The International Snow Sculpture Championships returns to Breckenridge this January! Twelve teams from ten different countries will be creating beautiful works of wintery art over the course of five days- created entirely from snow and using only hand tools. These massive snow sculptures begin as 20-ton blocks of snow and end as an incredibly intricate and creative outdoor showcase of artwork. During the viewing week, the sculptures are illuminated nightly from 4:30p.m. to 11:00p.m., transforming downtown Breckenridge into an enchanting wonderland!

The International Snow Sculpture Championships have occurred in Breckenridge for over thirty years, but the tradition predates the competition. As far back as the seventies, as part of the Ullr Fest tradition, amateur teams would create snow sculptures out of heaps of snow in front of shops and restaurants on Main Street. One team, named Carvin’ Marvin and the Snowflakes, participated in the tradition, won several years running, and in 1985 were asked to go to nationals. The team started competing professionally and decided to bring artists to Breckenridge, creating the first International Snow Sculpture Championships in 1990.

The pristine snow is made by Breckenridge Resort, trucked to the Riverwalk Center, and stomped into ten by ten by twelve-foot blocks. The concepts are created as a clay model and then brought to life in snow using handmade tools. The participants praised the competition as fun and enjoyable with an atmosphere of sharing and collaborating.

This event is a must-see in Breckenridge. Stop by the Riverwalk Center to see the magic for yourself!

Riverwalk Center

150 West Adams Avenue
Breckenridge, CO 80424

  • Sculpting Week: January 22-26, 2024
  • Viewing Week: January 26-31, 2024
    • Evening Grand Illumination from 4:30-10:00 p.m.
    • IMPORTANT: Timed entry reservations will be required on Saturday, January 27, 2024.
  • People’s Choice Voting: from January 24-27
  • Award Ceremony: January 26, 2024, 5:30-6p.m.
  • The closest parking is F Lot. Snow sculptures are extremely popular, and this lot will likely fill quickly!
  • Free parking is available at the Airport Road lot, with a shuttle service every 15 minutes.
  • On Saturday and Sunday (January 27-28) of the event, there will be free parking and complimentary shuttles from Colorado Mountain College.
    • CMC address: 107 Denison Placer Road, Breckenridge, CO 80424
  • China
  • Denmark
  • Ecuador
  • Germany-Bavaria
  • Germany-Theil
  • India-Callisto
  • Korea
  • Lithuania
  • Mexico
  • Mongolia-Tserendash
  • USA-Breckenridge
  • USA-Wisconsin/Tomczak