(State Parks) ELY, Nev.—The wonders of winter are coming to Ely, Nevada. What has quickly become a national event, the White Pine Fire and Ice Show, now in its third year, is a highly visual, two-day snow- and ice-sculpture competition followed by a fireworks display over a frozen, high-desert lake.
The event will be held January 13 and 14 at Cave Lake State Park, 15 miles southeast of Ely.
“The White Pine Fire and Ice Show started as a small, local event but has turned into a major outdoor entertainment attraction for the western United States,” said Steve Gray, park supervisor at Cave Lake. More than 1,000 people are expected to attend the show.
The family oriented snow- and ice-sculptures stand up to 12-feet tall. While ice and snow can be brought to the lake for the event, all formations are created on site. Last year’s winner was a sculpture of a 27-foot-wide, big-horn sheep skull created by Jason McNutt of Ely. The fireworks display will be at 6 p.m. on Sunday, January 14.
Other activities throughout the weekend include skiing, snowmobiling, ice-skating, ice fishing and the firing of a historic Nevada cannon.
“We fire the cannon as much as we can throughout the event,” Gray said. The White Pine Fire and Ice Show is sponsored by White Pine County Tourism and Recreation Board, the Nevada Commission on Tourism and the Nevada Division of State Parks.
Call Steve Gray at (775) 296-0196 for information.
Cave Lake State Park is in the middle of the Nevada Schell Creek Range, adjacent to the Humboldt National Forest. The 32-acre reservoir sits at an elevation of 7,300 feet and is popular for trout fishing, craw-dadding, boating, hiking, picnicking and camping. Cave Lake is open year round and is located 15 miles southeast of Ely, Nevada via U.S. 50/6/93 and Success Summit Road. Facilities include campgrounds, picnic areas, hiking trails and a boat launch. Sports such as ice fishing, cross-country skiing and ice skating are available in the winter. Snow sculpting is becoming a popular activity, and the White Pine Fire and Ice Show is the premier winter event in the area. Call (775) 296-0196 for information.