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Saturday, 21 March 2015 03:21

Tune in to CBS Sunday Morning!

CBS is airing a 7 minute segment of the BP 2015 World Ice Alaska Championships film footage this coming Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 6:00 AM just before the basketball games start. 

We were thrilled  to have Dustin Stephens, CBS producer from New York spend two weeks filming the activities and finished sculptures at the Ice Park.  So set your DVRs and TiVos.   

The Ice Alaska ice park is now open daily till March 29th from 10am to 10pm at 3570 Phillips Field Road, 99709 Fairbanks, AK 99709. 


Sunday, 15 March 2015 06:59

A Day at the Park

The heat of competition is over and like many of the artists and volunteers, I have gone back to my regular day job.  I stopped by the Ice Park today to catch up on the support needs from my department, in Web and Media.  For me, the big show is the building of the Park, and the competitions in Single Block and Multi Block exhibits.  But, for a lot of folks, the Park is the big attraction, with it's train ride tour, and especially for the kids, even the adult kids, the abundance of slides.  For the next couple weeks, as the days get longer and the weather warms up, many here in town, will meet and mingle around the ice park, a frozen playground. 

Julio Martinez, artist and competitor in both the Single Block and Multi Block competitions, oversees the Ice Art Classes.  Here he is providing instruction in carving techniques  

The Ice Train, waiting a the Depot, for the next tour around the Park

Below, kids of all ages enjoy the many ice slides around the Kids Park. 


Saturday, 07 March 2015 04:34

2015 Multi Block Awards

Stay tuned!

In about 30 minutes we'll be broadcasting live from the Park, the 2015 Multi Block Classic .

Better yet, if you're here in Fairbanks, come on down and watch it live!  

Bom Fire to follow.  

Friday, 06 March 2015 08:11

Final Minutes of Multi Block Competition

11:00 p.m. AKST - It's been a stressful day for the Artists. Earlier today it warmed up above freezing, it's been snowing all afternoon, currently the temperature has cooled down to +31F (-1C) with light snow, and the Artists are hard working, finishing up, brushing snow, and preparing their exhibits for final judging.  

Friday, 06 March 2015 03:16

Multi Block Classic Extension

Due to the weather this past week Ice Alaska has extended the deadline for the artists to  complete their pieces in the GCI Multi Block Classic till midnight tonight instead of the original schedule of 9:00 PM.

Mary Matthews’ comment regarding the time extension reflects the sentiments of all the Judges and all the volunteers at Ice Alaska:

 “I am sad for the carvers who have to battle the temps. How disappointing
for them to look forward all year to the event and then basically be super
uber challenged. At least I get to go home, take a nap, feel refreshed, and
stand there in front of their struggles with my sharp pencil.”  

Mary Matthews, Judge

2015 BP World Ice Art Championships

The Ice Alaska ice park is now open daily till March 29th from 10am to 10pm at 3570 Phillips Field Road, 99709 Fairbanks, AK 99709.

See photos and footage from Ice Alaska here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-AK_RkmVRNA

Thursday, 05 March 2015 03:06

Announcing Discount Days in the Park

Thanks to our Generous Sponsors, we are able again this year to offer special discount days at the Park!


March. 10



With the donation of 8 cans of food

Sponsored by: Fairbanks Ice Museum

Corner of Lacey & 2nd Avenue


March 14

Military Appreciation Day at the Park

Sponsored by: 

North Haven Communities LLC and

Lend Lease Community Fund

$5 Off Coupons Available

North Haven Communities LLC

4268 Neely Road | Fort Wainwright, AK 99703

T 907 356 7165 

Mar. 21

Spirit of Alaska Credit Union 

Day at the Park

Pick up your

$5 Off Coupons 

Available at Any Spirit of Alaska Credit Union

Thursday, 05 March 2015 01:59

Greetings from the Ice Park

It's a balmy +36F (+2.2C) outside.  The roads are wet with melting snow.  Here at Ice Alaska, the work has slowed down.  Many of the large exhibits have been covered to protect them from the damaging heat of the sun, waiting for this evening when it cools back down below freezing and is safe to work again. 

Above, Site 16, "Fire and Ice", resting under cover for this evening when the temperatures drop below +32F (0C). 

Meanwhile, the Artists keep their sense of humor.  Hamming it up for the camera as I worked my way through Multi Block Lane.  They're not too stressed now, but wait until tomorrow, Day 6, and the final day of the Multi Block Competition. 

Team 10: Junichi Nakamura, Shinichi Sawamura, and Dean Murray pause to pose. 

Team 07: Sergei Zinner, Alex Glushko, and Steve Dean posing for passers by.  This is Alex's (center holding the long saw) first competition, and in all the years I've been volunteering for Ice Alaska, I don't think I've ever seen a more happier participant!

Keven Laughlin comparing the Ice to his original design. "Is this how it's supposed to look?"

Tuesday, 24 February 2015 05:57

Weather Delays for Ice Alaska

We've had a pretty wacky weather weekend!

Saturday, the Ice Park was all abuzz with activities,  finishing touches to the Kids Park and preparing for the start of the Single Block Competition .

Then in the wee hours of Sunday morning, it began to rain.  The temperature had warmed up to above freezing, and instead of morning snow, we had morning rain.  At 4:00 a.m. I was out side pulling heavy slush off the awning and checking other things in the back yard that might collapse under the now rain and ice laden snow.

By 9:00 a.m. most public activities had been canceled, and the Ice Alaska Executive Committee made the announcement that they would postpone the start of the Single Block Competition by one day.  Not only were there road closures, but the Airport had been shut down for awhile to work on ice removal.  This delayed the arrival of some of our Artists. 

Today, Monday, Volunteers are at Ice Alaska working on safety issues.  The Carvers now have an extra day to get their blocks positioned where they want them in their sites.  It's a great day for catching up on tasks, then we start over tomorrow, Tuesday, for that marathon of Ice Carving.

Sunday, 15 February 2015 03:35

Video News from Ice Alaska


This year our goal is to produce more video, both taped and live streaming.  

Check out the new video blog with Steve Iverson and Yelea Petkova.  Subscribe to the Youtube channel and watch all the highlights from this year's BP World Ice Art Championships.  




Sunday, 15 February 2015 03:27

Countdown to Ice Alaska

We're in the home stretch, just nine more days and then we begin the 2015 BP World Ice Art Championships.

For those who have been following our Facebook page, the crew harvested more ice this past Thursday, but they suffered several broken chains, and so did not cut as many blocks as they wanted, however, they did complete enough 5'x8' blocks at 30" thick to cover the Single Block competition.  They are planning at least one more harvest before the first event, to cover Multi Block competition. 

Today when I stopped by the Park to check up on building progress, I found a small crew out on the pond cutting large medallions, 8ft (2.4m) in diameter.  What could those be for?  Remember several weeks back I posted a photo of Alaskan Artist, Keven Laughlin, with his design for this year's Ice Alaska Theme?  Eight giant medallions will be placed about the park with this year's logo "Sculpting World Friendships".

This year, for the Single Block Competition, we have 37 carving teams representing (in no particular order) China, USA, Mexico, Mongolia, South Korea, Russia, Japan, Thailand, Australia, Netherlands, Germany, and Monaco.  Most of these artists have arrived and are now busy building the slides and interactive art for the Kids Park.

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