Snow Artists to Compete in Snow Sculpture Event

Snow artists from around the world will compete Jan. 21 through Jan. 25, 2014 in Breckenridge, Colo. at the International Snow Sculpture Championships.

Sculptures, which remain on display through Feb. 2, 2014, start as 12-foot-tall, 20-ton blocks of snow. Using only hand tools, artists achieve finished pieces across five days (65 hours) of sculpting.

Teams competing include Catalonia-Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain-Wales, Italy, Lithuania, Mexico, Mongolia, Mongolia-Ulaanbaatar, Russia, USA-Colorado/Black Forest, USA-Colorado/Breckenridge, USA-Vermont and USA-Wisconsin.

A panel of event founders, organizers and artists selected the teams from nearly 40 submissions; they considered past performance, team resume and overall sculpting experience, among other criteria.

“It is not surprising to see teams from many other competitions around the world,” said the event’s co-founder Rob Neyland. “The Breckenridge event has become one of the notches world-class snow carving teams need on their tool belts.”

New for 2014, Colorado Mountain College and photographer Katie Girtman will offer one- and three-day photography workshops that focus on light and shooting the winter landscape. Sessions culminate with a virtual exhibit. Visit GoBreck.com for detailed event information.

You can visit BreckConnection.com to see submission sketches, team bios and to follow teams online during competition week.

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