Preparations for the 2013 Snow Sculpture Championships begin
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.
The most viewed video in January was the Ullr Fest Parade, with 735 views as of today. The next most popular were the Tuaca Body Art Ball, with 397 views, and Breckenridge Snow Sculpture Championships Day 2, with 372 views. For coverage of the snow sculpture championships from day one through the awards ceremony and beyond, check out our Breckenridge Snow Sculpture page.
Stan Wagon looks back at 13 years of snow sculpting
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.”
The snow sculptures are fantastic in the daytime, but they reach otherworldly heights at night, contrasting against the dark sky.
The multicolored lights of the eco-friendly LED lighting system are constantly shifting, lending a mesmerizing quality to the sculptures. In spite of the warm weather and melting over the weekend, the sculptures remained a visual feast Sunday night that was not to be missed.
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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.