For the past 28 winters, the some of the finest snow sculptors in the world have gathered in Breckenridge, Colorado for the International Snow Sculpture Championship. They come to face the daunting task of transforming, in 65 hours of intensive carving, a twelve-foot high, 50,000-pound cube of packed snow into an elusive and delicate work of art. They travel from all corners of the globe, some from places without snow, and with only simple tools and human intellect, to create art.
From January 22 to January 29, 2018 you’ll be able to watch the process in the area around the Riverwalk Center, at 150 West Adams Avenue, in Breckenridge. The sculptures change daily, hourly on some days, and you can follow along and even join in for the voting on the People’s Choice award. The teams will be working through the night on the last night and the sculptures are available to view 24 hours a day. Daytime and nighttime viewings reveal different aspects of the same sculptures. Inside the Riverwalk Center you’ll find the cleverly named Thaw Lounge with more information, educational displays including photos of past years, and souvenirs.
The Riverwalk Center is just a short walk from Breckenridge Associates Real Estate. Please stop by while you are visiting. There is free parking available on Airport Road with transportation to the event. Look for the ample signage. Alternately, the Breckenridge Free Ride offers free daily public transportation throughout town from 6:15 a.m. to 11:45 p.m. Paid parking is available throughout the town core.
For the entire event schedule, please visit 2018 Snow Sculpture Schedule.
And please remember, January at 9,600 feet is pure winter. You’ll want layers, and sunscreen and sunglasses and great shoes or boots with a grippy tread. And your sense of wonder.