This is a really fun free event in downtown historic Breckenridge that we’ve attended the past 3 years. This year marked the 30th Anniversary of Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships. Sixteen teams from around the world arrive in Breckenridge, Colorado to hand-carve 20-ton blocks of snow into enormous, multi-faceted works of art.
Artists are only allowed to use hand tools from ice saws to cheese graters (nothing motorized), creativity and inspiration to bring their ideas to life. Teams sculpt countless hours across five days, with many teams pulling all night shifts to finish their sculptures on time, resulting in this beautiful winter wonderland temporary outdoor art gallery.
Taking on a beautiful glow at night, you’ll enjoy walking among the whimsical scenes. This is a great way to spend an evening with friends or family after a day enjoyed on the slopes. Plan on an hour to walk the sculptures and bundle up! Then walk through the decorated and illuminated downtown afterwards in search of a warm place to have a bite to eat or drink.
The 2020 International Snow Sculpture Teams
- Great Britain
- Switzerland, Turkey
The snow sculptures were located in the area around the Riverwalk Center at 150 West Adams Avenue, Breckenridge, CO 80424. The Warming Hut exhibit and event headquarters are inside the Riverwalk Center.
We drove by when the huge earth movers unveiled these enormous 20-ton 10′ x 12′ tall cubes filled with compacted snow. The blocks are allowed to settle and compact under their own weight allowing for a more consistent medium for the sculptures.
Competition/ Sculpting Days
January 20-24, 2020
Viewing Days: January 24-29, 2020
The event site closed at 7:00 pm on January 29 and the Sculptures were taken down.
This is a pet-friendly event, however, please be aware that there will be cannons, light shows, crowds and can get very cold. Please keep pets on a leash and away from the snow sculptures. Dogs are not allowed in the FirstBank Warming Hut Exhibit.
- The winner of the 30th annual International Snow Sculpture Championships in Breckenridge — for the second year in a row — is Team Mexico with its sculpture “Greed”. The sculpture features a gluttonous king in the act of devouring food while sitting in a pile of it. The work aims to remind us that “there is a thin line between wanting more and having enough.”
- Winning silver was a team from Great Britain with its amusing sculpture, “Nice to Meet You”, which depicts two playful pups “greeting each other in the way that dogs always do.”
- Winning Bronze this year is an American team from Wisconsin with its presentation of “Duality of the Soul”. The sculpture of a dual-faced deity “represents the duality within all of us.”
- Team Mexico won Gold in the 2019 International Snow Sculpture Championships with “Cenote Garden”
- Team Germany-Shurtzmann won Silver with “Walls with Holes”
- Team Great Britain won Bronze with “Hippo Ballet Dancers”
- Team Ecuador won Artists’ Choice with “Organic Geometry”
- Team Breckenridge won People’s Choice with “Let It Snow”
Change in Format for 2021
in 2021, instead of a row of sculptures created by teams from across the globe, there will be one sculpture, just one. This is due to the temporary closure of a key parking lot. The proposal is one collaborative work titled “World Piece” to be worked on by previous team winners.
In 2022, the event will resume it’s traditional format.
From the Rowena Crest Viewpoint parking lot, the giant horseshoe curve of the highway below is surrounded by a notable plateau which combines with spectacular views of the Columbia River Gorge making this a unique viewpoint and photographic composition opportunity. Additionally, this is
Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument The Tent Rocks were a little-known BLM site before their elevation to national monument status in January 2001 by President Clinton. Kasha-Katuwe is a Keresan phrase meaning ‘white cliffs’, Keres being the traditional language of the pueblo tribes