International Snow Sculpture Championships - Breckenridge, Colorado

International Snow Sculpture Championships

January 20–29, 2020

Events

During the Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships, 16 teams from around the world descend on Breckenridge, Colorado to hand-carve 20-ton blocks of snow into enormous, intricate works of art. Artists are only allowed to use hand tools, creativity and inspiration to bring their ideas to life. No power tools allowed! Teams sculpt countless hours across five days (totaling around 96 hours), resulting in a temporary outdoor art gallery in historic downtown Breckenridge!

This is and has always been a free event open to the general public.

Competition/ Sculpting Days:  January 20-24, 2020

Viewing Days: January 24-29, 2020

The event site will close at 7:00 p.m. on January 29 and the Sculptures will be taken down.

 

2020 ISSC Teams

2020 ISSC TEAMS include:  USA-Alaska, Argentina, USA-Breckenridge, China, Ecuador, France-Normandie, Germany, Great Britain, India, Mexico, USA-Minnesota, Mongolia, Switzerland, Turkey, USA-Wisconsin, USA-Vermont.

 

2020 Schedule

Sculpting Week | January 20-24, 2020

All events are free and open to the public.

Watch how the sculptures are built

Sculpting begins at 11:00am on Monday, January 20th with a cannon start! Sculpting ends on Friday, January 24th at 9:00am and the judging begins.

Sculpting starts: Monday, January 20 at 11:00 a.m.
Sculpting ends: Friday, January 24 at 9:00 a.m.

Location: Sculpting and Viewing week are held in and around the Riverwalk Center, located in the heart of Breckenridge on South Park Avenue between Washington Street and Adams Avenue.

 

The FirstBank Warming Hut Exhibit

Warm-up and immerse yourself in the 30-year history of the International Snow Sculpture Competition. Located inside the Riverwalk Center, the FirstBank Warming Hut will feature a history exhibit, souvenir shop and volunteers to answer any event questions.

Warming Hut Hours: January, 20-29 12:00pm -8:00pm

 

People’s Choice Voting

Text to Vote for your favorite sculpture at the event.

Voting starts: Wednesday, January 23 at 12:00 p.m.
Voting ends: Saturday, January 25 at 2:00 p.m.

 

Hint: Thursday, January 23 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.

 

Award Announcements | January 24, 2020

All events are free and open to the public.

9:00 am – Sculpting Ends and Judging Begins

 

12:00 pm – 8:00 pm – The FirstBank Warming Hut Exhibit

 

7:30 pm – Grand Illumination

You won’t want to miss the finished sculptures lit to perfection with an ever-changing and unique lighting display. There will be 10 minutes of white light on the hour and ½ hour.

 

People’s Choice Voting

Text to Vote for your favorite sculpture at the event.

Voting starts Wednesday, January 22 at noon
Voting ends Saturday, January 25 at 2:00 p.m.

Viewing Weekend | January 25-29, 2020

All events are free and open to the public.

Saturday, January 25

Sculpture viewing available 24/7 during viewing week
Visit them during the day to see them pop against the Colorado sky then come back in the evening for the lightshow.

People’s Choice Voting
People’s Choice Voting ends today at 2:00 p.m.

Nightly ISSC Lightshow
The sculptures will be illuminated from dusk to dawn throughout viewing week.

The FirstBank Warming Hut Exhibit
Warm-up and immerse yourself in the 30-year history of the International Snow Sculpture Competition.
Open 12:00pm – 8:00pm at the Riverwalk Center

 

Sunday, January 26

Sculpture viewing available 24/7 during viewing week
Visit them during the day to see them pop against the Colorado sky then come back in the evening for the lightshow.

Nightly ISSC Lightshow
The sculptures will be illuminated from dusk to dawn throughout viewing week.

The FirstBank Warming Hut Exhibit
Warm-up and immerse yourself in the 30-year history of the International Snow Sculpture Competition.
Open 12:00pm – 8:00pm at the Riverwalk Center

 

Monday, January 27

Sculpture viewing available 24/7 during viewing week
Visit them during the day to see them pop against the Colorado sky then come back in the evening for the lightshow.

Nightly ISSC lightshow
The sculptures will be illuminated from dusk to dawn throughout viewing week.

The FirstBank Warming Hut Exhibit
Warm-up and immerse yourself in the 30-year history of the International Snow Sculpture Competition.
Open 12:00pm – 8:00pm at the Riverwalk Center

 

Tuesday, January 28

Sculpture viewing available 24/7 during viewing week
Visit them during the day to see them pop against the Colorado sky then come back in the evening for the lightshow.

Nightly ISSC lightshow
The sculptures will be illuminated from dusk to dawn throughout viewing week.

The FirstBank Warming Hut Exhibit
Warm-up and immerse yourself in the 30-year history of the International Snow Sculpture Competition.
Open 12:00pm – 8:00pm at the Riverwalk Center

 

Wednesday, January 29 (LAST DAY TO VIEW SCULPTURES)

Sculpture viewing available 24/7 during viewing week
Visit them during the day to see them pop against the Colorado sky then come back in the evening for the lightshow.

Nightly ISSC lightshow
The sculptures will be illuminated from dusk to dawn throughout viewing week.

The FirstBank Warming Hut Exhibit
Open 12:00pm – 8:00pm at the Riverwalk Center

7:00pm Sculptures taken down

Get Involved

How do you compete in the International Snow Sculpting Competition?

Teams from around the world may apply to compete in the International Snow Sculpture Championships.

2020 Registration is closed.

Volunteer

Technical Week – January 14-19, 2020

Volunteer to create the enormous blocks of snow the artists will use for the competition! Technical week allows the initial building of the blocks and offers time for the blocks to compress 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. There are limited volunteer opportunities available.

Sign-up

Thank you for your help!

 

FAQs

What are the Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships?

A world renowned snow sculpting competition where 16 teams from around the world descend on Breckenridge, Colorado to hand-carve 20-ton blocks of snow into enormous, intricate works of art. Artists are only allowed to use hand tools, creativity and inspiration to bring their ideas to life. No power tools allowed! Teams sculpt countless hours across five days (totaling around 96 hours), resulting in a temporary outdoor art gallery in historic downtown Breckenridge!

 

How much does it cost to see attend the event?

Nothing!  The International Snow Sculpture Championships is a free event open to the general public.

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.  The Warming Hut exhibit and event headquarters are inside the Riverwalk Center.

Where should I park for the International Snow Sculpture Championships?

Free Daily Parking

Free parking is available on Airport Road with free shuttles running every 15 minutes via the Yellow Route on the Breck Free Ride Bus. The closest bus stop to Event Headquarters is F-Lot, which is serviced by most bus routes.

View bus schedule

Free public transportation is available throughout town from 6:30 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.

View town bus routes

 

More Free Parking Saturday & Sunday of ISSC

Additional free parking is available at the Colorado Mountain College (CMC) parking lot off of Airport Road. Free transportation to the event from the lot will be provided from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Learn more about how to navigate Breckenridge without a car!

 

Who are the 2020 Teams?

2020 ISSC TEAMS include:  USA-Alaska, Argentina, USA-Breckenridge, China, Ecuador, France-Normandie, Germany, Great Britain, India, Mexico, USA-Minnesota, Mongolia, Switzerland, Turkey, USA-Wisconsin, USA-Vermont.

How do I vote for the People's Choice Award?

Support your favorite sculpture with the People’s Choice Vote. Throughout sculpting week, simply text the country of your favorite sculpture to vote. Text numbers can be found at each sculpture. More details can be found in the Warming Hut.

Voting starts Wednesday, January 22 at noon
Voting ends Saturday, January 25 at 2:00 p.m.

Who were last year's winners?

2019 Winners

Team Mexico won Gold in the 2019 International Snow Sculpture Championships with “Cenote Garden.”

    • Team Germany-Shurtzmann won Silver with “Walls with Holes”
    • Team Great Britain won Bronze with “Hippo Ballet Dancers”
    • Team Ecuador won Artists’ Choice with “Organic Geometry”
    • Team Breckenridge won People’s Choice with “Let It Snow”

Are dogs allowed?

The International Snow Sculpture Championships is a pet-friendly event, however please be aware that there will be cannons, light shows, crowds and can get very cold. Please keep pets on a leash and away from the snow sculptures.

Parking + Transportation

Where should visitors park to see the event?

Free Daily Parking

Free parking is available on Airport Road with free shuttles running every 15 minutes via the Yellow Route on the Breck Free Ride Bus. The closest bus stop to Event Headquarters is F-Lot, which is serviced by most bus routes.

View bus schedule

Free public transportation is available throughout town from 6:30 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.

View town bus routes

 

More Free Parking Saturday & Sunday of ISSC

Additional free parking is available at the Colorado Mountain College (CMC) parking lot off of Airport Road. Free transportation to the event from the lot will be provided from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Learn more about how to navigate Breckenridge without a car!



Where should private charter buses park and drop off/pick up?

Tour buses need to unload/load at F –Lot

Tour buses will need to park in #1 or #2 spot, which may require the driver to loop around the island on the south end of F-lot.

Tour buses should  NOT under any circumstances park where the normal bus stops are located. It will be extremely crowded with town bus traffic and lodging shuttle buses.

To load, it would be best that they have a set time or have the passengers gather and then call the bus to come get passengers.

 

Where do tour buses go after they unload?

Tour buses are not able to park or linger at the F-Lot. Once they unload they will need to go find a spot, either Satellite Lot or City Market.

 

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