Snow brings delight to many eyes in Breckenridge, and it’s not just because the town possesses some of the best snow to ski and snowboard on. In January 2016, the town of Breckenridge will host the Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships at the Riverwalk Center on 150 W Adams Avenue.
Get ready for the festivities by visiting the Block Party at the Riverwalk Center on January 23rd, where Hazel Miller will play at 7:30 pm. The Kid’s Snow Sculpting Competition will be held from January 23rd to the 26th and will feature children from local schools in the area competing and showing off their own snow sculpting skills. You can check out the finished sculptures at the Main Street Station Plaza.
Forget about snowmen because this competition features snow artists from around the world who spend five days, January 26th to the 30th, sculpting 12 foot tall mounds of snow into masterpieces. Take advantage of the free 3 hour parking in Breckenridge and park at the Courthouse lot, Barney Ford lot, and the French Street lot. While the snow artists do their thing, make your way to the Thaw Lounge+Music to learn about the process and history of snow sculpting, information about the teams competing, and fun trivia while grabbing goodies like postcards and pins. For some exciting fire and snow compilations visit the Fire Arts Festival, occurring from January 28th to January 31st, which features pyrotechnical effects and burning snow sculptures in the Breckenridge Arts District.
The Snow Sculpture Viewing Week occurs between January 30th and February 7th, and the Championships even host a People’s Choice Vote for $1 to vote. All money raised by the People’s Choice Vote goes to the Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships. Nearby is the Ice Village which will feature carved ice masterpieces that are usually representative of the sponsors of the event. So come on out to this magical event after spending time on the mountain to see what else we here in Breckenridge can do with snow!