7/31/14 - It's official: The 18th annual Bozeman Ice Festival will be the sole North American stop on the UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup circuit. The World Cup speed and difficulty events will be held on an artificial wall in downtown Bozeman, Montana, on December 12 and 13, 2014.
More than 50 ice climbers—more accurately described as dry-tooling experts—are expected to come from around the world to compete. The Bozeman comp will be the first of six World Cup stops next season.
Last December the Bozeman event was sanctioned by the UIAA, the international governing body for ice events, as the North American Championships, serving as a trial run for the World Cup. Angelika Rainer of Italy won the women’s lead comp, and Janez Svoljšak of Slovenia won the men's comp. Americans Adam Knoff and Kendra Stritch were the top man and woman in the speed competition.
UIAA President Frits Vrijlandt said, "The growth and presence of the sport in North America is yet another step in the evolution of the UIAA Ice Climbing World Cup and our Olympic aspirations."
Date of announcement: July 31, 2014