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2017 Breckenridge International Snow Sculptures Championships
Posted by toby | Thursday, February 2, 2017

This is one of our favorite events of the year. It truly is spectacular. If you have never been, you must experience this one of a kind event. Teams from around the world come to Breckenridge to carve snow sculptures from a ten foot block of snow. Sculpting with snow has its own set of complications. Not only do teams compete against each other, they also must work against weather conditions and time. Too much sun will cause the fragile sculptures to melt. Too much snow can add extra weight or obscure detail on the structure. They have 65 hours to complete their sculpture and many carve throughout the night. Teams are only allowed to use rudimentary tools - no power tools. You’ll see pick axes, wire brushes, chisels and even a garden ho or two. Here are some of our favorite sculptures.

 

Sweden’s “4(ever) Wheels Reflection”

This sculpture is meant to reflect on the duality of our relationship with vehicles in modern society. Note the impressive detail and structure of this sculpture. It looks as if this car could drive right off its snow mound and speed off!

 

China’s “Mermaid”

This sculpture just drew me in. The expression and soul in the mermaids was striking. They seemed to move and shift with the light around it.

 

Team Turkey’s “Wormholes of the Universe”

Every year we get one or two sculptures that seem to defy gravity. This year’s “Wormholes of the Universe” and Team Vermont’s “(What’s Your) Sine Wave” do just that. This year’s sculptures were finished on Saturday am and will be open for viewing throughout this upcoming week. We encourage you to check out this one of a kind event. The forecast for this week predicts some sun and warmth, so these masterpieces will not last long! See you there.


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