Ice sculpting

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Description: Winners 2015 Description Schedule Video Lodging Event Map/Parking Event Program Volunteer BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. – Jan. 30, 2016 – Team USA-Vermont won Gold in the 26th

  • Winners 2015
  • Description
  • Schedule
  • Video
  • Lodging
  • Event Map/Parking
  • Event Program
  • Volunteer

BRECKENRIDGE, Colo. – Jan. 30, 2016 – Team USA-Vermont won Gold in the 26th annual International Snow Sculpture Championships with “Rhonda and Her Recycling Robo-Octopus,” a piece that depicted 14-year-old science whiz Rhonda riding inside her invention – the Robo-Octopus – which helps clean the ocean floor. Judges appreciated the piece’s achievements both technically and conceptually, and the appeal for audiences on multiple levels.

Along with 15 other teams, Vermont sculptors worked with only hand tools for 65 hours across five days to create a temporary outdoor art gallery. Sculptures will remain on display at the Riverwalk Center in Breckenridge, Colo. until Sunday, Feb. 7 (weather permitting). Visit for detailed event information.

• Team Switzerland won Silver with “Converse.” The sculpture depicted two structures, almost identical, yet converse.

• Team USA-Loveland won Bronze with “Bolting from Extinction,” a piece rooted in the idea that nature does not know extinction because it only knows transformation. They were also the winner of Kids Choice Award.

• Team USA-Wisconsin won Artists’ Choice with “Dia de los Muertos,” which represented an altar seen during the Mexican holiday.

Jenn Cram, judge coordinator and director of public programs and engagement for Breckenridge Creative Arts commented on behalf of the judging panel: “Vermont’s sculpture is visually delightful, it appeals to the child in all of us while addressing a serious global issue. The piece combined both technical risk and a high level of detail. It is superbly executed in 360 degrees.”

Artists battled a mix of conditions – sunshine, varied temperatures and wind – during competition week. Several pieces partially collapsed shortly after the sculpting deadline of 10:00 a.m. MST on Saturday, Jan. 30. It was a reminder of the temporary nature of the medium and just how willing teams are to push the limits of snow. Judges recognized both German teams (whose pieces fell prior to the deadline) for their willingness to take risks. “We know that they are always contenders for this event,” said Cram.

An official awards ceremony took place today at the Breckenridge Riverwalk Center. Winners receive medals and recognition from the international snow sculpture community – though no prize money is awarded, all teams receive travel stipends, meals and lodging. The result is one of the world’s most prestigious snow sculpting events, where teams are known to take risks and come together in the spirit of camaraderie.

Teams competing included Canada (Yukon), Estonia, Finland, France, Germany (Agrawal), Germany (Theil), Great Britain, Mexico, Mongolia (Batmunkh), Mongolia (Bayanmunkh), Switzerland, USA (Breckenridge), USA (Loveland), USA (Vermont), USA (Wisconsin), and Ukraine. Visit for start to finish photos and video.

Due to the 11 inches of snow that fell Saturday night and warm temperatures that morning, the snow sculptures are not in pristine shape. Fourteen of 16 are still standing; however, most have deteriorated. It’s a reminder of the temporary nature of the artform and a small example of the challenges with which these artists are faced. Visit to see all the completed pieces and cast your vote for Social Media Fan Favorite. Voting ends Feb. 7.

The Snow Sculptures are located in the area around the Riverwalk Center at 150 West Adams Avenue, Breckenridge, CO 80424. Event headquarters are in the Riverwalk Center and referred to as the Thaw Lounge + Music .

Be sure to stop by the Thaw Lounge+Music for postcards, pins and for more event information including a look at past sculptures .

Discover the process of snow sculpting, information about the teams and lots of interesting trivia. Located in the Thaw Lounge+Music, this exhibit explores the last 25 years of the Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships Presented by your Hometown Toyota Stores.

Support your favorite sculpture with the People's Choice Vote. Voting occurs throughout sculpting week through Sunday, February 1 at 2:00 p.m. Stop by the Thaw Lounge+Music or look for our volunteers throughout the site in addition to the voting jars attached to the fence in front of the sculptures. A $1 donation receives one vote and goes directly to supporting the Budweiser International Snow Sculpture Championships Presented by your Hometown Toyota Stores.

Don't miss the spectacular Ice Village, located at the Riverwalk Center. Each intricate carving is sculpted into a glowing statue. The sculptures represent many of the supporters of the Snow Sculpture Championships.

Free 3 hour parking is available at the Courthouse Lot, off the alley between Wellington and Lincoln; the Barney Ford Lot, at the corner of Ridge Street and Washington Avenue; the French Street Lot, on the corner of French Street and Jefferson Avenue; and at the parking lot off of Airport Road- free transportation to the event from the Airport Lot will be provided from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Click here for more information about parking in Town.

Free public transportation is available throughout the town from 6:30 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. provided by the Breckenridge Free Ride. Maps are available at Event Headquarters located in the Riverwalk Center at 150 West Adams Avenue, The Welcome Center on Main Street, Breckenridge Station and on each bus and trolley or click here to find out more about the Breckenridge Free Ride. The closest bus stop to Event Headquarters is the F-Lot, which is serviced by most bus routes.

Please be aware that this is a snowy, high alpine environment. Dress warmly and appropriately with high traction shoes.

For more information or to volunteer, email Sydney Schwab at or call 970.453.5020.

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