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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.

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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

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: and the winners are…

North America sweeps snow sculpting prizes, with Team Mexico, Canada and Breck/USA taking top spots in Colorado contest

Snow sculpture crowd.

By Jenney Coberly

BRECKENRIDGE — There was gridlock on the streets of town as people thronged  the Breckenridge Snow Sculpture Championships during the weekend.  The warm and sunny weather brought out the crowds, but the strong sun wasn’t so kind to the sculptures. The Eternal Bridge, by Team Germany, fell victim to the sun on Saturday afternoon, and there was melting and smaller collapses on some of the other sculptures. In spite of the vagaries of Mother Nature, the sculptures remained beautiful to behold.

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