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Snow and ice will become an awe-inspiring art form at the 30th anniversary of Breckenridge, Colorado’s Snow Sculpture Championship

Kate Wertheimer  – January 10, 2020 | Updated January 17, 2020

For the 30th year, Breckenridge, Colorado will host 64 of the world’s leading snow sculpture artists at the International Snow Sculpture Championship, where they will hand-carve 12-foot, 20-ton blocks of ice into enormous works of art.

Sixteen four-person teams (chosen from more than 250 contending teams) will compete across 12 countries: Argentina, China, Ecuador, France, Germany, Great Britain, India, Mexico, Mongolia, Switzerland, Turkey, and the United States, which has five teams representing Alaska, Breckenridge, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Vermont.

The sculpting begins on January 20th and continues through the 24th, with the resulting sculptures left on display through the 29th, turning downtown Breckenridge into a sparkling, open-air gallery.

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According to a recent press release that truly tugged at our heartstrings, there are no cash prizes. “The artists instead revel in the reward of hard work, forged friendships, freedom of artistic expression and the satisfaction of long hours of preparation that lead to the event.”

If you can’t get to Colorado in time for this year’s spectacle, check out some incredible photos from 2019’s competition and check back with us to see 2020’s winners at the end of the month (and also maybe think about booking next year’s ski trip to Breckenridge).

Courtesy of Breckenridge Tourism Office
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