International Snow Sculpture Championships

For over 20 years, the picturesque Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge has been transformed every January into an amazing natural gallery by sculptors working in the favorite medium of winter sports enthusiasts everywhere – snow! Check out the detailed event schedule below..


❄ Schedule Of Events ❄

Technical Week ៙ January 18 – 23
Watch how the blocks are built! Huge earth movers work to fill 10 foot wide by 12 foot tall cubes with compacted snow. The enormous blocks of snow are built in anticipation of the artists arrival – allowing the blocks time to settle and compact under their own weight prior to being carved. This allows for a more consistent medium, allowing the sculptors the ability to execute their gravity-defying designs! To volunteer to help “stomp” the blocks call Heather Bridges, Chief of Volunteers at 970-547-3100 x3 or email Heather Pease at heatherp@townofbreckenridge.com.
Sculpting Week ៙ January 26 - 30
After sitting for a few days, the sculptors have a 20-ton cube of snow to work with and in a few short days.. Sculpting begins at 11:00am on Tuesday, January 26 with a shot gun start and sculpting ends on Saturday, January 30 at 10:00am. The talented artists carve these enormous snow canvasses into expressible and amazingly intricate three-dimensional works of art using only a combination of their own two hands, creative vision and an approved set of tools. The awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, January 30 at 2:00pm. A popular time to visit is the night before the awards ceremony (Friday, January 29) as artists are preparing to stay up all night to do detail work and the atmosphere is celebratory.
Viewing Week ៙ January 30 – February 7
During viewing week, the artists are done sculpting but the sculptures remain for your viewing pleasure. From more whimsical scenes depicting Santa Claus or a ladybug on a flower to intriguing abstract shapes, these intricate creations are truly a sight to be seen! after a day on the slopes, this is a great way to spend an evening with the family as the sculptures take on a beautiful glow when illuminated at night. Weather permitting, the snow sculptures will stay up until the night of Sunday, February 7 until approximately 9:00pm and then they will disappear under the darkness of night – just as magically as they appeared! Observers are also invited to explore the shops, boutiques, restaurants and nearby galleries offering more durable non-snow art.

Get a Glimpse of What’s In Store..