Breckenridge — time to stomp!

Preparations for the 2013 Snow Sculpture Championships begin

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Photos and story by Jenney Coberly

BRECKENRIDGE — Creating art requires serious preparation, and the International Snow Sculpture Championship in Breckenridge is no exception. Before the artists can begin their ephemeral masterpieces, dozens of volunteers and town employees gathered this week at the Riverwalk to “stomp” 20-ton blocks of snow.

The Riverwalk Center parking lot bustled with activity as construction of snow monoliths commenced. Workers use a crane to assemble the big construction forms for holding the snow as it is compacted. Operators drive bulldozers and operate giant snowblowers to get the snow into the forms. Once a sufficient layer of snow is deposited, volunteers climb up a scaffolding and then down a ladder into the form to stomp the snow firmly into place.

Snow stomping will continue until Friday, January 18. Opening ceremonies kick off the start of sculpting on Tuesday, January 22, and the artists work morning, noon and night until early Saturday morning, January 19. The snow sculptures will be on display, weather permitting, until February 3.

Visit the GoBreck website for the schedule and complete information about the event.

Breckenridge: Volunteers wanted for snow-sculpting event

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

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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

Photoblog: Breckenridge Snow Sculpting Championships

Winners will be announced 3:30 pm. Sunday

Photos and story by Jenney Coberly

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BRECKENRIDGE —The artists have completed their work, creating a series of stunning and memorable sculptures at this year’s competition in Breckenridge, with public voting continuing through 2 p.m. Sunday. The awards ceremony will be held at 3:30 pm, when the results of the formal judging, the People’s Choice, and the Kid’s Choice will be announced.

Breckenridge: Ready, set, sculpt!

Day one of the Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships

Snow sculpting began Tuesday in the Riverwalk Center parking lot

Story and photos by Jenney Coberly

BRECKENRIDGE — At 11 a.m. on a snow showery Tuesday, the Riverwalk Center erupted into a flurry of activity as sculptors started work on the 20-ton monoliths of snow that had been brooding silently in the parking lot since the end of snow stomping last Thursday.

As the artists took axes and saws to the snow blocks to begin the rough work, chunks flew and littered the ground, where the growing piles were whisked away by a busy Bobcat loader. Sculpting will continue all day Wednesday, Thursday, and then through the night on Friday. Judging is at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 28.

The first cut is the deepest ...

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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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Perpetual Motion in Breckenridge snow

Stan Wagon looks back at 13 years of snow sculpting

(Left) Eva Hild, her model, and the completed work. (Right) A view at night, showing the effects of the new LED lighting system at the 2011 Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championships. Click on the photo to read how this year's sculpture emerged from the snow. The sculptures, well-preserved by this week's chilly weather, are on display for a few more days. PHOTOS BY RICH SEELEY.

Editor’s note: Stan Wagon is a professor of mathematics and computer science at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota and a backcountry explorer and mountaineer.  He lives in Silverthorne for part of the year. Click here to visit his website. And click here to visit Seeley’s website.

By Stan Wagon

Perhaps some of you have looked at the snow sculptures on display in Breckenridge and thought: “That doesn’t look so hard and would be fun to do.”

That is what I thought back in 1998 when I talked a sculpting friend, Helaman Ferguson, into joining me and some others in submitting an entry for 1999. We were accepted and sculpted our intended piece, but we were really beginners as far as tools went. Continue reading

VLOG: 2011 Breckenridge Snow Sculpting Championships

The 2011 Budweiser International Snow Sculpting Championships got under way at Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge Tuesday morning, January 25, at 11 a.m.

This is the first installment in my video log (VLOG) of the 2011 Breckenridge International Snow Sculpting Championships.

Sunday, January 23

Late Sunday afternoon, two days before the start of the contest, I stopped by the Riverwalk parking lot, thinking that the snow blocks were probably ready to go, and indeed they were. The volunteers during technical week had done their job well, and the parking lot was lined with two rows of large white monoliths. Shooting video of the blocks in the absence of any activity seemed like an uninteresting proposition, but there were some neat lenticular clouds in the background, so I took a few stills, trying to get some interesting angles, lighting and textures.

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Morning photo: Snow sculpting in Breckenridge

Art emerges

A brilliant 3D rendering of an Alaskan grizzly bear at the 2010 International snow sculpture contest in Breckenridge, Colorado.

SUMMIT COUNTY — In Breckenridge, snow isn’t just for skiing. Each winter, teams of artists from all over the world converge on the Colorado mountain town to shape massive blocks of snow into ephemeral works of art outside the Breckenridge Riverwalk Center.

The 2011 Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships began January 17 with a technical week, as local volunteers helped create the blocks of snow. The sculpting begins Jan. 25 with a shotgun start and continues through Jan. 29 at 10 a.m.

Often, the teams work through the chilly, wee hours of the morning on the last night of the competition to put the finishing touches on their sculptures. The award ceremony is Jan. 30 at 3:30 p.m.

Get more information at the Town of Breckenridge snow sculpture website and enjoy the photos from last year’s event in the daily photoblog. Continue reading

Snow fantasies emerge at Breckenridge event

The blocks of snow are ready ... click on the photo for more information.

Snow sculpting competition begins under sunny skies, stay tuned for more photos and stories

By Bob Berwyn

BRECKENRIDGE — Snow sculptors from around the world started work Tuesday morning, shaving, chopping, measuring, scraping and shaping huge blocks of snow into fanciful works of art. We’ve posted a few pictures from the first few hours of the event as teams sized up the snow and started to form the rough outlines of their creations. Check back often with Summit Voice, as we’ll be updating this photoblog with more images.

Click here for all the official event information. And click on the “read more” button for more photos.

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