At the end of its season, the Ice Park was dealt a devastating blow: 12,000 pounds of rockfall spontaneously fell from the cliffs above the most iconic entrance into the Park, the trestle, which accesses one of the most popular parts of the Park, the School Room. The rockfall also took out the Park’s water supply line that feeds the ice farming infrastructure to the whole south end of the Park, where 70% of the routes are.
The accident was even more devastating as it came on the heels of the Park's successful 2021 Ice Climbing Competition that attracted some of the country’s best mixed climbers and was streamed live to hundreds of thousands of fans around the world, showcasing one of Colorado’s most treasured assets.
It will cost much more than $50,000 for the park to replace the bridge and water supply -- money the small non-profit simply does not have. It's a massive project. And they have to start soon to complete the work in time for next season's opening.
Without these repairs, the Park's 2022 season and the world-renowned Ouray Ice Festival and Competition will be in doubt.
We need your help.
Thanks in advance for your contribution to this cause that means so much to all of us in Colorado and the worldwide ice climbing and mountaineering community.
Your donation goes to the Ouray Ice Park, Inc. (OIPI), a non-profit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization. Federal Tax ID number 84-1367668 (EIN).
- Andrew Stewart
- James Richardson
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