Breckenridge, Colorado is once again preparing to transform into a frozen wonderland. And no, we don’t mean the mountain town’s usual energy as skiers and riders take to the slopes but the 2024 Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships – an event that pushes the boundaries of creativity and nature. One of Breckenridge’s best winter events, this annual competition draws sculptors and viewers from around the world.
From January 22nd to January 31st, 2024, Main Street becomes an open-air gallery showcasing the incredible talents of international teams as they wield hand tools and sheer determination to sculpt icy behemoths into breathtaking art.
Sculpting Week (January 22nd-26th) is about sculpture craftsmanship. Teams work for five days to sculpt detailed works of art out of 25-ton blocks of snow. See how a vision on paper translates into a physical masterpiece, layer by layer, chip by chip.
The tension mounts as competition heats up, and teams race against the clock to bring their artistic dreams to life. 2024’s lineup represents teams from all over the world, including Germany, China, Mexico, South Korea, Lithuania, Ecuador, India, Mongolia, Breckenridge, and Wisconsin.
The awards ceremony will take place Friday, January 26th, with awards for gold, silver, bronze, and artist’s choice. This event is free and open to the public.
Viewing week is January 26-31, where visitors can wander through the Riverwalk Center and appreciate the unique sculptures. Sculptures will be lit up at night, creating an optimal viewing experience. Visitors may also vote for their favorite sculptures in the people’s choice category!
The energy is electric, with music filling the air and tempting food throughout downtown. During the awards ceremony especially, the town comes out to celebrate and cheer for their favorite teams.
Timed entries are required on Saturday, January 27th, and it is suggested that visitors plan their visit for after Saturday.
Beyond the Sculptures:
While the snow sculptures are the main attraction, there is so much more to discover in Breckenridge during this winter wonderland event. Whether you are a mountain enthusiast, a foodie, or an art lover, you will find something to suit your fancy. Send it down Breckenridge mountain for some fresh powder action, indulge in world-class dining, explore one of Colorado’s best local art scenes, or warm up with a cozy winter acitivity.
What to Expect in 2024:
Enhanced Lighting: Get ready for an even more captivating experience with improved lighting around the sculptures, allowing you to appreciate the intricate details and artistry even after dark.
Sustainability Focus: Through its SustainableBreck Plan, the town of Breckenridge remains committed to making this event, as well as all town-sanctioned events, eco-friendly. Expect to see initiatives like recycling stations and energy-efficient lighting, and be sure to bring reusable cups and bags while visiting coffee shops and boutiques.
Whether you are a seasoned art connoisseur or simply seeking a unique winter adventure, the 2024 Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships promises something for everyone.
It is a chance to witness the breathtaking beauty of art carved from snow, experience the camaraderie of a global competition, and embrace the magic of winter in Breckenridge.