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While the annual International Snow Sculpture Championships are postponed until 2022, Breckenridge’s snow sculptures will still make an appearance during the 2021 Breckenridge Snow Sculpture Invitational.

This year, Breckenridge will host temporary snow art installations placed throughout our historic mining community to encourage people to move throughout a larger footprint for viewing. Internationally acclaimed sculptors who have helped shape Breckenridge’s rich 30 year tradition of snow carving will come together to amaze and delight with their snow creations. In the spirit of open-air exploration that Breckenridge is known for, snow sculptures will be featured in iconic dispersed locations and remain on display for two weeks from January 29 – February 7, 2021.

  • Build Week: January 26 – January 29
  • Viewing Weeks: January 29 – February 7, 2021 

In addition to the temporary snow art, visitors won’t want to miss Breckenridge’s award-winning arts district full of unique local makers and the 30+ public art installations throughout town.

The Breckenridge Snow Sculpture Invitational will adhere to all public health and safety regulations required for Colorado. Learn More.

 

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2021 Schedule

Drone night view of International Snow Sculptures in Breckenridge

Sculpting Week | January 26 - 29, 2021

Viewing locations and details coming soon!

 

Viewing Weeks | January 29 - February 7, 2021

Viewing locations and details coming soon!

Larger than Life Snow Sculptures Dazzle in Breckenridge

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Parking + Transportation

How to get to the Breckenridge Snow Sculptures

Most travelers book a shuttle or rent a car to travel from the airport to Breckenridge. Shuttle services are well equipped to fit all your luggage and ski gear and offer door-to-door service.

Shuttle Companies serving DIA to Summit County:

Bus from Frisco to Breckenridge

Summit Stage Frisco to Breckenridge route runs every 30 minutes from the FTC to Breckenridge at the top and bottom of each hour until 5:30pm where it goes to once per hour, and if they stay on the bus (which becomes the Boreas Pass loop) they can disembark at the Village.   View Route Schedule

Breckenridge Back to Frisco

The return trip would be from F-lot, boarding the Boreas Pass Loop at :58 and :28 after the hour until 6:58pm when it goes to once per hour.  This bus would continue to the FTC.  View Route Schedule

Driving In

While we recommend going carless in Breckenridge, if you do need to rent  or drive your car, make sure you’re comfortable with mountain driving conditions and choose a vehicle that’ll fit your checked baggage, skis and snowboards. Visit GoI70.com to learn the best times to travel to avoid congestion.   We expect this to be a very busy weekend and encourage carpooling, rideshares and visitors using the Bustang if they are visiting from Denver.

Before you jump on the road, check real-time road conditions at CoTrip.org. Once here, we recommend  leaving the car parked at your hotel or rental during your stay or leaving it in one parking spot. Once you are parked you can easily take the free bus, trolley or lodging shuttles to and from town or to the mountain so you don’t have to worry about finding parking again. Almost everything in town is pay-to-park and fills up quickly.

More Resources:

Bustang Schedule from Denver to Frisco Transit Station

Summit Stage Schedule from Frisco Transit Station to Breck Transit Station

Learn more about parking in Breckenridge.

Where should visitors park to see the Breckenridge Snow Sculptures?

Free Daily Parking

Free parking is available on Airport Road with free shuttles running to town. The closest bus stop to Event Headquarters is F-Lot, which is serviced by most bus routes.  You can view real-time bus locations, geo locate the closest bus stops, and route info on the app or Breck FreeRide websiteDogs are not allowed on Breckenridge’s Breck FreeRide transit system.  Dogs will not be allowed on the buses around town or buses providing free transportation from Airport Rd. Parking Lot to the event.

View bus route info and schedules

 

Additional Parking – Saturday and Sunday ONLY

Additional free parking is available at the Colorado Mountain College (CMC) parking lot off of Airport Road. Free transportation to the event from the lot will be provided from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Once you arrive in town, it is highly recommended that you walk or continue to use public transportation while in-town.

Learn more about how to navigate Breckenridge without a car!

Where should private charter buses park and drop off/pick up?

Tour buses need to unload/load at F –Lot

Tour buses will need to park in #1 or #2 spot, which may require the driver to loop around the island on the south end of F-lot.

Tour buses should  NOT under any circumstances park where the normal bus stops are located. It will be extremely crowded with town bus traffic and lodging shuttle buses.

To load, it would be best that they have a set time or have the passengers gather and then call the bus to come get passengers.

 

Where do tour buses go after they unload?

Tour buses are not able to park or linger at the F-Lot. Once they unload they will need to go find a spot, at Airport Rd. Parking Lot.

 

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FAQs

Lights at the 2018 International Snow Sculpture Championships in Breckenridge

What are the Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships presented by Toyota?

A world renowned snow sculpting competition where 16 teams from around the world descend on Breckenridge, Colorado to hand-carve 20-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 96 hours), resulting in a temporary outdoor art gallery in historic downtown Breckenridge!

 

How much does it cost to attend the event?

Nothing!  The International Snow Sculpture Championships presented by Toyota is a free event open to the general public.

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.

Where should I park for the International Snow Sculpture Championships presented by Toyota?

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 town bus routes

 

More Free Parking Saturday & Sunday of International Snow Sculpture Championships presented by Toyota

Additional free parking is available at the Colorado Mountain College (CMC) parking lot off of Airport Road. Free transportation to the event from the lot will be provided from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Learn more about how to navigate Breckenridge without a car!

 

Who are the 2020 Teams?

2020 International Snow Sculpture Championships presented by Toyota teams include:  USA-Alaska, Argentina, USA-Breckenridge, China, Ecuador, France-Normandie, Germany, Great Britain, India, Mexico, USA-Minnesota, Mongolia, Switzerland, Turkey, USA-Wisconsin, USA-Vermont.

How do I vote for the People's Choice Award?

Support your favorite sculpture with the People’s Choice Vote. Voters can vote for multiple snow sculptors once per day throughout People’s Choice.

Voting starts Wednesday, January 22 at noon
Voting ends Saturday, January 25 at 2:00 p.m.

 

Who are this year's winners?

2020 Winners

    • Team Mexico won Gold for the second year in a row with “Greed”
    • Team Great Britain won Silver with “Nice To Meet You”
    • Team USA-Wisconsin won Bronze with “Duality of the Soul”
    • Team India won Artists’ Choice with “Triumph Over Evil”
    • Team France won People’s Choice with “Twister”

What is happening next year in 2021?

With the planned closure of the Breckenridge South Gondola lot starting May 2020, the 2021 International Snow Sculpting Championships presented by Toyota will transform from the event’s historic format to focus on one mega snow sculpture. Master-sculptors will be selected from winning teams from around the world to come together and create the sculpture, “World Piece.” More information will be release at www.GoBreck.com as it becomes available.

How did the Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships presented by Toyota get started?

Are dogs allowed?

The International Snow Sculpture Championships presented by Toyota 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.

Dogs are not allowed on Breckenridge’s Breck FreeRide transit system.  Dogs will not be allowed on the buses around town or buses providing free transportation from Airport Rd. Parking Lot to the event.

Get Involved

Lights at the 2018 International Snow Sculpture Championships in Breckenridge

How do you compete in the International Snow Sculpture Championships presented by Toyota?

Teams from around the world may apply to compete in the International Snow Sculpture Championships presented by Toyota.

2020 Registration is closed.

Volunteer

Technical Week – January 14-19, 2020

Volunteer to create the enormous blocks of snow the artists will use for the competition! Technical week allows the initial building of the blocks and offers time for the blocks to compress under their own weight prior to being carved. This allows for a more consistent medium, giving the sculptors the ability to execute their gravity-defying designs. There are limited volunteer opportunities available.

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Thank you for your help!

 

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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