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International Snow Sculpture Championships

Presented by Toyota

January 23 - February 1, 2023
What To Know Before You Go

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 7:00pm on February 1st

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Saturday Reservations

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 10:00am, 12:00pm or 2:00pm.

We encourage spectators to view the sculptures Sunday, Jan. 29 – Wednesday, Feb. 1 when reservations are not required.

Join us at 2023 International Snow Sculpture Championships

2023 Schedule

Breckenridge International Snow Sculptures 2022

Watch how the sculptures transform from 20 ft blocks of snow to intricate works of art!

  • Sculpting Week:  January 23-27, 2023
  • Viewing Week: January 27-February 1, 2023
    The sculpture viewing area will be closed at 7:00pm on February 1s.
lit up snow sculptures at night

Sculpting Week - Jan. 23- 27

Viewing Week - Jan. 27 - Feb. 1

LAST DAY TO VIEW SCULPTURES - Feb. 1

Event Program + People's Choice Voting

2023 Teams + Championship Winners

Teams + Winners

Every year, the Snow Sculpture Organizing Committee sends 250 invitations in June and receives artist submissions in August. A selection committee reviews the entries and decides which teams to invite. Selected teams provide their own transportation to Denver and are supported by a travel stipend. The Organizing Committee, along with the help of many local sponsors, takes care of artist meals, transportation from DEN and lodging in Breckenridge.

2023 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

2023 Championship Winners

  • GOLD: Team Germany (Bavaria) – Sub-Zero Gravity
  • SILVER: Team USA (Breckenridge) – Ullr
  • BRONZE: Team Lithuania – Warn(m)ing Clouds Intersect
  • ARTISTS’ CHOICE AWARD: Team Lithuania – Warn(m)ing Clouds Intersect
  • PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD: USA (Wisconsin – Snowblind) – Forest Jam

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.

DOWNLOAD PROGRAM

 

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

Parking + Transportation

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What To Know Before You Go

2023 FAQs

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Get Involved

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Lodging Offers

International Snow Sculpture Championships is best experienced over a few days so we encourage you to stay the night.  Breckenridge offers all types of lodging options and amenities to help make your visit unforgettable.  Discover ski-in/ski-out properties, spa-worthy hot tubs and places with plenty of room for the whole family.

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