(Last Updated On: October 7, 2014)

Repeat competitors and medalists at the Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships, Team USA-Alaska has been competing internationally in snow carving competitions for seven years. Members of Team Alaska have also carved competitively and for festivals in Europe and China.

This year they will create Raven Myth, a piece that will share the tale of how the raven became a black bird. Check back during the competition, Jan. 22 – Feb. 3, 2013, for photo updates on Team USA-Alaska or see a few other teams selected for the 2013 competition.

Team Alaska will sculpt Raven Myth, a piece that will share the tale of how the raven became a black bird.

Team Alaska will sculpt Raven Myth, a piece that will share the tale of how the raven became a black bird.

About Team USA-Alaska
Pete Lucchetti, team captain: As a snow carver, Pete has competed in competitions throughout the United States and in Canada, China, Switzerland and Italy. In the 2011 Breckenridge competition, Pete saluted his snow carving mentor Donald Watt, Captain of Team Canada-Yukon, by sculpting Don’s likeness as the man building a fire in the Alaska Stories sculpture.

Ken Graham: A photographer and snow carver, Ken is Team Alaska’s most eligible bachelor. Ken works as a hero for a living as Captain of the Skagway Fire Department.

Philip Clark: As a custom carpenter in historic Skagway, Philip’s native medium is wood. The majority of Team Alaska has worked in Antarctica; Philip served most recently, working as pipefitter, cook and materials handler supporting science expeditions on the frozen continent. Phillip is well traveled but he is afraid to go back to New Hampshire because of quarter bet gambling debts owed from playing cards when he was supposed to be in college.

Cary Retlin, team representative (not allowed to sculpt): A watercolorist and birding instructor, Cary earned a Bachelor’s of Science from the Audubon Expedition Institute, and a Master’s in Public Administration from the Evergreen State College. Cary won second place in the 1984 Michigan Cub Scout Pine Wood Derby Grand Prix. He works as a policy analyst when he isn’t carving snow.

Doug Lucchetti: Doug is a painter, glass sculptor and carver. In addition to sowing seeds of art domestically and internationally, Doug served as a ranger for the National Park Service in Denali, Klondike Goldrush National Park and Alcatraz. Doug is an alumnus of the Barbizon Modeling and Acting Center.

Find the team on Facebook.com/TeamAlaska.

Coming back to Breckenridge, staying true to their original snow sculpting team.

Coming back to Breckenridge, staying true to their original snow sculpting team. Photo by: E studio Gallery

Day one and Alaska is ready to get to it. Strategy is key in sculpting.

Day one and Alaska is ready to get to it. Strategy is key in sculpting. Photo by: E Studio Gallery

Day 2: Attention to detail is essential to creating a perfectly sculpted masterpiece. Photo by E Studio Gallery

Day 2: Attention to detail is essential to creating a perfectly sculpted masterpiece. Photo by E Studio Gallery

Day 3: Team Alaska knows what it takes to win this competition and they are doing just that to make every aspect of their sculpture perfect. Photo by: E Studio Gallery

Day 3: Team Alaska knows what it takes to win this competition and they are doing just that to make every aspect of their sculpture perfect. Photo by: E Studio Gallery

Day 4 Photo by: E Studio Gallery

Day 4 Photo by: E Studio Gallery

Visit GoBreck.com for a full gallery of photos from the 23rd Annual Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships.

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