Snow Day #4: Climb Frozen Waterfalls
Ouray Ice Park
Ouray, CO - More Details
Home to an annual international ice festival for ice climbers, Ouray Ice Park (pictured above and below) is a unique attraction. Man-made ice flows created via a plumbing system (no, it's not just nature at work here) fall along the Uncompahgre Gorge, resulting in magnificent ice pillars that take on their own beauty -- even if you don't gear up to see them up close. Although the park does not offer guides, ice-climbing instruction, or rental equipment, you can find a number of outfitters nearby who do.
American Alpine Institute
Bellingham, WA - More Details
Dubbed "America's top climbing school" by Travel+Leisure, the American Alpine Institute can introduce you to ice climbing on the slopes of Coleman Glacier in North Cascades, Wash. Learn all about cramponing, belaying, top-roping, teamwork, and must-know ice safety. Instructors also offer beginner to advanced ice climbing courses on the frozen waterfalls of Lee Vining Canyon in Eastern Sierra, Calif., and in the popular Ouray Ice Park.