The 2014 Breckenridge Snow Sculpture championships marked the 24 year of the competition in 2014. Teams from all around the United States, and the world competed for a number of differing award categories. In 2014, there were 16 competitors from Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Iceland, Italy, Lithuania, Mexico, Mongolia, Russia, and the United States. Those competing from the United States included artists from Colorado and Vermont. The 2014 Breckenridge snow sculpture championships ran for three weeks. Each week was broken down into three segments including a technical week, sculpting week, and viewing week.
Each year attendees arriving during the technical week are able to actively participate by helping formulate twenty ton blocks of snow. Once formulated, the blocks of snow measure 10′ by 10′ and will be 12 feet high. The snow was shaped into a square with the use of massive wooden molds. Participates help stomp down on the snow so it is packed tightly into the wooden molds. After the huge blocks were ready; the artists had five days to work on their creation. At the end of day five, awards were presented to the victors at the River Walk Center. Locals and vacationers alike got involved by voting for their personal favorite. The winners received a “People’s Choice” award. All in all, the artists spend over 65 hours forming their blocks into a work of art for all to enjoy.
The final week is known as the viewing week. All sculptures remain intact for locals and vacationers to review as long as the weather permits. Children and adults alike can play on some of the created sculptures. There are a few sturdy enough sculptures to climb on to, and thus create a perfect photo opportunity. Try and hang around to view the snow sculptures during the evening. The lighting used on the snow, and ice sculptures is really something to see. One will find that the artists are more than happy to describe their pieces and their personal history. Once the weather warms, the sculptures are removed to avoid potential harm to people passing by. The Breckenridge snow sculpture championships is an incredible event and should be marked on your calendar as an event to set aside some time to take in.