International Snow Sculptures
Typically the third week of January.
Come see snow transformed into art on a grand scale right in front of your eyes. Each January artists from around the world gather to create impressive snow sculptures from 20-ton blocks of snow that stand 10 feet high. Even more impressive is that they are only allowed to use hand tools!
Sculptures range from whimsical works such as a boy and his father sledding to technically difficult abstract shapes. Sculptors get 65 hours to complete these massive works, and teams come from all around the world to compete. The competition is open to the public and the artists are more than happy to discuss their works with guests.
If you are looking to take home some art, explore the shops, boutiques, restaurants and nearby galleries offering more durable non-snow art. A visit to the snow sculptures is a great way to spend an evening with the family after a day on the slopes as the sculptures take on a beautiful glow when illuminated at night.
The Snow Sculpture Championship takes place in the third week of January each year.
Traditional Snow Sculpture Schedule:
Watch how the blocks are built or even volunteer to help. The enormous blocks of snow are built in anticipation of the artists arrival so that the blocks have time to settle and compact under their own weight prior to being carved.
Sculpting begins at 11:00 a.m. with a gunshot start the third week of January, and sculpting ends on that Friday at 10:00 a.m. The awards ceremony will be later that afternoon.
Stop by to view the sculptures as they will be up all week, weather permitting.