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The Bozeman Ice Festival (BIF) began in 1996 and is dedicated to promoting and protecting access to ice climbing in Hyalite Canyon. The event draws professional climbers and participants from across the globe for a myriad of clinics, demos of the latest gear, inspiring films and evening entertainment, and camaraderie of the climbing tribe. The festival clinics operate in Hyalite Canyon.

The festival began as two separate events in 1996 by Barrel Mountaineering and Northern Lights Trading Post. Barry Blanchard, Joe Josephson and Jack Tackle were the original clinic instructors. The two shops joined forces in 2006 with Montana Alpine Guides and First Ascent Press (publisher of the local guidebook "Winter Dance") to create one singular event, in part to improve advocacy and fundraising to help keep Hyalite Canyon open in winter. Without access made by plowing efforts, the 250 ice and mixed routes would require a 13.5+ mile ski.

In 2013, BIF became fully incorporated under Friends of Hyalite with all proceeds from the Festival going toward Hyalite winter road plowing.

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