(Last Updated On: October 7, 2014)

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:

ArgentinaAustraliaBaltic-Latvia/EstoniaCanada-YukonCatalonia-SpainChinaEcuadorGermanyGreat Britain-Wales (new), Iceland (new), MexicoMongolia (new), Singapore (new), USA-AlaskaUSA-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.


Team Canada-Quebec

Team Canada-Quebec earned first prize in the 2012 International Snow Sculpture Championships in Breckenridge, CO, with “Great Expectations,” a complex and cohesive piece depicting the “ice houses” once used to preserve meat, poultry and fish on the Saint Anne River in central Quebec. The piece also won Artists’ and People’s Choice. Photo courtesy Carl Scofield


Team Germany

In 2012, Team Germany won second with “Dancing Screens,” an ambitious and superbly executed piece that rendered harmony within an imbalance of angles. Photo courtesy Carl Scofield

Team Baltic (Latvia/Estonia)

Team Baltic (Latvia/Estonia) won third in 2012 with “Discover the Edge of the World,” which used flowing lines to create 360-degree interest. Photo courtesy Carl Scofield


Team USA-Alaska

Team USA-Alaska won Kids’ Choice in 2012 with “Calamari’s Ravenge, the Kraken.” Photo courtesy Carl Scofield