This is and has always been a free event open to the general public.
Championship Dates January 23 – February 1, 2023
Breckenridge’s International Snow Sculpture Championships presented by Toyota is a world renowned snow sculpting competition where teams from around the world descend on Breckenridge, Colorado to hand-carve 25-ton blocks of snow into enormous, intricate works of art. Artists are only allowed to use hand tools, creativity and inspiration to bring their ideas to life. No power tools allowed! Teams sculpt countless hours across five days (totaling around 94 hours), resulting in a temporary outdoor art gallery in historic downtown Breckenridge!
Join us at the 2023 International Snow Sculpture Championships presented by Toyota
- Carving Week: January 23-27, 2023
- Viewing Week: January 27-February 1, 2023
The sculpture viewing area will be closed at 7:00 pm on February 1st.
The weekend of viewing, Friday, Jan. 27 – Sunday, Jan. 29, is historically the most popular time for sculpture viewing. To help ensure the best environment for artists and viewers timed entry reservations will be required ONLY on Saturday, Jan. 28. There is no cost for a timed entry, but availability is limited. Spectators can sign up for a Saturday sculpture viewing at 10:00 am, 12:00 pm or 2:00 pm.
We encourage spectators to view the sculptures from Sunday, Jan. 29 – Wednesday, Feb. 1 when reservations are not required.
Where are the sculptures located?
The Snow Sculptures are 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.
2023 ICE SCULPTURE TEAMS
The 12 2023 International Snow Sculpture Teams are: Denmark, Germany – Bavaria, Germany, Great Britain, India – Castillo, Italy, Lithuania, Switzerland, USA – Breckenridge, CO, USA – Vermont, USA – Wisconsin – Snowblind, USA – Wisconsin – Tomczak
2022 CHAMPIONSHIP WINNERS
- Team USA Wisconsin (Tomczak)/ The Digital Divide wins gold
- Team Germany/ FLOAT wins silver
- Team USA Wisconsin (Vogt) / Bee Sustainability – wins bronze
- Team Germany/ FLOAT – wins the Lothar Luboschik Artists’ Choice Award
- Team Mexico / King of Thrones wins People’s Choice Award
Event Program + People’s Choice
Download your program guide for the 2023 International Snow Sculpture Championships presented by Toyota to discover the meaning of each sculpture, a detailed schedule and a historic look at 32 years of snow sculpting history.
CAST YOUR VOTE FOR PEOPLE’S CHOICE
Whether you’re here in Breckenridge or simply wishing you were, you’re invited to vote for your favorite International Snow Sculpting Championships presented by Toyota sculpture.
Voting Starts: January 25 @ noon
Voting Closes: January 28 @ 2:00pm
Cast Your Vote Starting January 25!
A Permanent Memento
Be sure to stop by the Thaw Lounge+Music for postcards, pins, and for more event information including a look at past sculptures.
Snow carving in Breckenridge began as a local pastime during the town’s winter carnival – Ullr Fest – in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The founders of Breckenridge’s International Snow Sculpture Championships are still involved in the event today attended annually by more than 30,000 people.
History on Display
Discover the process of snow sculpting, information about the teams, and lots of interesting trivia. Located in the Thaw Lounge+Music, this exhibit explores the last 25 years of the International Snow Sculpture Championships.
Don’t Forget to Vote for your favorite sculpture
Support your favorite sculpture with the People’s Choice Vote. Throughout sculpting week, simply text the country of your favorite sculpture to vote. Text numbers can be found at each sculpture. More details can be found in the Warming Hut.
The Magic of Ice
Don’t miss the spectacular Ice Village, located at the Riverwalk Center. Each intricate carving is sculpted into a glowing statue. The sculptures represent many of the supporters of the Snow Sculpture Championships.
Are Dogs Allowed?
The International Snow Sculpture Championships is a pet-friendly event, however, please be aware that there will be cannons, light shows, and crowds and can get very cold. Please keep pets on a leash and away from the snow sculptures.
Free Daily Parking
Free parking is available on Airport Road with free shuttles running every 15 minutes via the Yellow Route on the Breck Free Ride Bus. The closest bus stop to Event Headquarters is F-Lot, which is serviced by most bus routes. View bus schedule
Free public transportation is available throughout town from 6:30 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. View town bus routes
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