Aurora Shaved Ice is proudly owned by Nate & Valerie York. We are a family owned Veteran operated business that is based in the Manhattan area of Midwest Kansas. Aurora Shaved Ice has always taken great pride in serving the finest Shaved Ice available.
We care about the environment
All of our serving cups, which may look and seem plastic, are actually made from 100% corn PLA. Our spoons are sturdy and reusable. And our napkins are made from 100% recycled paper.
We love music
We believe music is a wonderful way to connect to the community. We customize our playlist to the event theme. We play everything from Pop, Country, Rock and Roll, and lots more. We’ll be listening to you and your suggestions.
Founder & CEO
Dr. Valerie York
Founder & Vice President
Nate York's first home in Tok, Alaska was not only off grid it was surrounded by the Alaska Range. My family often lived without power, running water, plumbing, or modern heating. Some would call this “roughing it”; my father said it builds character. Living without modern conveniences inspires creativity, ingenuity, resourcefulness, and an innate appreciation for all things simple. I am an accomplished mountaineer, highly skilled Alaskan survivalist and have served as mountain guide, safety guide, and snowboarding instructor. My love for the cold and the Aurora Borealis was the inspiration for our logo. Our shaved ice combines a simple recipe with something cold that tastes great, and it can bring a smile to anyone's face. Military service first brought me to Kansas in 1997. In 2017, I retired from the U.S. Army as a Communications Chief after a 20-year career.
Val grew up in Mediapolis, Iowa, over 2,000 miles away from Alaska. Coincidentally, my family had a puppy that was half Alaskan Malamute. I have had the opportunity to visit Alaska, and I loved it and look forward to going back soon. The things I most enjoy about running this shaved ice business is getting to work side-by-side with my husband Nate and sharing delicious treats with our customers. Graduate school brought me to Manhattan in 2002, and I have worked for the local university since finishing my degree program.