After hosting small scale snow sculpting competitions for locals, Breckenridge Snow Sculpture festival went to statewide competitions in the 80’s, and then in 1991 they decided to go even bigger and held the 1st Annual International Snow Sculpting Championship. Breckenridge now sends around 250 invitations in July requiring submissions that include sketches and team resumes to be reviewed in September. Then an Organizing Selection Committee chooses the teams that will be allowed to participate. This annual event was even featured in a documentary titled “Snow Carvers”.
Teams from around the world will gather in Breckenridge, CO to compete. Each team will consists of four snow artists. The snow artists will be working together as teams to create their masterpieces. Each team will start with a solid block of snow, weighing in at 20 ton, and measuring 12 feet tall x 10 feet wide x 10 feet long. They will be sculpting with hand tools only, no power tools allowed. They may not use any supports throughout the sculpture and no colorants may be used in the design. They will have just five days a total of just 65 hours to work.
There is no monetary prize for the winners. The winners will receive a medallion and a ribbon. Winners are chosen by a committee. There are also Kids Choice award ribbons allowing the kids to vote for their favorites. Adults can also vote for their favorites sculptures and ribbons are also given for the People’s Choice Award. So, why do they compete? They compete for bragging rights and fun, but mostly for FUN!!!
Stomping Week January 19, 2015 thru January 23, 2015
During “Stomping Week” The Breckenridge Ski Resort makes the snow. Manmade snow is used because it delivers consistency throughout the blocks. The Town of Breckenridge Public Works hauls it to the site, where it is loaded into wooden frames. Once some snow is in the box 5-10 volunteers (maybe you) climb into the box and “stomp” it down to pack it in. More snow is then added and the stomping continues until all blocks are prepared.
Sculpting Week January 27, 2015 thru January 31, 2015
During “Sculpting Week” The teams gather and work together to create their masterpieces. The snow artists will be staying up all week and working on their fine details. Remember no power tools here only hand tools are allowed for their sculptures.
Viewing Week February 1, 2015 thru February 8, 2015
During “Viewing Week” visitors may come in and view and vote for their favorites. This is a Free Event and happens weather permitting. If it gets too warm the sculptures will begin to melt and must be removed for the safety of all.