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Breckenridge: Volunteers wanted for snow-sculpting event

Volunteers can get up close and personal during the International Snow Sculpture Championships

snow stomping

Snow-stomping volunteers at work.  Photo by Jenney Coberly.

By Summit Voice

BRECKENRIDGE, COLORADO — This will be the 23rd year for the Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships in Breckenridge, where artists will carve mammoth 22-ton monoliths of snow into breathtaking sculptures. The championships attract artists from diverse countries such as Russia, China, Japan, Morocco, Belize, Finland, France, New Zealand, Switzerland, Sweden, Mexico, Great Britain, Spain, Bulgaria and Canada.

The snow sculpture staff is looking for volunteers to help with snow stomping, office tasks, technical aid, merchandise sales, program distributors, and much more. Positions are available both indoors and outdoors. This is a great way to spend some quality time seeing how the giant blocks of snow are created, watching the sculptors in action, chatting with the crowd, or helping feed the artists. Continue reading

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VIDEO: Stomping snow in Breckenridge

Technical week at the 2012 snow sculpting championships

A beautiful sculpture lurks inside each snow monolith — photo by Jenney Coberly

Story and video by Jenney Coberly

BRECKENRIDGE, CO — To paraphrase Michaelangelo, “Every block of snow has a sculpture inside it and it is the task of the artist to discover it.”

Heavy equipment in action always makes for good visuals, so check out the massive snowblower and the snow stomping activities in this video:

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Breckenridge snow sculptures: The 11th hour

Late Friday night, Jan. 28, contestants work through the night to complete their sculptures by 10 a.m. Saturday morning, when judging begins.

Greenman

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VLOG: Breckenridge Snow sculpting, day two

On Wednesday, Jan. 26, day two of sculpting, I check out progress and talk with three artists about their concepts.

Day Two: Taking form.

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Breckenridge snow sculpting, day 3: Taking shape …

The final stages of this year's snow sculpture championships in Breckenridge will coincide with a full moon. Be sure to make the trek to the Riverwalk Center to view the finished art work Saturday evening.

Victory ... but don't stop fighting!

SUMMIT COUNTY — What a difference 24 hours makes.  Wednesday, there were only rough outlines and shadowy shapes. Today, finite angles, curves and lines started to appear  from the great blocks of snow lined up outside the Breckenridge Riverwalk Center.

A massive reindeer head carved by a Chinese team as part of their Happy Herder sculpture; a group of western chorus frogs taking shape under the skilled hands of a team of Idaho artists; a powerful hand, two fingers spread in the universal gesture of peace  … or in this case “Victory,” as depicted by the Lithuanian team to express the fragility of victory and the need to keep fighting for what has been gained.

Art and mountain culture can transcend political and ideological boundaries, and the 2010 Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships are a living expression of those ideals.

We’ve updated our photoblog with some fresh images at this link.

Click here for official event information.

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