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Monday, 11 December 2017 05:00

Update on 2018

Greetings and thank you all who have offered your support of Ice Alaska these past few weeks.  

A quick recap, we will not be hosting the World Ice Art Championships this coming 2018.  Since our announcement this past November 19th, we have received encouraging support from Artists and wonderful folks in the Fairbanks Community and with that we are looking at producing a small event in early to mid-March.  

We have learned that the owners of the Ice Park do still plan to host their annual Kids Park and an exhibition.  They have posted their information in the Events Calendar of the ExploreFairbanks.com website.  

We, Ice Alaska, have started searching for a new venue to host our 2019 World Ice Art Championships, and because of the encouraging response from individuals in the Fairbanks Community, as noted above, we will be hosting a small 1 week promotional event in March 2018. 

Our volunteer planning meetings are each Wednesday evening 5:30 - 7:00, at 1427 Gillam Way, Fairbanks Alaska.  If you're in the area and want to be a part of the NEW Ice Alaska, stop over and see what we're planning!

Thursday, 30 November 2017 12:57

STAY TUNED MORE NEWS COMING!

We've heard it said that "when times are tough, you find out who your real friends are." These past 7 days we have received an outpouring of support and ideas from our friends in the community. 

No, we're not able to produce the World Ice Art Championships in 2018, but Ice Alaska will still have a part to play this coming Spring 2018!

Our local Members (both Artists and Volunteers) are now meeting weekly, each Wednesday night at 5:30-7:00. If you're here in Fairbanks and want to be a part of the New Ice Alaska, come over to 1427 Gillam Way!

Sunday, 19 November 2017 00:30

PRESS RELEASE REGARDING 2018 EVENT

Special announcement from Ice Alaska 

The World ICE Association, d.b.a. Ice Alaska regrets to announce that we will not be producing the 2018 World Ice Art Championships, originally scheduled February  26 though March 17 , 2018.


This decision was not made lightly.  Many in the community remember that the Lodge building used as our primary office was destroyed by fire in December 2016.  At that time we made the decision to proceed with the 2017 event, because we already had artists and sponsors committed to an event, however the resulting event was not to the standards expected by our artists and volunteers.  


Ice Alaska has spent the summer reorganizing and rebuilding as a 100% all volunteer non-profit.  We fully intended to produce a 2018 Event, however after the loss of two major commercial donors, and our Title Sponsor slashing their support to a notable smaller amount, the Board of Directors needed to make a decision.  This week marked 100 days to the event, and both Artists and Volunteers who travel to Fairbanks for this event, need to finalize their travel arrangements.  


We made a promise to our Artists and Volunteers that we would only produce a quality event, to include adequate housing and quality food.  For that reason, we have decided that the organization is not financially prepared to produce a 2018 event.  We will instead focus on 2019 Event, and continue our membership team building.  Already we are receiving leads on potential major benefactors that can assist us with a 2019 event.  We will also research other venue options for hosting the World Ice Art Championships.  


To the donors who have already contributed to our 2018 Event, we sincerely thank you.  We will be contacting all 2018 Donors to offer return of contributions.  Meanwhile, as noted above, we will begin fundraising and planning for the 2019 Event.  


Ice Alaska began as a small event in 1989.  The organization has grown and shrunk over the years.  The work done by the Members involved with reorganizing Ice Alaska over this past summer has produced a solid organization, free of debt, and with policies and procedures to ensure that this organization remains strong.  We are confident that with the help of our Fairbanks Community, and our ability to qualify for State and Local Grant opportunities, we can produce a quality annual event to continue on for another generation.  

Tuesday, 19 September 2017 03:20

You're Invited!

TO:     All Ice Sculpting Artists and Ice Art Volunteers

RE:      Invitation to Compete and/or Volunteer, AND…

            Announcing "A New Chapter has Begun!” at Ice Alaska!

Dear Ice Artists and Ice Art Volunteers!

The Board of Directors for the World I.C.E. (Ice Carving Exhibitors) Association, Inc., D/B/A "Ice Alaska, Inc.", are happy to announce that "A New Chapter has Begun" at Ice Alaska beginning with the 29th Annual 2018 BP World Ice Art Championships!

A BIG part of the announcement begins with the "closing of a very special chapter" and a HUGE "Thank You!" to Dick and Hoa Brickley who, after 28 years of countless (and many thankless) hours on a daily basis, unimaginable and unbelievable financial support, an unwavering love for, and dedication to, the Event, the Artists, the Volunteers, and this Community, are stepping down and stepping back in order to completely "step aside", and HOPEFULLY retire in the very near future.

This year they are going to be around on an extremely limited basis for their expertise, and moral support, as we transition into a new chapter and some new ways of doing things over the next couple of years!

We happily invite you to Compete, if you are an Ice Art Artist.  And to join us, as we try to fill some mighty big "Brickley Shoes", if you would like to volunteer at this year's 29th Annual, 2018 BP World Ice Art Championships!!

We are in need of BOTH Artists AND volunteers in large quantities and welcome your return if you are a "veteran" at one OR BOTH of these.  We encourage you to compete if you are an Ice Sculpting Artist who has never competed with us before, and we welcome new volunteers with however many hours you can give us!!

Applications for both are being updated and will be on the website before the end of this week.  If you're a volunteer, we can put you to work RIGHT NOW and all the way through the end of March 2018!!

Keep your eyes peeled for the next planning meeting!  Don't forget to join and become a Member of Ice Alaska too!! Membership has its privileges!!

We look forward to hearing from you VERY soon! and... Have an "Ice" day!!

Very Sincerely,

Ice Alaska Board of Directors

Wednesday, 03 May 2017 14:59

Planning 2018 Event

Announcing the 2018 Ice Alaska Planning Committee

 

The World I.C.E. Association is begining the process of planning for the 2018 World Ice Art Championships.  

We are currently meeting each Tuesday, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. at the confrence room of Fairbanks Housing Services, located 1425 Gillam Way.  

If you would like to be a part of this process, we invite you to attend.  

Next Meeting: May 9th, we will be focusing on the cost analysis, how much it will cost for us to produce the event.  

Sunday, 19 February 2017 17:57

ALL READY FOR THE KIDS!

It has truly been a rough winter for the volunteers for Ice Alaska.  There's still plenty of construction going on, and walking into Building 12, the shop that's been converted into the new Ice Alaska Office space, it has the appearance of a busy bee hive.  Everyone has been working round the clock and we can say that the Ice Park will be ready for the first small visitors Monday, February 20, when the Kids Park officially opens! 

We have numerous slides, bowls, a full maze, the Ice Cabin is back, Sea Horses pulling a sleigh, all the kids love to pose on the Ice Race Cars.  The Playground is definitely ready for the little ones!

Weather permitting, the Ice Park will be open until March 31st.  You may now purchase your season tickets online   Come see the Ice Park!  Next week we begin the first competition, the ADP Single Block Classic.  This is a big year for the Single Block, because this year it doubles as a qualifying event for the 2018 Winter Olympics Arts Festival.  

Tuesday, 14 February 2017 14:12

JUST FOR THE KIDS!

 

6 DAYS AND COUNTING DOWN to opening the Kids Park!

What's the Kids Park about?  It's a playground made of ice!  What should you bring?  Dress for snow and ice, boots, snowsuits, hats, gloves.  Don't forget to bring your toboggan!  

The Kids Park opens Monday, February 20th  

Now is the time to purchase your Season Ticket Weather permitting, the Ice Park will be open for 40 days.   The season passes cost less than 4 single day passes.  The Season Passes grant you unlimited visits to the Ice Park.  That means even if you only visit one day per week, you're getting a fantastic deal!  

Purchase your tickets online today!

Monday, 13 February 2017 01:34

8 DAYS TO OPEN KIDS PARK!

 

That's right folks!  Just 8 more days and we open the 2017 Kids Ice Park on February 20!

What will you see at the Kids Park?  Well, it's a playground made of ice!  All sorts of kid friendly slides, spinners, ice rink, ice house, and the maze can be found in the Kids Ice Park.  

Then the following week, February 27th, we begin the annual 2017 ADP Single Block Classic.  As of this update we have all 50 sites registered with many returning world champion Ice Sculptors.  

We thank our generous supporters and the Fairbanks Community for assisting us this year.  This is an annual event, and we can't do it without our friends!  We continue to accept volunteer applications 

We also thank the many folks who have send in their contributions via our GoFundMe Page.  

This year, new to our website is the option to purchase your pass in advance using our online ticketing manager.  

Have an Ice Day and we'll see you soon at the Park!

Tuesday, 07 February 2017 07:26

Announcing Online Ticket Sales!

14 DAYS TO OPEN KIDS PLAY PARK
Announcing Online Ticket Sales!
Yes you just read that right! This year we have partnered with a ticketing service, and we are offering the option to purchase your tickets online and in advance!

Stop by our Park Admissions Page to purchase your tickets online  

Visit our EVENT SCHEDULE PAGE and see what dates you want to visit the Park.  Or, just purchase a SEASON PASS and come and go on your own schedule!

We have just 14 more days until the opening of the Kids Park, and 21 days before the start of the GCI Single Block Classic.  We have a full field, that's 50 teams signed up to compete in this year's Single Block.  It's going to be a fantastic event!

Sunday, 05 February 2017 06:29

THINK SMART UPDATE FEB-4

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16 DAYS TO OPEN PARK...
I wonder what's going on behind this ice wall? 
I bet it's going to be aMAZEing!

What a beautiful day today, bright, sunny, and not too cold! The Park was abuzz with all sorts of activity. A crew was down on the pond harvesting what looked like about 200 blocks of beautiful 30inch ice blocks. 

The Giant Slide is finished and several kids slides are done, and a bowl. The Team from China are roughing out a new maze.  

The lanes are plowed and compacted along the Single Block and Multi Block exhibit routes. They just need to have the individual sites cleaned out.  

We're going to have a fantastic event, and we have you our friends and supporters to thank for helping us get the ice moving on this annual Fairbanks tradition!

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