Locals and visitors create art from snow along Main Street in famed ski town
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — The International Snow Sculpture Championships held in Breckenridge each year have become a big deal, drawing top teams from around the world. But for founder Rob Neyland, snow sculpting essentially remains a winter backyard diversion — just another way to play in the snow.
To stay connected to those roots, Neyland, of Breckenridge Associates Real Estate, and other founders of the championships founded the Breckenridge Snowflake Challenge as a way for locals and visitors to participate in the magical fun of creating art from snow.
The sculpting is under way right now up and down Main Street, with more than 15 teams vying for $1,500 in first-place prize money. Site maps are available at the Welcome Center at 203 South Main Street, and the final judging is set for Dec. 11.
“On the way to becoming the capital of snow art, we lost touch with being the home to snow art in Colorado,” said Rob Neyland, one of the founders of Breckenridge’s International Snow Sculpture Championships. “Our cause is to promote the art and sport of snow sculpture, by providing the opportunity, venue and incentive to awaken the next generation of Breckenridge snow artists.”
The third annual Snowflake Challenge is sponsored by Breckenridge Associates Real Estate, Breckenridge Resort Chamber, KSMT Radio, Summit Daily News and Coors Tap the Rockies. This event is not to be confused with the Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships, which will take place January 25-30, 2011.