France to host pinnacle ice climbing event

The UIAA is proud to announce that Champagny-en-Vanoise, France – with the support of FFCAM – will host the 2017 UIAA Ice Climbing World Championships in lead and speed. The event will be held at the resort’s famous ice tower on 4-5 February, 2017.

The 2017 UIAA Ice Climbing World Championship is a standalone event separated from the events which form the annual UIAA Ice Climbing World Tour, supported by The North Face Korea.

The decision by the UIAA General Assembly to organize a World Championships is part of the effort to raise the profile and prestige of the sport enabling winners to call themselves “World Champions” for a two-year-period.

The inaugural World Championships were held in Rabenstein, Italy in 2015. The lead competition was won by WoonSeon Shin of South Korea and Maxim Tomilov of Russia. Ekaterina Koshcheeva and Alexey Vagin both from Russia, claimed the speed competition.

This event promises to be the most attractive and spectacular ice climbing competition of the forthcoming season.

Further details will be provided in due course.