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During the 30th Anniversary of Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships presented by Toyota, 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!

This is and has always been a free event open to the general public.

Competition/ Sculpting Days:  January 20-24, 2020

Viewing Days: January 24-29, 2020

The event site will close at 7:00 pm on January 29 and the Sculptures will be taken down.

Download Event Program Guide

 

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.

 

2020 Winners

2020 Schedule

Sculpting Week | January 20-23, 2020

All events are free and open to the public.

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

Sculpting Starts: Monday, January 20 at 11:00am with a canon start
Sculpting Ends: Friday, January 24 at 9:00am and the judging begins

Download the 2020 event program guide

 

Monday, January 20


11:00am – SCULPTING BEGINS WITH A CANON START

Watch as 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.  Get a sneak peek at the 2020 sculptures before they are built.

Location: Exterior of Riverwalk Center, located at 150 W. Adams Avenue

 

12:00pm – 8:00pm – FIRSTBANK WARMING HUT EXHIBIT 

Warm-up and immerse yourself in the 30-year history of the International Snow Sculpture Championships presented by Toyota. Located inside the Riverwalk Center, the FirstBank Warming Hut will feature a history exhibit, souvenir shop and volunteers to answer any event questions.

 


Tuesday, January 21


All Day – SCULPTING CONTINUES

Watch as 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. Get a sneak peek at the 2020 sculptures before they are built.

Location: Exterior of Riverwalk Center, located at 150 W. Adams Avenue.

 

12:00pm – 5:00pm – FIRSTBANK WARMING HUT EXHIBIT *Early close today 

Warm-up and immerse yourself in the 30-year history of the International Snow Sculpture Championships presented by Toyota. Located inside the Riverwalk Center, the FirstBank Warming Hut will feature a history exhibit, souvenir shop and volunteers to answer any event questions.

 

6:30pm – 9:00pm – Ski Bum: The Warren Miller Story

One year after Warren Miller’s passing, the documentary “Ski Bum” chronicles his life with in-depth on-camera interviews with members of the Miller family, Warren’s closets friends, and Warren Miller himself.
Location:  Riverwalk Center
Time: Doors Open: 6:30pm; Show starts at 7:00pm
Cost: $14 General Admission
Purchase Tickets


Wednesday, January 22


All Day – SCULPTING CONTINUES

Watch as 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. Download the 2020 event program guide.

Location: Exterior of Riverwalk Center, located at 150 W. Adams Avenue

 

12:00pm – PEOPLE’S CHOICE VOTING BEGINS

Whether you’re here in Breckenridge or simply wishing you were,  you’re invited to vote for your favorite International Snow Sculpture Championships presented by Toyota sculpture. Vote for your favorite sculpture starting 1/22/20. Voting Ends: Saturday, January 25 at 2:00pm. Votes will be tallied and the People’s Choice Winner will be announced on @GoBreck social accounts the following day.
Cast Your Vote


12:00pm – 8:00pm – FIRSTBANK WARMING HUT EXHIBIT

Warm-up and immerse yourself in the 30-year history of the International Snow Sculpture Championships presented by Toyota. Located inside the Riverwalk Center, the FirstBank Warming Hut will feature a history exhibit, souvenir shop and volunteers to answer any event questions.

 


Thursday, January 23


All Day – SCULPTING CONTINUES

Watch as 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.  Download the 2020 event program guide.

Location: Exterior of Riverwalk Center, located at 150 W. Adams Avenue

 

All Day – PEOPLE’S CHOICE VOTING CONTINUES

Whether you’re here in Breckenridge or simply wishing you were,  you’re invited to vote for your favorite International Snow Sculpture Championships presented by Toyota sculpture. Vote for your favorite sculpture starting 1/22/20. Voting Ends: Saturday, January 25 at 2:00pm. Votes will be tallied and the People’s Choice Winner will be announced on @GoBreck social accounts the following day.
Cast Your Vote

 

12:00pm – 8:00pm – FIRSTBANK WARMING HUT EXHIBIT

Warm-up and immerse yourself in the 30-year history of the International Snow Sculpture Championships presented by Toyota. Located inside the Riverwalk Center, the FirstBank Warming Hut will feature a history exhibit, souvenir shop and volunteers to answer any event questions.

Hint: Thursday is one of the best times to visit. Artists are preparing to stay up all night to do detail work and the atmosphere is celebratory. Why not spend a night or two and catch the whole weekend? You won’t regret seeing the sculptures evolve and witnessing the awards given out.

 

Judging & Award Ceremony | January 24, 2020

Friday, January 24

All events are free and open to the public.


All Day – SCULPTURE VIEWING

View the completed International Snow Sculpture Championships presented by Toyota sculptures created by 16 teams from around the word. Download the 2020 event program guide.

Location: Exterior of Riverwalk Center, located at 150 W. Adams Avenue.

 

All Day – PEOPLE’S CHOICE VOTING CONTINUES

Whether you’re here in Breckenridge or simply wishing you were,  you’re invited to vote for your favorite International Snow Sculpture Championships presented by Toyota sculpture. Vote for your favorite sculpture starting 1/22/20. Voting Ends: Saturday, January 25 at 2:00pm. Votes will be tallied and the People’s Choice Winner will be announced on @GoBreck social accounts the following day.
Cast Your Vote

 

9:00 am – SCULPTING ENDS & JUDGING BEGINS

The sculptures will be judged on technical skill, creativity, expressive impact and adherence to the original submission. Join us at 6:00pm in the Riverwalk Center for a public awards ceremony announcing the competition winners for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places and the Artists’ Choice award.

 

12:00pm – 8:00pm – FIRSTBANK WARMING HUT EXHIBIT

Warm-up and immerse yourself in the 30-year history of the International Snow Sculpture Championships presented by Toyota. Located inside the Riverwalk Center, the FirstBank Warming Hut will feature a history exhibit, souvenir shop and volunteers to answer any event questions.

 

5:15pm – 10:00pm – NEW – Snow Glow: Projection Mapping Art Installation 

We invite you to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships presented by Toyota with Snow Glow, an innovative journey on the forefront of art.  A team of visual light designers will collaborate with a non-competing snow sculpture team to bring a 30-foot intricate snow sculpture to life.  During the course of three days, the snow sculpture team will create their 30-foot masterpiece (3 times the size of the ISSC presented by Toyota team sculptures).  Upon completion, every inch of the snow sculpture’s surface will be digitally mapped and measured to fit almost half a million digital map locations the size of a pixel on every throughout the sculpture’s surface.  Each pixel of the projection mapping production is specifically mapped to the uneven surfaces of the snow sculpture and animated to create the visual effect of the images coming to life. The melding of the two art forms creates Snow Glow, an innovative display that allows the artists to tell their story through light and sound using state-of-the-art pinpoint mapping technology.  The effect creates a 2D animation that will look 3D to the naked eye.

Location: Blue River Plaza

Time: Snow Glow runs continuously 5:15pm – 10:00pm from Jan. 24 through Jan. 29
*On January 29 the last show will start at 6:45pm.  Sculpture viewing will close and sculptures will we taken down at 7:00pm.

 

6:00pm – 30TH ANNIVERSARY INTERNATIONAL SNOW SCULPTURE CHAMPIONSHIPS PRESENTED BY TOYOTA AWARDS CEREMONY

Join us for the 30th International Snow Sculpture Championships presented by Toyota Award Ceremony celebrating the completion of sculpting week and announcing which teams will win Gold, Silver, Bronze and Artists’ Choice. This is a free event and tickets are not needed.  What do the teams win?  There are no cash prizes; artists compete only for glory.  The first, second and third place winners each receive a medallion, a trophy and a ribbon.  Awards are also presented to the winners of the People’s Choice and Artists’ Choice.

Location:  Riverwalk Center, located at 150 W. Adams Avenue

 

7:00 pm – SCULPTURE ILLUMINATION

You won’t want to miss the finished sculptures lit to perfection with an ever-changing and unique lighting display. There will be 10 minutes of white light on the hour and ½ hour.

Location: Exterior of Riverwalk Center, located at 150 W. Adams Avenue

 

Viewing Weekend | January 25-29, 2020

All events are free and open to the public.

Saturday, January 25

 

All Day – SCULPTURE VIEWING

View the completed International Snow Sculpture Championships presented by Toyota sculptures created by 16 teams from around the word.  Download the 2020 event program guide.

Location: Exterior of Riverwalk Center, located at 150 W. Adams Avenue

 

2:00pm – PEOPLE’S CHOICE VOTING ENDS

Whether you’re here in Breckenridge or simply wishing you were,  you’re invited to vote for your favorite International Snow Sculpture Championships presented by Toyota sculpture. Vote for your favorite sculpture starting 1/22/20. Voting Ends: Saturday, January 25 at 2:00pm. Votes will be tallied and the People’s Choice Winner will be announced on @GoBreck social accounts the following day.
Cast Your Vote

 

12:00pm – 8:00pm – FIRSTBANK WARMING HUT EXHIBIT

Warm-up and immerse yourself in the 30-year history of the International Snow Sculpture Championships presented by Toyota. Located inside the Riverwalk Center, the FirstBank Warming Hut will feature a history exhibit, souvenir shop and volunteers to answer any event questions.

 

5:15pm – 10:00pm – NEW – Snow Glow: Projection Mapping Art Installation 

We invite you to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships presented by Toyota with Snow Glow, an innovative journey on the forefront of art.  A team of visual light designers will collaborate with a non-competing snow sculpture team to bring a 30-foot intricate snow sculpture to life.  During the course of three days, the snow sculpture team will create their 30-foot masterpiece (3 times the size of the ISSC presented by Toyota team sculptures).  Upon completion, every inch of the snow sculpture’s surface will be digitally mapped and measured to fit almost half a million digital map locations the size of a pixel on every throughout the sculpture’s surface.  Each pixel of the projection mapping production is specifically mapped to the uneven surfaces of the snow sculpture and animated to create the visual effect of the images coming to life. The melding of the two art forms creates Snow Glow, an innovative display that allows the artists to tell their story through light and sound using state-of-the-art pinpoint mapping technology.  The effect creates a 2D animation that will look 3D to the naked eye.

Location: Blue River Plaza

Time: Snow Glow runs continuously 5:15pm – 10:00pm from Jan. 24 through Jan. 29
*On January 29 the last show will start at 6:45pm.  Sculpture viewing will close and sculptures will we taken down at 7:00pm.

 

7:00 pm – SCULPTURE ILLUMINATION

You won’t want to miss the finished sculptures lit to perfection with an ever-changing and unique lighting display. There will be 10 minutes of white light on the hour and ½ hour.

Location: Exterior of Riverwalk Center, located at 150 W. Adams Avenue.


Sunday, January 26

 

All Day – SCULPTURE VIEWING

View the completed International Snow Sculpture Championships presented by Toyota sculptures created by 16 teams from around the word.  Download the 2020 event program guide.

Location: Exterior of Riverwalk Center, located at 150 W. Adams Avenue

 

12:00pm – 8:00pm – FIRSTBANK WARMING HUT EXHIBIT

Warm-up and immerse yourself in the 30-year history of the International Snow Sculpture Championships presented by Toyota. Located inside the Riverwalk Center, the FirstBank Warming Hut will feature a history exhibit, souvenir shop and volunteers to answer any event questions.

 

5:15pm – 10:00pm – NEW – Snow Glow: Projection Mapping Art Installation 

We invite you to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships presented by Toyota with Snow Glow, an innovative journey on the forefront of art.  A team of visual light designers will collaborate with a non-competing snow sculpture team to bring a 30-foot intricate snow sculpture to life.  During the course of three days, the snow sculpture team will create their 30-foot masterpiece (3 times the size of the ISSC presented by Toyota team sculptures).  Upon completion, every inch of the snow sculpture’s surface will be digitally mapped and measured to fit almost half a million digital map locations the size of a pixel on every throughout the sculpture’s surface.  Each pixel of the projection mapping production is specifically mapped to the uneven surfaces of the snow sculpture and animated to create the visual effect of the images coming to life. The melding of the two art forms creates Snow Glow, an innovative display that allows the artists to tell their story through light and sound using state-of-the-art pinpoint mapping technology.  The effect creates a 2D animation that will look 3D to the naked eye.

Location: Blue River Plaza

Time: Snow Glow runs continuously 5:15pm – 10:00pm from Jan. 24 through Jan. 29
*On January 29 the last show will start at 6:45pm.  Sculpture viewing will close and sculptures will we taken down at 7:00pm.

 

7:00 pm – SCULPTURE ILLUMINATION

You won’t want to miss the finished sculptures lit to perfection with an ever-changing and unique lighting display. There will be 10 minutes of white light on the hour and ½ hour.

Location: Exterior of Riverwalk Center, located at 150 W. Adams Avenue.

 


Monday, January 27

 

All Day – SCULPTURE VIEWING

View the completed International Snow Sculpture Championships presented by Toyota sculptures created by 16 teams from around the word.  Download the 2020 event program guide.

Location: Exterior of Riverwalk Center, located at 150 W. Adams Avenue

 

12:00pm – 8:00pm – FIRSTBANK WARMING HUT EXHIBIT

Warm-up and immerse yourself in the 30-year history of the International Snow Sculpture Championships presented by Toyota. Located inside the Riverwalk Center, the FirstBank Warming Hut will feature a history exhibit, souvenir shop and volunteers to answer any event questions.

 

5:15pm – 10:00pm – NEW – Snow Glow: Projection Mapping Art Installation 

We invite you to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships presented by Toyota with Snow Glow, an innovative journey on the forefront of art.  A team of visual light designers will collaborate with a non-competing snow sculpture team to bring a 30-foot intricate snow sculpture to life.  During the course of three days, the snow sculpture team will create their 30-foot masterpiece (3 times the size of the ISSC presented by Toyota team sculptures).  Upon completion, every inch of the snow sculpture’s surface will be digitally mapped and measured to fit almost half a million digital map locations the size of a pixel on every throughout the sculpture’s surface.  Each pixel of the projection mapping production is specifically mapped to the uneven surfaces of the snow sculpture and animated to create the visual effect of the images coming to life. The melding of the two art forms creates Snow Glow, an innovative display that allows the artists to tell their story through light and sound using state-of-the-art pinpoint mapping technology.  The effect creates a 2D animation that will look 3D to the naked eye.

Location: Blue River Plaza

Time: Snow Glow runs continuously 5:15pm – 10:00pm from Jan. 24 through Jan. 29
*On January 29 the last show will start at 6:45pm.  Sculpture viewing will close and sculptures will we taken down at 7:00pm.

7:00 pm – SCULPTURE ILLUMINATION
You won’t want to miss the finished sculptures lit to perfection with an ever-changing and unique lighting display. There will be 10 minutes of white light on the hour and ½ hour.

Location: Exterior of Riverwalk Center, located at 150 W. Adams Avenue.

 


Tuesday, January 28

 

All Day – SCULPTURE VIEWING

View the completed International Snow Sculpture Championships presented by Toyota sculptures created by 16 teams from around the word.  Download the 2020 event program guide.

Location: Exterior of Riverwalk Center, located at 150 W. Adams Avenue.

 

12:00pm – 8:00pm – FIRSTBANK WARMING HUT EXHIBIT

Warm-up and immerse yourself in the 30-year history of the International Snow Sculpture Championships presented by Toyota. Located inside the Riverwalk Center, the FirstBank Warming Hut will feature a history exhibit, souvenir shop and volunteers to answer any event questions.

 

5:15pm – 10:00pm – NEW – Snow Glow: Projection Mapping Art Installation 

We invite you to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships presented by Toyota with Snow Glow, an innovative journey on the forefront of art.  A team of visual light designers will collaborate with a non-competing snow sculpture team to bring a 30-foot intricate snow sculpture to life.  During the course of three days, the snow sculpture team will create their 30-foot masterpiece (3 times the size of the ISSC presented by Toyota team sculptures).  Upon completion, every inch of the snow sculpture’s surface will be digitally mapped and measured to fit almost half a million digital map locations the size of a pixel on every throughout the sculpture’s surface.  Each pixel of the projection mapping production is specifically mapped to the uneven surfaces of the snow sculpture and animated to create the visual effect of the images coming to life. The melding of the two art forms creates Snow Glow, an innovative display that allows the artists to tell their story through light and sound using state-of-the-art pinpoint mapping technology.  The effect creates a 2D animation that will look 3D to the naked eye.

Location: Blue River Plaza

Time: Snow Glow runs continuously 5:15pm – 10:00pm from Jan. 24 through Jan. 29
*On January 29 the last show will start at 6:45pm.  Sculpture viewing will close and sculptures will we taken down at 7:00pm.

 

7:00 pm – SCULPTURE ILLUMINATION

You won’t want to miss the finished sculptures lit to perfection with an ever-changing and unique lighting display. There will be 10 minutes of white light on the hour and ½ hour.

Location: Exterior of Riverwalk Center, located at 150 W. Adams Avenue.

 


Wednesday, January 29
(LAST DAY TO VIEW SCULPTURES)
The event site will close at 7:00 pm on January 29 and the sculptures will be taken down.

 

12:00am – 7:00pm – SCULPTURE VIEWING

View the completed International Snow Sculpture Championships presented by Toyota sculptures created by 16 teams from around the word.  Download the 2020 event program guide.

Location: Exterior of Riverwalk Center, located at 150 W. Adams Avenue.

 

12:00pm – 8:00pm – FIRSTBANK WARMING HUT EXHIBIT

Warm-up and immerse yourself in the 30-year history of the International Snow Sculpture Championships presented by Toyota. Located inside the Riverwalk Center, the FirstBank Warming Hut will feature a history exhibit, souvenir shop and volunteers to answer any event questions.

 

5:15pm – 10:00pm – NEW – Snow Glow: Projection Mapping Art Installation 

We invite you to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships presented by Toyota with Snow Glow, an innovative journey on the forefront of art.  A team of visual light designers will collaborate with a non-competing snow sculpture team to bring a 30-foot intricate snow sculpture to life.  During the course of three days, the snow sculpture team will create their 30-foot masterpiece (3 times the size of the ISSC presented by Toyota team sculptures).  Upon completion, every inch of the snow sculpture’s surface will be digitally mapped and measured to fit almost half a million digital map locations the size of a pixel on every throughout the sculpture’s surface.  Each pixel of the projection mapping production is specifically mapped to the uneven surfaces of the snow sculpture and animated to create the visual effect of the images coming to life. The melding of the two art forms creates Snow Glow, an innovative display that allows the artists to tell their story through light and sound using state-of-the-art pinpoint mapping technology.  The effect creates a 2D animation that will look 3D to the naked eye.

Location: Blue River Plaza

Time: Snow Glow runs continuously 5:15pm – 10:00pm from Jan. 24 through Jan. 29
*On January 29 the last show will start at 6:45pm.  Sculpture viewing will close and sculptures will we taken down at 7:00pm.

 

7:00pm – SCULPTURES REMOVED
Event site will be closed and the sculptures will be taken down at 7:00pm.

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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

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.

Sign-up

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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