Snow Sculpture

Join us January 22nd - January 29, 2018 for the 28th Annual International Snow Sculpture Championships! (Tentative dates for 2018 are Jan. 22nd- Jan. 29th, Dates subject to change)
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Thanks to all who all who helped make the 2017 International Snow Sculpture Championships a success! Stay tuned for more information on the 2018 event!

Follow the 2017 sculptors on our Blog | Fire Arts Festival 

Tentitive dates for 2018 are Jan. 22nd- Jan. 29th (Dates subject to change)

Where are the sculptures located?
The Snow Sculptures are located in the area around the Riverwalk Center at 150 West Adams Avenue, Breckenridge, CO 80424.  Event headquarters are in the Riverwalk Center and referred to as the Thaw Lounge + Music .

A Permanent Memento
Be sure to stop by the Thaw Lounge+Music for postcards, pins and for more event information including a look at past sculptures .

History on Display
Discover the process of snow sculpting, information about the teams and lots of interesting trivia. Located in the Thaw Lounge+Music, this exhibit explores the last 25 years of the International Snow Sculpture Championships.  

Don't Forget to Vote
Support your favorite sculpture with the People's Choice Vote. Voting occurs throughout sculpting week through Sunday, January 29 at 2:00 p.m. Stop by the Thaw Lounge+Music or look for our volunteers throughout the site in addition to the voting jars attached to the fence in front of the sculptures. A $1 donation receives one vote and goes directly to supporting the International Snow Sculpture Championships.

The Magic of Ice
Don't miss the spectacular Ice Village, located at the Riverwalk Center . Each intricate carving is sculpted into a glowing statue. The sculptures represent many of the supporters of the Snow Sculpture Championships.

Park and Stay Awhile
Free parking is available at the parking lot off of Airport Road- free transportation to the event from the Airport Lot will be provided from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Click here for more information about parking in Town.

Catch a Free Ride
Free public transportation is available throughout the town from 6:30 a.m. to 12:00 a.m., provided by the Breckenridge Free Ride. Maps are available at Event Headquarters located in the Riverwalk Center at 150 West Adams Avenue, The Welcome Center on Main Street, Breckenridge Station and on each bus and trolley or click here to find out more about the Breckenridge Free Ride. The closest bus stop to Event Headquarters is the F-Lot, which is serviced by most bus routes.

Please be aware that this is a snowy, high alpine environment. Dress warmly and appropriately with high traction shoes.




Interested in sponsoring ISSC? Please contact or call Sally Croker at (303) 558-8183 

Snow Sculpture Video

Snow artists from around the world will compete Jan. 24-28, 2017, in Breckenridge at the International Snow Sculpture Championships Presented by your Hometown Toyota Stores. Sculptures, which will remain on display through Feb. 5, 2017, start as 12-foot-tall, 20+ ton blocks of snow. Teams from all over the world will compete and using only hand tools, artists achieve finished pieces across five days (65 hours) of sculpting in this one of a kind event.

January 16 - 21, 2017 Technical Week - Watch how the blocks are built or even volunteer to help by calling Sydney Schwab, 970-453-5020 or email The enormous blocks of snow are built in anticipation of the artists arrival so that the blocks have time to settle and compact under their own weight prior to being carved.  This allows for a more consistent medium, giving the sculptors the ability to execute their gravity-defying designs.  

January 24 - 28, 2017 Sculpting Week - Sculpting begins at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 24th with a gun shot start and sculpting ends on Saturday, January 28 at 9:00 a.m. The awards ceremony will be on Saturday, January 28, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 27th is one of the best times to visit. Artists are preparing to stay up all night to do detail work and the atmosphere is celebratory. Why not spend a night or two and catch the whole weekend? You won't regret seeing the sculptures evolve and witnessing the awards given out.

January 26-29, 2017 Fire Arts Festival - A multi-day exhibition featuring burning sculptures, fiery performances, pyrotechnical effects and other spark-filled attractions throughout the Breckenridge Arts District. Presented in conjunction with the International Snow Sculpture Championships. Click Here for more information.
January 28, 2017 Junior Snow Sculpture- Imagination comes to life through the magic of snow, and little hands. The Main Street Station Junior Snow Sculpture event is open to children, ages nine and up on Saturday, January 28th to help kick-off the Breckenridge International Snow Sculpting viewing. This year’s theme will focus on animals. Young participants will use the same type of snow that the big competitors use, and will learn the basics of snow sculpting in an enjoyable environment. Instruction will be led by one of Breckenridge’s own artists and sculpting extraordinaire, Mauricio Meneses. Participation is free and open to all kids!
                   Where: Main Street Station Plaza, 505 S Main St, Breckenridge, CO
                   When: Carving: 11:00am – 2:00pm
                   For more information and to sign your little ones up CLICK HERE

January 28 to February 5, 2017 Viewing Week - (Please note that visitors are welcome to the event anytime from January 24 to February 5). During viewing week, the artists are done sculpting but the sculptures are here for your viewing pleasure. Weather permitting the snow sculptures will stay up until the night of Sunday, February 5, 2017 until approx. 7pm and then they will disappear under the darkness of night- just as magically as they appeared!

Breckenridge offers packages to satisfy the needs of winter travelers. Breckenridge packages can include lodging, air and ground transportation, activities, event passes, lift tickets and trips to the spa. Choose from our many package offerings or custom build your own package. Click here to shop some of our lodging options.



Where may visitors park to see the event?

On Saturday, January 28 and Sunday, January 29: All Free Event Parking will take place in the CMC lot off of Highway 9 in Breckenridge (107 Denison Placer Road). There will be plenty of signagne to guide you to this lot. A Special Event Shuttle will be running from the CMC lot to the event from 10am to 6pm both days. This will be free transportation for all event guests. Busses will run frequently so guests will never wait too long.

All other days, free parking is available at the parking lot off of Airport Road- free transportation to the event from the Airport Lot will be provided.
Most of Dowtown from Park Avenue to Ridge Street and most downtown lots are now pay parking. Please Click Here for more information about pay parking in town.

Free public transportation is also available throughout the town from 6:15 a.m. to 11:45 p.m., provided by the Breckenridge Free Ride. Maps are available at Event Headquarters located in the Riverwalk Center at 150 West Adams Avenue, The Welcome Center on Main Street, Breckenridge Station and on each bus or click here to find out more about the Breckenridge Free Ride. The closest bus stop to Event Headquarters is the F-Lot, which is serviced by most bus routes.

Please do not utilize the F-Lot Transit Center off of Park Avenue as a turn around or drop off area for cars. The transit center is for buses only.

Parking is prohibited in all Town of Breckenridge operated parking lots between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m. during the months of Nov. - Apr.  Parking restrictions are strictly enforced.  Sleeping or camping in vehicles is not permitted in any Town lot or public street.
Other restrictions may apply.
Always check signs before parking.

Where should private charter buses park and drop off/pick up?
Private charter buses may utilize the F-Lot Transit Center near the Riverwalk (Tiger Dredge) Lot to drop off and pick up guests. Buses may not park on Park Avenue or in the Tiger Dredge Lot. Buses will be directed to park in the satellite/free skier parking off of Airport Road and return to the event site to pick up guests. For more information about parking please click here.

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Please CLICK HERE to sign up to volunteer for the Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships!

If you have any questions or problems signing up, contact Michael Ellen Neff at or 970.453.5039

Sculptors of the World:

Thank you for your interest in participating in the 27th International Snow Sculpture Championships. The application submission deadline has closed for 2017 and we have selected our 16 sculpting teams. We are excited for another spectacular year and your involvement makes it all possible.

Team China won Gold in the 27th annual International Snow Sculpture Championships with “Mermaid,” a piece that depicted a swimming mermaid.

  • Team Sweden won Silver with “4 (Ever) Wheels Reflection.” The sculpture depicted two cars tied together, an expression of both freedom and dependency.
  • Team Mongolia-Erdene won Bronze with “We are One Family,” a piece that reflected the idea of animals coexisting with humans and nature.
  • In a first-ever tie, Artists’ Choice was split between Mongolia-Erdene and Mongolia-Tserendash.

See winner photos on our blog and a short video of the winners on Facebook.

During competition week, high temperatures in the teens and twenties made for excellent carving conditions. An official awards ceremony took place Saturday, Jan. 28 at the Breckenridge Riverwalk Center. Winners receive medals and recognition from the international snow sculpture community – though no prize money is awarded, all teams receive travel stipends, meals and lodging. The result is one of the world’s most prestigious snow sculpting events, where teams are known to take risks and come together in the spirit of camaraderie.

Teams competing this year included China, Finland, Germany (Theil), Great Britain (Annaly), Iceland, India (Callisto), Italy, Mexico, Mongolia (Erdene), Mongolia (Tserendash), Sweden, Turkey, USA-Breckenridge, USA-Loveland, USA-Vermont, USA-Wisconsin (Tomczak)

Visit for start to finish photos and video.