Click on a team name below to see the submission sketches and, once the competition is underway, daily photo updates.
Breckenridge’s International Snow Sculpture Championships is stretching even farther worldwide this January. For years, European teams have competed against mostly North American teams. But in 2013, teams of artists come to Breckenridge from 16 different countries, including Mongolia, India and Iceland.
It was a difficult selection process, according to event founder Rob Neyland. After all, the pool of applicants was nearly double that of past years, and only 16 teams made the cut. Here are the teams competing in 2013:
Argentina, Australia, Baltic-Latvia/Estonia, Canada-Yukon, Catalonia-Spain, China, Ecuador, Germany, Great Britain-Wales (new), Iceland (new), Mexico, Mongolia (new), Singapore (new), USA-Alaska, USA-Breckenridge
We’ll post updates for each of the participating teams as the event gets closer. In the meantime, check out last year’s winners below, and be sure to keep an eye on Facebook.com/GoBreck, where we’ll be posting photos as the sculptures evolve throughout the 2013 event.
About the Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships
Throughout the five days (65 hours) of sculpting, teams create enormous works of art from 12-foot-tall, 20-ton blocks of machine-made Colorado snow. Artists achieve finished pieces without the use of power tools, internal support structures or colorants.
The free event gives rise to a temporary outdoor sculpture gallery in the center of downtown Breckenridge. At the close of the competition, judges award Gold, Silver and Bronze prizes, along with the Artists’ Choice award. Two categories are open to public voting: People’s Choice and Kids’ Choice. Winners receive no money; instead, they receive recognition throughout the international snow sculpting community.