Breckenridge is often ranked among Colorado’s prettiest towns, with many of its original buildings that housed hotels, dance halls and saloons, still standing over 150 years after they were built, and in the winter, blanketed in snow, it becomes even more magnificent.
While most people equate Breckenridge with skiing, with it world famous for its ski resort that draws countless visitors to glide down the powdery slopes, there are many other things to do here during the chillier months of the year, including the annual Breckenridge snow sculpture contest.
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The International Snow Sculpture Championships has been bringing snow artists from across the globe for over two decades now to compete at the end of January, transforming Riverwalk Center into a mesmerizing natural art gallery where the medium is snow.
The impressive works of art start out as 12-foot-tall, 25 ton blocks of snow before the teams compete using only hand tools to create the incredible pieces over five days. No power tools, internal support structures or colorants can be used in this unique, one-of-a-kind event which kicks off on January 21st, 2019 and runs until January 30th.
Although no prize money is awarded, the artists come just for the chance to participate in one of the most prestigious snow-sculpting events in the world, with teams gathering in the spirit of camaraderie to create the dazzling works.
In 2017, Team China took the Gold with “Mermaid,” a piece depicting an underwater scene highlighted by a graceful mermaid swimming through the sea. In 2018, Team Mongolia won gold with “Secret”, a piece that depicted a representation of a secret keepers chest.
The weekend is lively, ending with an awards ceremony and acrobatic Cirque show on January 25th at 6pm at the Riverwalk Center. Stay to catch the fireworks on January 26th at 6pm, which can be viewed from downtown Breckenridge.
Sculpting begins on January 21st with a shotgun start at 11am and ends on January 25th at 9am.
The awards ceremony will take place on January 25th at 6pm, with Thursday, January 24th being one of the best times to visit, as artists stay up all night doing the detail work and the atmosphere is lively.
Whether or not you plan to ski Brek, coming to this magical snow globe town to support your favorite sculpture with the People’s Choice Vote and discover more about the process of snow sculpting, is pretty much guaranteed to make for an unforgettable escape in the Colorado Rockies.
Viewing days are January 25th, 2019 to the 29th, where artists will be done with all of their hard work and the sculptures remain for all to see. It’s an ideal way to spend an evening after a day out on the slopes. They’ll stay up until about 7pm on January 30th before fading away just as magically as they seemed to appear.
For more information, head to GoBreck.com.