Thanks to the wonder that is Facebook, I discovered I have a friend competing in this year’s Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships. The competition provides teams of four snow artists with large blocks of packed artificial snow; they then have five days to carve their masterpieces, using only hand tools. While the competition ends today with prizes awarded tomorrow, the sculptures will be on display in Breckenridge, Colorado, until February 4 (weather permitting). There are also ice sculptures on display for each of the event’s sponsors. The city is even providing free parking in certain areas and free public transportation to the display during this time.
You can follow the development of this year’s competition here, or check out this archive to see previous entries. While responsible for their own travel costs to Denver, teams are provided with free food and lodging during the competition. It may be too late for you to plan this year’s trip to Breckenridge, but it’s never too early to get together a team for next year and practice practice practice before the snow melts!