What: International Snow Sculpture
Where: Breckenridge Riverwalk Center (Between Washington
Street & Adams Avenue)
When: Late January or early February
The Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture
Championships have been held for over 13 years. With sculpture names
like Prometheus (2002), A Fishing Tail (2003), Winter’s Oasis
(2004), and The Nautilus (2005), this isn’t your backyard “let’s
make a snowman” contest.
The unique snow sculptures are hand crafted works
of art which are created over a period of 65 hours from 10 foot by
10 foot by 12 foot tall, 20-ton, specially formed blocks of snow.
Artificial snow is used for the best consistency. Front-end loaders
dump snow into frames, and volunteer “snow stompers” work to compact
Four person teams from all over the world meet
here in Breckenridge to compete in this yearly event. All sculpting
is done using only hand tools.
You might think that there are thousands of
dollars in prizes to win as a result of this competition. Nope. The
teams get a free ride to and from the Denver airport, and free room
and board during the 5-day sculpting period. Winners enjoy
recognition for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place as well as awards for
Peoples’ Choice, Kids’ Choice and Artists’ Choice, but no cash
You’ll marvel at the attention to detail each of
these teams apply to their design. It’s fun to visit the sculptures
one day and then return the next to see how they are taking shape.
Each sculpture has a drawing on display for spectators to see how
the finished product will look.
Each year brings a different selection of
sculptures and teams. Present and past sculpture designs can be
found on the website referenced below.
If “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” was one of your
favorite movies, you’ll also not want to miss the additional event
where intricate ice carvings are created using chain saws. Each
carving is sculpted into a glowing statue.
Dress warmly and plan on staying around to view
all of these exciting displays during the day. Catch dinner at one
of the fine Breckenridge restaurants and then return after dark to
catch some breathtaking views as the sculptures are lit with
attractive lighting and the artists work into the night.
For more information, contact:
Breckenridge Resort Chamber
P.O. Box 1909
Breckenridge, CO 80424
(800) 789-SNOW / (800) 789-7669
Snow Sculpture Championships