International annual snow sculpture – a give away to China?

It looks like the 20th annual international snow sculpture competition which is held in Breckenridge, Colorado from Jauary 26th to 30th is going to be a give away to the very strong team from China.

But the competition comes from around the world with thirteen teams from around the globe competing from seven countries including the Czech Republic, Canada with 2 teams, Lithuania, Mexico, Russia and the U.S. as well as the Chinese.

The United States has 5 teams from Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Snow Sculpting is attended annually by more than 30,000 people of all ages from across the U.S. and the world.

The four-person teams are assigned 12-foot-tall, 20-ton blocks of machine-made Colorado snow. These teams work within a five-day period to create their sculptures. From these blocks of snow, the teams often craft enormous pieces of whimsy, although some deliver powerful political or social commentary.

The finished pieces are achieved after a total of 65 intense hours of work without the use of power tools, internal support structures or colorants — just the ingenuity of the sculptors and a medium that lends itself, if only temporarily, to the persuasion of hand tools. When the sculptures are finished on Saturday, Jan. 30, a panel of well-known artists and patrons of the arts serve as judges. Awards are presented to the first, second and third place sculptures on Sunday, Jan. 31.

Last year it was a team Canada for taking first place with their sculpture titled ‘Family Reunion’ and the Chinese could only manage second place with their sculpture entitled ‘The march of Spring’ .

Awards are also given for People’s Choice, Kids’ Choice and Artists’ Choice. There are no cash prizes; the artists instead revel in the reward of hard work, forged friendships, freedom of artistic expression and the satisfaction of long hours of preparation that lead to the event.

But if the annual International Ice and Snow Festival  which has just begun in Harbin, northern China, featuring giant luminous ice sculptures and a fireworks display is anything to go by the other teams have no hope. Check out what the ‘land of the many’ can do, in the video below from ReutersVideo , when they turn their energies to sculpting ice – impressive.

Back to reality – the Snow Sculptures at Breckenridge are located in the area around the Riverwalk Center at 150 West Adams Avenue, Breckenridge, CO 80424. If you want further information we suggest you visit the website

Its gonna be a lot of fun!

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