Sandstone Ice Festival – Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost to attend the festival?
The organizers of the Ice Fest do our best to keep the event affordable and accessible.
A Sandstone Ice Festival “multi-pass” is only $10 and this includes access to Beer Tastings, Demo climbing gear, the gear swap, the Saturday evening slide show and the “Frozen Kettle” Chili cook-off.
The climbing clinics are organized by the Minnesota Climbers Association and the participation donation is used to improve the ice park.
Is Robinson Park open for climbing during the festival ?
Yes, Robinson Park in Sandstone Minnesota is open every day for climbing. During the festival a small amount of climbs are reserved for climbing clinics but the rest of the park is open – bring a rope and some top-roping gear.
Where do most people stay? Are there cabins, yurts?
You are welcome to set up a tent or build yourself a quincy in Robinson Park, other options include a hotel room in Hinckley or Banning Junction.
How much climbing experience do I need before I take an ice climbing clinic ?
Clinic participants must have previous climbing experience, students for any of the clinics need to know:
how to safely belay,
how properly put on a harness
and how to tie a climbing rope into a harness.
Do I need my own gear for clinics ?
A limited amount of demo gear will be available for use during the festival. It is recommended that clinic participants come equipped for the class. Rental ice climbing gear is available at
U of M Minneapolis- (612) 625-8790
U of M Duluth
How old do you have to be to take an ice climbing clinic?
Minimum age for climbing clinics is 15. Climbers participating in clinics under the age of 18 must be companied by a parent or guardian.