The Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships

Way More Than A Carrot And Some Coal

Not Just Any Old ~ Snowman Contest

Artists from around the globe will descend on Breckenridge to create an outdoor art exhibit at the International Snow Sculpture Championships.

Cms breck snow music

What It Is

27 Years Of ~ Mind-Blowing Sculptures

Breckenridge is loaded with fun activities and events for all ages, and January is no exception. The International Snow Sculpture Championships, now in its 27th year, will bring teams of sculptors from around the world to carve 12-foot, 20-ton snow monoliths into mind-blowing sculptures. Past sculptures ranged from buildings, people and animals, to depictions of historical and mythical events. Previous teams have come from far-flung places like Mongolia and Lithuania, as well as snow-deprived countries like Mexico, to use their brilliant, visionary ideas and sculpting skills to convert giant, cold, white cubes into works of art. For 65 hours straight, the teams use only hand tools to chip, saw and shape the snow with an astounding level of detail and creativity. So dress warm and get your hot chocolate to go. This event is not to be missed.

When To Go

Here Is Your Day To Day Guide To ~ Oohs And Ahhs 

Stomping Week

January 16th ~ January 21st

Also, know as "Technical Week." Get an idea of what 20 tons of packed snow looks like. Visitors can watch, or even volunteer to help create the blocks.

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Sculpting Week

January 24th ~ January 28th

The sculpting race is on! The competition starts at 11:00 a.m. on the 24th and ends precisely at 10:00 a.m. on the 28th. Find out which team rules the cube at the 2:00 p.m. awards ceremony. Visitors can watch the action anytime during the week.

Cms ice sculpture carving

Viewing Week

January 28th ~ February 5th

Get your oohs and ahhs ready, this is gonna be good. Visitors can tour the sculptures, take photos and learn all about the art of snow sculpting. The displays will remain, weather permitting, until 9:00 p.m. on the 5th, when they will mysteriously disappear.

Cms breck snow sledding

Where To Go

It All Starts ~ At The River Walk Center

The event takes place around the River Walk Center at 150 West Adams Ave. in Breckenridge. Event headquarters — The Thaw Lounge + Music — are in the Riverwalk Center. Free 3-hour parking is available at several lots around town, or take advantage of free local buses and trolleys through Breckenridge Free Ride.

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