Hard to find a more glorious way to celebrate snow and winter - than to watch the progress of the dozens of artists who are making snow sculpture this week in Breckenridge.
Locals who volunteer for the International Snow Sculpture Championships know what those who are here all week also know, that seeing the process from start to finish has a snowball effect. By today, Friday, like the Fridays of each year's event past, the sculptures roll in all directions and become dramatically different from one another. Visitors to the site, tonight, will have the opportunity to watch as the teams make the final decisions - those details that are best made in the cold of the night, for on Friday night, everyone can work as long as they like.
The work ends Saturday, at 10 am as the judges come out and make their evaluation of the sculptures. The awards will be announced at 2 p.m. Read more about this year's event, or recent years: See Snow Sculpture 2016 or Snow Sculpture 2015. Or, sign up for the blog to learn more about future International Snow Sculpture events as they're announced.
Teams from Breckenridge and Loveland, Colorado are in the competition this year, as well as teams from Vermont and Wisconsin, and from Canada, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Mexico, Mongolia, Switzerland and Ukraine.