10th Annual Smuggs Ice Bash - January 22-24, 2016

BURLINGTON & SMUGGLER’S NOTCH, VT-  The Smuggler’s Notch Ice Bash promotes the sport of ice climbing, educates beginners to advanced climbers, exhibits and demos new gear, and shares a weekend of fun, challenge, and inspiration with other winter enthusiasts in one of Vermont’s most amazing places- Smuggler’s Notch.  The public is invited to take part in clinics and attend some of the most exciting events in the region during this weekend.

This year the Smuggs Ice Bash hosts its 10th year of the festival, celebrating Vermont’s rich history in winter climbing, which began in the early 1950’s.  The festival’s ice climbing clinics teach beginners (no climbing experience necessary) to intermediate and advanced climbers looking to improve their technique, knowledge and experience with professional guides from Petra Cliffs Mountaineering School and Guest Guides from all over the Northeast.  This weekend is one of the most affordable ways to get a taste of the sport, with the use of free gear from top brands like Mammut, Black Diamond, Petzl, Grivel, Dry Ice Tools, Rab, Outdoor Research, DMM, La Sportiva, and more.  It’s also one of the most fun ways to try out the sport, with events happening throughout the weekend and others sharing in the bonding experience of swinging ice axes and kicking crampons into frozen waterfalls.

Friday, January 22  / Burlington

A kick-off party at Petra Cliffs Climbing Center in Burlington on Friday, January 22 features open climbing demos for the public, live music by DJ Kanganade, and dry tooling (indoor climbing with ice axes) competition by some of the best males and females in the sport.  $5 cover, food truck by The Hindquarter.  A huge raffle will benefit the replacement of the damaged rescue cache at the Lake Willoughby ice climbing area.

Saturday & Sunday, January 23 – 24  / Smuggler’s Notch

Ice climbing clinics are offered both Saturday and Sunday with online registration at or by calling or visiting Petra Cliffs Climbing Center (802) 657-3872.  Saturday evening features an Italian Dinner and presentations by two top-level athletes at Smuggler’s Notch Resort: Nick Bullock from North Wales and our own local athlete and President of Julbo USA, Nick Yardley.  Witness wild photos, video and anecdotes from climbing around the Northeast and around the world.  $5 presentation cover, $15 dinner.  Another huge raffle of gear, outerwear, and more will benefit the replacement of the Lake Willoughby rescue cache.

“Ice climbing is a way to get outside and moving in the winter, and to experience a new part of Vermont’s beauty- from the side of a frozen waterfall!  Guides prioritize safety, teach how to swing ice axes and kick the crampons efficiently and gracefully,  and they’re entertainers too- teaching funny ways to stay warm, the history of Smuggler’s Notch, and so much more.  This is my favorite weekend of the year!”  ~Andrea Charest, Petra Cliffs Co-Owner & Guide

The Smuggs Ice Bash is managed by Petra Cliffs Climbing Center & Mountaineering School based in Burlington, VT.


To learn more about the Smuggs Ice Bash, please contact:

Tim Farr, Event Organizer

105 Briggs St., Burlington VT 05401

Office: (802) 657-3872