to rebuild and replenish the ice throughout the park, and we are keeping are fingers crossed that we will have many more days like that in the not so distant future.
With President’s weekend coming up we are expecting a big crowd and will be hosting a Black Diamond Demo Day at the Kid’s Wall where climbers can come to try out any of BD’s latest tools, crampons, and outerwear. Additionally, as on every weekend, Dick’s Chalet will be open and folks can stop in and talk to the Ice Park staff, enjoy a cup of coffee or hot chocolate and sit by the fire out front. In Dick’s we also sell all of our Ice Park merchandise from coffee mugs to hooded sweatshirts and baseball caps, all with our new logo! Or you could sign up to become a member of the Ice Park and become part of the team of thousands who support us each year in insuring that the Ouray Ice Park can continue to operate and grow for years to come in this big beautiful canyon in the little wonderful City of Ouray!
We look forward to seeing you soon!
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These locally-owned and operated hotels support the Ouray Ice Park and offer discounts to Ouray Ice Park members.
Back-country Ice Conditions
For the latest on back-country ice conditions around Ouray, check out this link from San Juan Mountain Guides: Back-country Ice