Snow Sculpture

Thanks for another great year in 2016 and hope to see you January 24-28 in 2017 for Sculpting Week and from January 28 - February 5th 2017 for Viewing Week.
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USA-Vermont Wins Gold at Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships
Artists test gravity, creativity in 2016



BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. – Jan. 30, 2016 – Team USA-Vermont won Gold in the 26th annual International Snow Sculpture Championships with “Rhonda and Her Recycling Robo-Octopus,” a piece that depicted 14-year-old science whiz Rhonda riding inside her invention – the Robo-Octopus – which helps clean the ocean floor. Judges appreciated the piece’s achievements both technically and conceptually, and the appeal for audiences on multiple levels.

Along with 15 other teams, Vermont sculptors 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, Colo. until Sunday, Feb. 7 (weather permitting). Visit SculptSnow.com for detailed event information.

• Team Switzerland won Silver with “Converse.” The sculpture depicted two structures, almost identical, yet converse.



• Team USA-Loveland won Bronze with “Bolting from Extinction,” a piece rooted in the idea that nature does not know extinction because it only knows transformation. They were also the winner of Kids Choice Award.



• Team USA-Wisconsin won Artists’ Choice with “Dia de los Muertos,” which represented an altar seen during the Mexican holiday. Team Wisconsin also won the Social Media Choice Award.



• People’s Choice was won by Team Breckenridge with "The Widow Maker"






Jenn Cram, judge coordinator and director of public programs and engagement for Breckenridge Creative Arts commented on behalf of the judging panel: “Vermont’s sculpture is visually delightful, it appeals to the child in all of us while addressing a serious global issue. The piece combined both technical risk and a high level of detail. It is superbly executed in 360 degrees.”

Artists battled a mix of conditions – sunshine, varied temperatures and wind – during competition week. Several pieces partially collapsed shortly after the sculpting deadline of 10:00 a.m. MST on Saturday, Jan. 30. It was a reminder of the temporary nature of the medium and just how willing teams are to push the limits of snow. Judges recognized both German teams (whose pieces fell prior to the deadline) for their willingness to take risks. “We know that they are always contenders for this event,” said Cram.

An official awards ceremony took place today 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 included Canada (Yukon), Estonia, Finland, France, Germany (Agrawal), Germany (Theil), Great Britain, Mexico, Mongolia (Batmunkh), Mongolia (Bayanmunkh), Switzerland, USA (Breckenridge), USA (Loveland), USA (Vermont), USA (Wisconsin), and Ukraine. Visit BreckConnection.com for start to finish photos and video.

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Thanks for another great year in 2016 and hope to see you January 24-28 in 2017 for Sculpting Week and from January 28 - February 5th 2017 for Viewing Week. 


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 Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships Presented by your Hometown Toyota Stores.

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 Presented by your Hometown Toyota Stores.

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 Sydney Schwab at sydneys@gobreck.com or call 970.453.5020.

For sponsorship opportunities, email events or call 970.453.5074.

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Interested in sponsoring ISSC? Please contact scroker@csg-sponsorship.com or call Sally Croker at (303) 558-8183 
 
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Snow artists from around the world will compete Jan. 24-28, 2017, in Breckenridge at the Budweiser 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 sydneys@gobreck.com. 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 - 38, 2017 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 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 to February 5, 2017 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!





What to expect when booking lodging in Breckenridge:
 
There are a variety of lodging options in Breckenridge that all offer unique yet different experiences. What’s the right fit for you?

Ski in Ski Out:

Lodging properties that are considered ski-in/ski-out are your best option for convenience. Being right on the mountain means easy access to skiing, lifts and on-mountain apres. Most ski-in/ski-out hotel properties offer private shuttles into town. There is also a free bus service in Breckenridge that goes from on-mountain areas to Main Street. 
 

 

In Town:

Take advantage of Breckenridge's most unique feature, the town itself. Stay right in Breckenridge's old Victorian Town that is packed with a wide varety of shopping, dining and an action packed night life. In town properties generally are a short walk from either ski lifts or a free Breckenridge town bus stop. 
 

 

Outside of Town:

Those who consider their vacation a "mountain getaway" might prefer to stay outside of town getting away from the crowds and in their own mountain retreat. Surround yourself with beautiful mountain views and peaceful wilderness soundings while still being a short drive or bus ride from a world class ski resort and a “happening” town.
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IMPORTANT PARKING INFORMATION

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 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.
Click Here to see the 2016 event program.

If you have any questions or problems signing up, contact Sydney Schwab at Sydneys@gobreck.com or 970.453.5020