We are thrilled to have North Conway Lodging on board with us this year. As anyone familiar with North Conway can tell you, the Oxen Yoke and Eastern Slope are two landmarks in the valley and some of the nicest and most convenient places to stay when visiting Northern New Hampshire. In addition to housing many participants at Ice Fest, NorthConwayLodging will be hosting our Saturday night headliner, Jonathan Griffith, for the weekend – something we are all excited to be able to offer him.

EastSlopeWinterFirst time attendees of the Ice Fest often ask the organizers for suggestions on places to stay and we always tell them to look across the street. The Eastern Slopes Inn Resort is a crosswalk away from the early morning registration at Ice Fest. When staying at the Eastern Slopes one doesn’t have to worry about being late to meet their guide after circling the block looking for parking. Even better than the short walk in are the indoor and outdoor hot tubs that guests may use after a long and challenging day out in the cold. With a short commute in the morning and access to rejuvenating resources in the evenings, the Eastern Slopes Inn Resort is the obvious year-round choice for any climber coming to test their mettle on North Conway’s rock and ice.

oxenYokeThe Oxen Yoke, still within walking distance of IMCS and the rest of downtown North Conway, is in the quieter heart of North Conway village. From a victorian bed and breakfast, to a classic motel, to fireside suites – the Oxen Yoke can cater to any person or group’s needs. Guests at the Oxen Yoke are also granted all of the great perks of being a guest at the Eastern Slope; access to the pools and hot tubs, weight rooms, and the like.

These two institutions of the North Country, which can both be found at NorthConwayLodging.com, are reliable additions to any ice climber’s itinerary. So consider not just getting a good night’s sleep but saving yourself the time and hassle of having to drive to the morning events at Ice Fest. Book yourself a room, suite, or cottage at NorthConwayLodging.com and sleep another thirty minutes while other climbers are scampering to find their way back to North Conway each morning of the Festival.