wrapping up the 23rd annual International Snow Sculpture Championships

Team Breckenridge – Rodeo bull rider

The weather cooperated (for snow sculpting) last week, and locals and visitors alike were again greeted to some amazing works of art courtesy of the numerous international teams here in Breck for the big event. With smaller sculptures on display in Blue River Plaza and on the snow-covered Riverwalk Center lawn, visitors who were not even aware of the event were easily drawn in and captivated by the unique sculptures.

All last week, the teams were hard at work transforming the 10′x10′ blocks of compacted snow into their own interpretations. As I walked through the Riverwalk Center parking lot (where the snow sculptures are located), it was pretty interesting to see all of the different tools and implements the teams would be using to help carve and sculpt the blocks of hard snow in to their finished products. This was especially evident last Friday and Saturday, in the final hours of the competition, as teams would be out putting on their final touches and details on their works of art, not unlike how a finish carpenter is brought in to put the last touches on some hand-crafted woodwork.

Team Germany – Shooting Star

At Great Western Lodging, we were proud to host Team Germany in one of our Sawmill Creek condominiums. They created a gravity-defying piece that really left one wondering how they were able to create such a beautiful work of art without having it collapse, especially with some of the recent warm temps last week.
So if you’ve never experienced these larger-than-life snow sculptures before, come out January 21-26, 2014, and see for yourself this incredible event.

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