23rd International Snow Sculpting Championships

Something new has been added!
During sculpting week in Breckenridge, our artists do their best work with shovels and snow.
To highlight that work, an eco-friendly LED lighting system will illuminate the outdoor sculpture gallery.
Throughout the viewing week subtle colors add to the artistry, creating a dance of light and snow
The Championships are held in and around the Riverwalk Center, located in the heart of Breckenridge
on South Park Avenue between Washington Street and Adams Avenue.
Not sure what happened to the pictures for this year...I will try to find them and replace all the broken links soon

“Mongolian Warriors”

1st Place

People's Choice

Artist's Choice

In the 13th century Mongolian warriors were very powerful and courageous heroes. In this sculpture we aim to show the grim courage and cast-iron will of the Mongolian warriors.


“Banyista Nua (Homage to Picasso)"

2nd Place


This snow sculpture pays homage to Picasso, one of the greatest artists of the 20th century. Picasso was born in Spain and grew as an artist in Barcelona. History tells us that Picasso began with Cubism while observing the houses of Horta de Saint Joan in the south of Catalonia. Picasso's work combined with the atmosphere of our sunny country inspired us to sculpt a woman naked on the beach. This design is meant to contrast with the snow and cold in Breckenridge. Perhaps, sculpting in snow with a "warm" theme may help our team survive the cold temperatures!
Picasso forever!





3rd Place


This sculpture is based on an old fairy tale - Dawn and Dusk which depicts two lovers who can meet only two times in a year. The sculpture also shows us that everything has two sides - dark and light and that it is all in flux.



Kid's Choice

Food was scarce, and a boy and his grandfather weren't strong enough to hunt. They decided to risk perishing. They tracked a polar bear. First the grandfather rushed the bear, and the boy was saved. The meat was enough to feed them all winter.
Source: The last of the ARTIC by William Kurelek




You are a shelter in movement
In your long journey you gather stories as secrets you keep
But when to the shore you get...you seem empty
You come accompanied by the sea and their whispers
Which reveal what you are by nature
You were a treasure refuge
And time has released your dreams
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“Emu Egg”

(Mother of a nation)


Emus are Australia's largest birds and share many characteristics with Australian snow sculptors. They grow to a height of 2 meters and take huge strides up to 3 meters long. They are opportunistically nomadic and may travel very long distances. They ingest stones, glass shards, and bits of metal to grind food in their digestive systems. They drink infrequently, but take copious fluids when the opportunity arises. They are curious birds who are known to follow and watch other animals and humans.
The emu egg is a symbol of the delicate beauty and astounding strength found everywhere in nature.



“Happy Winter”

A chinese family enjoys the advent of winter.


As a matter turns into fossil, there are remains or signs of the past activity. They have given to this new form of visual life, having been rescued and worked on by a modern vision in which it was possible to have archived an expression of delicacy and nobility inside the curves and lines (figures) that are immersed intrinsically in a drawn sculpture; therefore, it expresses the beginning, the process and the end (purpose) of the life.
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“Shooting Star”

Nothing is lost, nothing is gone forever. This sculpture demonstrates the transformation that occurs when an object moves into another sphere (another dimension). The marvel of rebirth is given by this star's bursting into five points to become a new universe and to start a new future. That is the miracle of life.

“The Seven Deadly Sins”

Our sculpture is called the seven deadly sins and involves caricatures interacting with each other within a circular arrangement. Each sculpture will take on two characters adding their style to the piece.

ENVY is reacting to GREED, then LUDT is observing PRIDE, SLOTH and WRATH are being affected by GLUTTONY.



A ball-shaped snow house, the windows represent the pattern of the traditional Icelandic sweater. This traditional kind of woolen sweater is called "lapapeysa".


 Whal-e is a mechanical whale composed of steel plates, rivets, gear system for the movement and a navigational controller.
The message we want to communicate with mechanical whale is, if we do not solve global warming, it will cause our children to know only mechanical animals.
The detail and overall shape of the whale exalts the conclusion: "Natural beauty will never be replaced".

“Love, Balance and Community”

The sculpture signifies how communities around the world can communicate with each other to promote peace, harmony and balance.
The Merlion is a mythical creature with the head of a lion and the body of fish, used as a mascot of Singapore.
Dolphins teach us that when we live in tune with the patterns and rhythm of nature, we learn how to truly be in touch with, resonate and communicate with all.
The Dolphins and Merlion swimming together represent the desire of the nation in attaining peace throughout the region and the rest of the world.

“Raven Myth”

 Raven fell in love with Grey Eagle's daughter. Raven was a handsome man.
He changed into a white bird, which pleased the daughter.
When Raven saw the sun, moon, stars and water hanging in Eagle's lodge, he stole them, and fire also.
Raven hung the sun, moon and stars in the sky. He kept flying, carrying the fresh water and fire.
He dropped the water. It fell to the ground and became the source of all fresh-water.
The smoke from the fire blew over his white feathers and made them black.
That is why Raven is now a black bird.

“8 seconds to glory”

This piece was inspired by the rodeo event that has now made it's appearance here in Breckenridge. This piece represents the power of the life as it throws us in different directions. We are just trying to hold on and enjoy the ride so we can collect the glory in the end.
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