2019 Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Competition

Ever since we started coming to Breckenridge in January, one of our favorite events is the Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Competition. This is where artists come to Breckenridge from all over the world and sculpt 20 ton blocks of snow into incredible art works. The artists have 96 straight hours to work around the clock with only hand tools.

This year we were lucky enough to see the event unfold from when it was an empty parking lot, to seeing them building the snow blocks and then see the carving as it progressed.

We actually happened to be walking through the park when they called the 5 minute warning for the carving to start.

Here is our group walking around and standing next to one of the American team’s blocks. You can get an idea of the size by people standing next to the block.

Here’s a little clip of the start of the competition. You can see the camera giggle when the cannon goes off because we couldn’t hear the countdown so I wasn’t expecting it.

Here is a small selection of the photos we took during the carving week so you can see how the blocks of snow turned into beautiful works of art.

We also lucked out and was able to see the fireworks on the Saturday night of viewing weekend. In fact, while we were hiking up on the mountain, we met the guys who set off the fireworks. They told us it would be an impressive display, and they were right!

Setting up for the fireworks at Breckenridge, CO.
Setting up for the fireworks at Breckenridge, CO.

From the riverbank near the River Walk Center, we had a great view of the fireworks. Here is a small sample of the fireworks.

You can also see more pictures at various Breckenridge website locations:

The GoBreck Facebook site also produced this cool video of the final scultpures.