29th International Snow Sculpture Championships!


01/19/2019 | By Carl

This year's International Snow Sculpture Championships will run from 21-30 January 2019. This year sees the 29th installment of this challenge and it promises to be the highlight of the season!

During the 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!

2019 teams include China (Yan Zhang), China (Wang Haifeng), Ecuador, France, Germany (Agrawarl), Germany (Theil), Great Britain, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Mongolia (Tserendesh), Turkey, USA (Colorado), USA (Breckenridge Colorado), USA (Wisconsin).



So what does the program look like for this year?

Sculpting Week | January 21-25, 2019

All events are free and open to the public.

WATCH HOW THE SCULPTURES ARE BUILT

Sculpting starts: 11:00 a.m. Monday, January 21, 2019

Sculpting ends: 9:00 a.m. Friday, January 25, 2019

Sculpting begins at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, January 21st with a cannon start! Sculpting ends on Friday, January 25th at 9:00 a.m. and the judging begins.

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.

WARM UP, SHOP LATE

Dates: Nightly 1/24-1/27
Viewing the Snow Sculptures at night brings a whole new perspective, but your Breckenridge experience doesn’t have to end there. Stroll Main Street under the twinkling lights and find unique and surprising treasures in the boutiques keeping their doors open late. Thursday, Jan. 24 – Sunday, Jan. 27, we invite you to warm up with in- store activations worth staying for.

Awards Ceremony | January 25, 2019

All events are free and open to the public.

9:00 a.m – Sculpting Ends and Judging Begins

10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.  – The FirstBank Thaw Lounge Exhibit

6:00 P.M.  – ISSC AWARD CEREMONY

Join us as we celebrate the enormous, intricate works of art created during Sculpting Week.  The awards ceremony will determine the Gold, Silver and Bronze medalists of the International Snow Sculpture Competition.

Awards are judged by technical skill, creativity, expressive impact, and adherence to the original submission.

Additional Awards: Artist’ Choice & People’s Choice
Cast your vote:  People’s Choice Votes can be cast by texting your top pick to (213) 465-7985

7:00 P.M. – ACROBATIC CIRQUE SHOW

7:30 PM – GRAND ILLUMINATION

You will not 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



Viewing Weekend Kickoff | January 26, 2019

ALL DAY  – VIEW THE SCULPTURES

The Sculptures will be on display 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 fireworks and a lightshow.

10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. – The FirstBank Thaw Lounge Exhibit

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – People’s Choice Voting
Text to Vote for your favorite sculpture at the event. Text (213) 465-7985

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. – Junior Snow Sculpture Kid’s Experience
Children can enjoy their own pint-sized sculpting experience at the Jr. Snow Sculpture Kid’s Experience.  Each child will get a chance to use hand tools and carve their own creation.
Ages: 9 & up
Location: Main Street Station
Cost: Free

6:00 p.m. – Fireworks
Firework show can be viewed from anywhere in town.

6:30 p.m. –  Breckenridge Brewery Presents:
Free Concert by El Paso Lasso

El Paso Lasso is an energetic, versatile and loveable cover band (for now, original material soon to come) based out of Breckenridge Colorado!
Location: Riverwalk Center
Cost: Free



Viewing Weekend | JANUARY 25-30, 2019

All events are free and open to the public.

ALL DAY – VIEW THE SCULPTURES

The Sculptures will be on display 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 fireworks and a lightshow.

NIGHTLY ISSC LIGHTSHOW

Dates: Nightly 1/25-1/29
The sculptures will be illuminated from dusk to dawn throughout viewing week.

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