For 24 years, Breckenridge, Colorado has been the home of the Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships. Held January 21-February 4, this event draws snow sculpting teams from around the world as well as many visitors who simply want to view their impressive work. This year featured 16 four-person teams from Catalunya (Spain), Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Iceland, Italy, Lithuania, Mexico, Mongolia (2 teams), Russia and USA.
The snow artists begun sculpting from giant blocks of snow on January 21 and continued to perfect their work using only hand-held tools through January 25. After the awards ceremony was held on January 25, the sculptures remained standing for public viewing through February 2.
Next year, if you want to attend, you can find out the dates of the event at www.gobreck.com.
Want to see more snow and ice carvings? Check out my previous blog about Ice Carving Sculptures.
Award Winning Snow Sculptures
The home team from Breckenridge, Colorado won first place in the competition with their sledding recreation.
Second place went to Team Germany’s impressively balanced and stacked snow sculpture.
Another United States team placed third with this elaborately carved display.
More Incredible Snow Sculptures
Ice Sculptures After Dark
If you thought the ice sculptures were stunning in the sunlight, wait until you see their beauty illuminated with multi-colored lights at night. The following photos are absolutely breathtaking!
The Snow Sculptors at Work
These snow sculptures took several days to create. Here’s a look at some of the sculptors hard at work on their creations. These photos also give you a much better idea of the large scale of these snow creations!
Video of Snow Sculptures from the Breckenridge competition in 2008.
We’re amazed at the hard work, dedication and talent that went into creating these beautiful carvings at the Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships and hope you enjoyed them too!