SNOW AS ART

February 07, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

On January 25th we headed to Breckenridge, Colorado to see the International Snow Sculpture Championship. The weather was perfect with temperatures in the low 40’s and lots of sunshine. The town was really hopping with lots of people there to ski and see the snow sculptors. After a quick lunch we headed over to check out the many snow sculptures on display.

There were two sculptures that were my favorite. If I had to pick, the dinosaur sculpture would be the number one sculpture for me. I also think the dinosaur sculpture was Zach’s favorite. He really liked the fact that the dinosaurs were battling. It is amazing being able to look at the snow sculptures up close. The amount of detail included in each is astonishing.

My second choice for best snow sculpture is the knight battling a dragon. The amount of detail in this sculpture was also incredible. It was sculpted so well you can almost see the determination in the knight’s face as he battles the evil serpent. It would have been interesting to see all the artists in action as they carved these beautiful creations out of big cubes of packed snow. It must have been time consuming and delicate work. I would hate to see the knight’s head fall off because of a miscalculation.

 

Dinosaur Battle Snow SculptureDinosaur Battle Snow SculptureA awesome snow sculpture showing dinosaurs in the heat of battle. Knight Fighting Dragon Snow SculptureKnight Fighting Dragon Snow SculptureA knight fighting a dragon snow sculpture in Breckenridge, Colorado

There were many other sculptures for viewing with some of them shown below. One even had a slide down the side that Zach got to try. In addition to snow sculptures there were also ice carvings. Most of the ice carvings were from various sponsors of the event but there were penguins and bears thrown in for good measure and to keep it interesting. There was also a large ice castle that you could have toured. The line to get into the castle looked a little long so we elected to skip and spent our time looking at the sculptures.

Dark Side of the Moon Snow SculptureDark Side of the Moon Snow SculptureThe dark side of the moon snow sculpture in Breckenridge, Colorado. Man in Boat Snow SculptureMan in Boat Snow SculptureA man in a boat snow sculpture in Breckenridge, Colorado.

After a few hours it was time to leave because I had a plan to stop at the top of Wilkerson pass to photograph sunset. Looking at the sky in Breckenridge before we departed was not very encouraging because the sky was completely vacant of clouds. We departed anyway and headed for Wilkerson pass. Things started to look up as we got closer with some nice thin clouds hovering just above the mountains west of Wilkerson. I pulled over, got everything set up, and waited to see what would happen. About fifteen minutes after the sun went behind the mounts the clouds ignited. It was truly a grand sight to see – absolutely gorgeous.

Sunset at Wilkerson PassSunset at Wilkerson PassOn my way back from Breckenridge I stopped on the top of Wilkerson pass to capture the sun setting. All day there were no clouds and it did not look promising as I headed out from Breckenridge. But luck was with me and as the sun was setting there were clouds on the horizon. This magnificent color appeared about ten to fifteen minutes after the sun went behind the mountains.

 

If you really want to see some great art made from snow, be sure to see next year’s Breckenridge International Snow Sculpture Championship.  And on your way back, be sure to check out Wilkerson Pass at sunset. Both of these activities will not disappoint and maybe I will see you there. 


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