Ouray Ice Park Group Registration

Group Registration Procedure

2013-2014 Season

As visitation to the Ouray Ice Park continues to increase, the Ouray Ice Park, Inc. (OIPI) and the Ouray Ice Park Concessionaire (San Juan Mountain Guides) would like to gain a better understanding of user groups and use patterns, as well as improve outreach and communication with Park users.  In particular, use of the Ice Park by groups has increased significantly over the past few years. As a result, OIPI is asking all groups that intend to visit the Park to register their visit prior to their arrival so that OIPI may effectively manage the Park on a daily basis and ensure the highest quality experience for all users.

This procedure defines the two categories of groups that are subject to this procedure, as well as the rules and requirements that pertain to each group. If your group falls into one of these two categories, we request that you complete and submit the Group Registration Form.

I. Instructed Groups

Definition:

  • Any club, school, organization or group in which the instructor or leader is being compensated in any way (including reimbursement for expenses such as travel, lodging, meals, etc.) to facilitate the ice climbing experience for the group; OR any club, school, organization, or group that charges a fee to participate in an outing to the Ouray Ice Park (including fees for expenses such as travel, lodging, meals, etc.)

Requirements: 

  1. Instructed groups may register for an unlimited number of group use days during the season.
  2. Registration must be filed with the Ice Park Concessionaire (SJMG) at least one week prior to the first group use day of the season for a given group.
  3. The maximum participant to leader ratio for instructed groups is 4 to 1.  The group may add one assistant or apprentice leader for a maximum group size of 6.
  4. The maximum number of ropes that an instructed group may occupy at any one time is 2.
  5. Instructed groups must agree to abide by and follow all Ouray Ice Park Rules.

II. Non-Commercial Groups, Clubs, and Organizations

Definition:

  • A group in which the group leader is not being compensated in any way to facilitate the ice climbing experience for the group; AND no fee will be charged by the group to participate in an outing to the Ouray Ice Park; AND no organized climbing instruction will occur.

Requirements: 

  1. Non-commercial groups may register for an unlimited number of group use days during the season.
  2. Registration must be filed with the Ice Park Concessionaire (SJMG) at least one week prior to the first group use day of the season for a given group.
  3. The maximum group size is 6.
  4. The maximum number of ropes that a non-commercial group may occupy at any one time is 2.
  5. Non-commercial groups must agree to abide by and follow Ouray Ice Park Rules.

Registration Procedures

Please use the form below to fill in the information required as it pertains to your group.

You must also download, read, and sign the Statement to Abide by Ouray Ice Park Group Registration Form. Links to those forms are provided below. Completed, signed forms must be scanned and emailed to the Ouray Ice Park (info@ourayicepark.com) and San Juan Mountain Guides (info@mtnguide.net)

Questions? Call the Ouray Ice Park (970-325-4288) or San Juan Mountain Guides (970-325-4925).

Helpful Docs

You can download the following forms below: Ouray Ice Park Group Registration Form, and Statement to Abide by Ouray Ice Park Group Registration Form.

Group Registration Form

Statement to Abide by Ouray Ice Park Group Registration Form

Registration Form





Type of Group
 Instructed Group Non-Commercial Group, Club, Organization

Name of Group (required)

Tax Status (Non-Profit, LLC, S-Corp, etc.) (required)

Group Street Address (required)

Group City, State, Zip (required)

Group Contact Person (required)

Contact Person Email (required)

Contact Person Phone (required)

Group Website Address (if applicable)

 Trip Information

Dates of Use (mm/dd/yy – mm/dd/yy) (required)
Please submit the dates you plan to visit the Ouray Ice Park with your Group.

Size of Group (required)
Please indicate the size of your group, accounting for trip participants only, not including instructors/leaders.

Names of Group Leaders (required).
By entering each leader’s name you agree that each leader has read and agrees to abide by the Ouray Ice Park Group Use Rules & Regulations.

Enter any additional comments or notes if necessary.


Please leave this field empty.

Ice Park Rules

  1. Crampons and a helmet are required for all persons in “Climber Only” areas.
  2. You must clearly occupy a top anchor prior to climbing any route in the Ouray Ice Park.
  3. No rope and/or anchor shall remain established for more than 3 hours.
  4. Do not anchor to any man made structure without a clearly labeled anchor tag or yellow wand.
  5. Dogs must be leashed at all times and not left unattended.
  6. Absolutely no dogs allowed below the top of the gorge.
  7. Please read all “Area Specific Rules” prior to entering a given area.
  8. Be courteous and respect your fellow climbers.
  9. Per Section 13-7-K of Chapter 13 of the Code of the City of Ouray, Colorado:  “It shall be unlawful for any person to commit the following acts within the Ice Park:
    1. To enter the Uncompahgre Gorge or be climbing without wearing crampons and a helmet or be in an area designated as “climber only” without wearing crampons.
    2. For an individual under the age of 18 to enter the Park without a supervising adult.
    3. For any owner or custodian of any animal to fail to have the animal under effective and immediate control of the owner or custodian by leash, cord, chain or other restraining device at all times that such animal is within the Ice Park.  No animals, except service animals, are permitted at the bottom of the Uncompahgre Gorge.
    4. To attach climbing anchors to any manmade structures within the Park, except for established fixed anchors such as chain and bolt anchors.  Anchors may not be placed on or impede with the ice producing system.
    5. For any unauthorized individual to enter or remain within the Ice Park after 5 p.m. or before 7:30 a.m. from December 1st through March 31st for the purposes of climbing.
    6. To leave top-line ropes unattended or unused.
    7. For non-commercial groups of eight or more persons to occupy more than two climbing routes, as designated, in a specific area, or occupy any one route for more than three hours.
    8. To conduct any commercial activities or uses within the Ice Park are subject to Section 13-22 of the Ouray City Code without permission from the City.”
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