Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships
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Click here for photos of all the sculptures and vote for your favorite.
Third Place / Bronze: USA-Minnesota
Second Place / Silver: Germany
First Place / Gold: Team Lithuania
Peoples Choice & Kids Choice: Team Alaska
Team Lithuania won first place in the 25th annual International Snow Sculpture Championships with The Wind of Eternal Change. The piece won for its depiction of Noah’s Ark “floating on clouds above a tremendous downpour that speaks poetically of our changing climate and times,” said judge coordinator Jenn Cram, speaking on behalf of the five-judge panel.
Along with 15 other teams from a total of 10 countries, Team Lithuania worked with only hand tools for 65 hours across five days to create a temporary outdoor art gallery. Sculptures will remain on display at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge until Sunday, Feb. 8 (weather permitting). Online voting opened late Saturday, Jan. 31, for those not able to attend — visit BreckConnection.com to vote on favorite sculptures and see detailed event information.
• Germany-Agrawal won second/silver with Yantra, which Cram noted for its 360-degree interest: “The precision and execution created a piece that has tension and balance, casting shadows with a wide range of tones, from white to gray and blue.”
• USA-Minnesota won third/bronze with The Tempest. The sculpture showed a Mother Nature figure summoning the power of the eagle’s wings to create the tempest that knocked down large portions of the Boundary Waters in 1999. “Cradled in an elegant sweep of wings, the pensive figure suggests the calm eye of the tempest,” said Cram.
• Mongolia-Tserendash won Artists’ Choice with On the Way to the Dream. Depicting a wave thrusting a boat captained by two indigenous peoples, the piece touched on the strength of nature and respect for the environment. Artists’ Choice voting is only open to event participants and considered a prestigious award among the sculptors.
“The judges were impressed by the variety of subject matter and attention to detail demonstrated this year,” said Cram. The panel included sculptor Stuart Bremner, Denver Arts & Venues public art program manager Michael Chavez, glass artist John Hudnut, executive director of Colorado Creative Industries Margaret Hunt, and the host, writer and producer of Rocky Mountain PBS’ Arts District, Carrie Saldo.
Snow fell lightly as Saturday’s official awards ceremony took place 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 and meal/lodging support during the event.
Teams competing included Argentina, Catalonia, China, France, Germany-Agrawal, Germany-Schurtzmann, Lithuania, Mexico, Mongolia-Munkh Erdene, Mongolia-Tserendash, Ukraine (new), USA-Alaska, USA-Breckenridge, USA-Minnesota, USA-Vermont, and USA-West Virginia (new). Visit Facebook.com/GoBreck for start-to-finish video updates from the competition.
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 Budweiser 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, February 1 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 Budweiser 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 3 hour parking is available at the Courthouse Lot, off the alley between Wellington and Lincoln; the Barney Ford Lot, at the corner of Ridge Street and Washington Avenue; the French Street Lot, on the corner of French Street and Jefferson Avenue; and 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.
For more information or to volunteer, email Heather Pease, Chief of Volunteers, or call 970.547.3100 x3.
For sponsorship opportunities, email events or call 970.453.5074.
Snow artists from around the world will compete Jan. 26-30, 2016, in Breckenridge at the International Snow Sculpture Championships. Sculptures, which remain on display through Feb. 7, 2016, 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 18 - 23, 2016 Technical Week - Watch how the blocks are built or even volunteer to help by calling Heather Bridges, Chief of Volunteers at 970.547.3100 x3 or email Heather Pease. 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 26 - 30, 2016 Sculpting Week - Sculpting begins at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 26th with a gun shot start and sculpting ends on Saturday, January 30 at 10:00 a.m. The awards ceremony will be on Saturday, January 30, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 29 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 30 to February 7, 2016 Viewing Week - (Please note that visitors are welcome to the event anytime from January 26 to February 7). 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 7, 2016 until approx. 9pm and then they will disappear under the darkness of night- just as magically as they appeared!
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IMPORTANT PARKING INFORMATIONParking 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 may visitors park to see the event?
Parking is available throughout downtown Breckenridge. Free 3 hour parking is available at the Courthouse Lot, off the alley between Wellington and Lincoln; the Barney Ford Lot, at the corner of Ridge Street and Washington Avenue; the French Street Lot, on the corner of French Street and Jefferson Avenue. Click here for more general parking information.
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.
Also, on January 30th and 31st a special Snow Sculpture shuttle will run between the event site (F-Lot transit center) and the satellite/free skier parking off of Airport Road. The shuttle will run from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m and there will be signage directing visitors to the satellite/free skier parking off of Airport Road as well as the special shuttle stop.
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.
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.