Rio Frio Ice Festival 2017

Arts and Entertainment

January 24, 2017

From: Rio Frio Ice Festival


January 26, 2017

7:00 p.m: Climbing Mount Everest (with an Earthquake Adventure)

See the photos and hear the stories of training, life in Base Camp, and the adventure of climbing the world's highest mountain by the climber himself, Darren Rogers. A graduate of Alamosa High School and Adams State, Rogers will engage the audience with his compelling account of tireless commitment to training and the unbelievable experiences on the mountain.

Rogers grew up in Alamosa and graduated from Adams State with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry in 1992. He has climbed many of Colorado's Fourteeners and has traveled to remote parts of the world, testing his mental fortitude at high altitude to reach mountaintops in Africa, Bolivia, Ecuador, Tibet, and Nepal. In 2015, he set his sights on Mt. Everest and Lhotse. While he was at Camp 1 at 20,000 feet, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal. Subsequent avalanches made the Khumbu Ice-Fall impassable, and Rogers was rescued by helicopter. He returned to Nepal in 2016 for a successful summit of Mt. Everest. Rogers is president of CH4+ Engineering in Sheridan, Wyoming.

January 27, 2017

6:00 p.m - 10:00 p.m: Kickoff Party

Aloha everyone, ready to get into "island mode?" Join us for a frolic in the trade winds at the classic Grove Theatre in Downtown Alamosa for a party like no other!

Live music from renowned Hawaiian artist Ka'imi Hanano'eau will go from 6-8:30pm. There is no charge for admission and the little ones can work on their hula while you work on your escape. Grab an "adult Hawaiian ice" to cool off. A full bar, non-alcoholic beverages and snacks will be available.

January 28, 2017

9:00 a.m: 3rd Annual Rio Frio 5K on Ice

This spectacular 5k race is conducted entirely on the majestic frozen Rio Grande. Have you ever run on a frozen river? Don't worry a small layer of snow offers traction while you take in the majestic views of both the San Juans and Sangre de Cristos from the beautiful Rio Grande River Corridor and the San Luis Valley! No less than Runner's World Magazine named this race one of three "editor's picks" for running enthusiasts for 2015. Chip timing and unique "ice-themed" awards enhance this special race for runners of all abilities.

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11:00 a.m: Live Ice Sculpting

Colorado Ice Sculptures LLC, Colorado's own award winning ice sculptors will be carving parodies of Disney's Moana characters and features. If you've never seen the amazing process; you're in for a treat. Bring the kids down for interactive family photo opportunities with the sculptures.

12:00 p.m - 3:00 p.m: Snowmen Decorating Contest

Take a walk down Main St. and see the creativity of Alamosa's business community in action. Snowmen made of Styrofoam, tires, and even kegs among other items have graced the sidewalks of historic Downtown Alamosa in year's past; see what new creative snowmen will pepper the Downtown corridor this year.

1:00pm: Skio Rio

Join fellow Nordic enthusiasts for Ski Rio! The San Juan Nordic Club will lead a cross country ski on the Rio Grande along with the opportunity to learn about winter birds.

2:00 p.m: Alamosa Kiwanis Club Fantasy Costume Contest and Character Meet and Greet

Bring the kids and any fantasy costume for a lively good time at San Juan and Main St and the Nestle Toll House Cafe. There is no charge; just a parent signature on a liability release and prizes will be awarded to the top three contestants in the kids division. New this year, the Kiwanis club has partnered with Adams State University to offer a college age division with an awesome fully catered tailgate as the top prize!
Sign up 1:30 2pm

2:30 p.m: Live Ice Sculpting

Colorado Ice Sculptures LLC, Colorado's own award winning ice sculptors will be carving parodies of your favorite Moana characters and features.

4:00 p.m - 8:00 p.m:
Get your tickets early one of the weekends most popular events; the Grub n' Pub! Enjoy diverse and tasty fare from five of Downtown Alamosa's most popular restaurants. Tickets are good for a sample appetizer and a beverage at each of the participating restaurants.

7:00 p.m
Have you ever witnessed an icy bonfire? A chimney made of ice makes for a spectacular bonfire to cap our tropical weekend and wind down the Festival. One year, the chimney was even shaped as an Ice Castle! Don't miss this spectacular and unique event.

January 29, 2017

9:00 a.m: Senior Center Breakfast
Fuel up for the Fremont Haunt or just come and support the Alamosa Senior Center! Feast on biscuits & gravy or pancakes, scrambled eggs, cinnamon rolls, coffee, tea, hot chocolate, juice and milk. 
The cost will be $8 for adults and $4 for kids.

9:00 am 12:00 pm: Snow Carving
Have you ever made a snowman? Of course! How about other things? Provided we can find or make the snow, try a hand at snow carving! We will have a sculpting facilitator on-hand to help. This event is weather dependent.

10:00 a.m: Fremont Haunt Parade and Race
The teams of seven will parade from Cole Park to the Rio Grande River to get ready for the Fremont Haunt Race as spectators cheer them on! Also period re-enactors will be on hand to set the mood and tell the story of John C. Fremont and his struggles to survive during the expedition. Then, the race to save the Fremont Party in on! Commemorate the history of Alamosa and the exploration of the American West with this unique race.  Animals and explorers will traverse a short course on the Rio Grande to "save" the Fremont Party.

11:00 a.m: Polar Plunge
Who's ready to see some brave souls take the plunge! OK maybe the Rio Grande isn't deep enough so we will trot out a horse trough sure to do the job right!

Date: January 26 - 29, 2017


Cole Park, 2nd Street And 1st Street, Alamosa, CO 81101
Grove Theatre, 615 Main Street,. Alamosa, CO 81101
City Hall, 300 Hunt Ave, Alamosa, CO 81101
Carson Auditorium,  98 Monterey Ave, Alamosa, CO 81101
Nestle Toll House Cafe, 703 Main St, Alamosa, CO 81101

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