International Snow Sculpture Championships January 21-30

Events

Join us January 21-30, 2019 for the 29th Annual International Snow Sculpture Championships presented by Breckenridge Brewery!

During the Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships, 16 teams from around the world descend on Breckenridge, Colo. to hand-carve 25-ton blocks of snow into enormous works of art.  From blocks of snow, into intricate snow sculptures. 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 –the result is a temporary outdoor art gallery in historic downtown Breckenridge.

Competition/ Sculpting Days:  January 21-25, 2019

Viewing Days: January 25-30, 2019

The event site will close at 7 p.m. on January 30 and the Sculptures will be taken down!

Apply to compete in the 2019 International Snow Sculpting Competiton

Winners 2018

Team Mongolia – Erdene won Gold in the 28th annual International Snow Sculpture Championships presented by Breckenridge Brewery and Your Hometown Toyota Stores with “Secret,” a piece that depicted a representation of a secret keepers chest.

  • Team China won Silver with “Thinker”
  • Team USA Wisconsin – Vogt won Bronze with “A Dance Devine”
  • Artists’ Choice went to Mongolia-Tserendash with “Time”
  • Kid’s Choice went to China with “Thinker”
  • People’s Choice went to Mongolia-Erdene with “Secret”

2018 Teams included Argentina, China, Estonia, India, Italy, Lithuania, Mexico, Mongolia (Erdene), Mongolia (Tserendash), Switzerland, Turkey, USA-Breckenridge, USA-Colorado, USA-Oregon, USA-Wisconsin (Tomczak), USA-Wisconsin (Vogt).

Schedule

Sculpting Week

JANUARY 21-25, 2019

Sculpting Starts: 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 21, 2019
Sculpting ends: 9:00am on  Friday, January 25, 2019

Sculpting begins at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 21st with a shotgun start and sculpting ends on Friday, January 25th at 9:00 a.m. The awards ceremony will be on Friday, January 25, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, January 24 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.

Viewing Weekend

January 25, 2019 – 6:00 PM

Awards Ceremony followed by a professional acrobatic Cirque Show

January 30, 2018 – 7:00 PM

The event site will close at 7 p.m. on January 30 and the Sculptures will be taken down!

 

Get Involved

Apply To Compete

Apply to compete in the 2019 International Snow Sculpting Competition

The Breckenridge Tourism Office and International Snow Sculpture Championships Presented by Breckenridge Brewery invite you to apply to be part of our 2019 event. A total of 16 teams from around the world descend on Breckenridge, Colo. to hand-carve 25-ton blocks of snow into enormous 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 –the result is a temporary outdoor art gallery in historic downtown Breckenridge.

Application Deadline: September 1, 2018
If you have any questions, please contact SculptBreck@gobreck.com.

Volunteer

Technical Week – January 15-18, 2019

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 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.

Please check back for available volunteer shifts.

Thank you for your help!

FAQ

How much does it cost to see the sculpture event?

FREE!  The International Snow Sculpture Championships presented by Breckenridge Brewery 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.  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 28 years of the International Snow Sculpture Championships presented by Breckenridge Brewery.

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 International Snow Sculpture Championships presented by Breckenridge Brewery.

Don't Forget to Vote

Support your favorite sculpture with the People’s Choice Vote. Voting occurs throughout sculpting week through. Text the code of your favorite sculpture to vote, more details can be found in the Thaw Lounge & Music and at each sculpture.

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.

Who are the 2018 Teams?

There are 16 snow sculpting teams. Team Argentina, Team China, Team Estonia, Team India, Team Italy, Team Lithuania, Team Mexico, Team Mongolia – Erdene, Team Mongolia – Tserendash, Team Switzerland, Team Turkey, Team USA – Breckenridge, CO, Team USA – Colorado, Team USA – Oregon, Team USA – Wisconsin – Tomczak, Team USA – Wisconsin – Vogt

Apply to the 2019 International Snow Sculpting Competition

Are dogs allowed?

The International Snow Sculpture Championships presented by Breckenridge Brewery  is a pet-friendly event.   We ask that you help keep it pet-friendly by: keeping pets on-leash and away from the snow sculptures.

Parking

Where should visitors park to see the event?

FREE PARKING:

CMC lot off of Highway 9 in Breckenridge. free transportation to the event from the Airport Lot will be provided
All Other Days – the parking lot off of Airport Road- free transportation to the event from the Airport Lot will be provided

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 and 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. Learn more 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 turnaround 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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