International Snow Sculpture Championships
Typically the third week of January.
Come see snow transformed into art on a grand scale right in front of your eyes. Each January artists from around the world gather to create impressive snow sculptures from twenty-ton blocks of snow that stand ten feet high. Even more impressive is that they are only allowed to use hand tools!
Sculptures range from whimsical works such as a boy and his father sledding to technically difficult abstract shapes. Sculptors get sixty five hours to complete these massive works and teams come from all around the world to compete. The competition is open to the public and the artists are more than happy to discuss their works with guests.
If you are looking to take home some art, explore the shops, boutiques, restaurants and nearby galleries offering more durable non-snow art. A visit to the snow sculptures is a great way to spend an evening with the family after a day on the slopes as the sculptures take on a beautiful glow when illuminated at night.
The Snow Sculpture Championship takes place in the 3rd week of January each year.
Traditional Snow Sculpture Schedule:
Sculpting Week: 1/24-28, 2017
Sculpting begins at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday with a gunshot start and sculpting ends on Saturday at 10:00 a.m. The awards ceremony will be on Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
Viewing Week: 1/28-2/5, 2017
Stop by to view the sculptures as they will be up all week weather permitting.
*Please note that visitors are welcome to the event anytime between January 24 – February 5, 2017. During viewing week the artists are done sculpting, but the sculptures are left up for your viewing pleasure.