It’s on!

That is, if Mother Nature says so.

The White Pine Fire and Ice Show takes place Jan. 18-20, 2013 at Cave Lake State Park in Ely, after last year’s event was cancelled due to lack of snow.

“When you plan an event around Mother Nature… eventually you will lose,” Steve Gray, park supervisor, said in an e-mail.

Organizers of the event — in which giant ice and snow sculptures are built on frozen Cave Lake, among other activities — are betting on a win this winter.

Visitors can watch as competitors in the snow and ice sculpture contest build their creations from Jan. 18 to 3 p.m. Jan. 20. Contest winners will be announced at 6 p.m. Jan. 20, followed by a fireworks show (the “fire” part in the event name.)

Throughout the weekend, people can try their hand at ice bowling — Gray says bowling lanes are built on the ice, and real bowling pins and balls are used — and ice golfing, which takes place on a putting green with an ice hole in the lake. There’s also sledding, skating and ice fishing.

All events are contingent on the weather, as we learned last year.

For more about staying in Ely (319 miles east of Reno and 241 miles north of Las Vegas) visit the website

DID YOU KNOW? Cave Lake was named one of the top eight state parks in America in the Nature’s Waterpark Showdown held in summer 2012 by Recreational Boating and fishing Foundation. Details: {page_90}article/cave-lake-state-park-competes-in-natures-waterpark-showdown/