International Snow Sculpture Championships

January 24-February 2, 2022

Back from its hiatus, the International Snow Sculpture Championships are returning to Breckenridge! Twelve teams from six 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 from 4:30p.m.-11:00p.m. nightly, transforming downtown Breckenridge into an enchanting wonderland!

The International Snow Sculpture Championships have been taking place 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, made friends and contacts 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 first created as a clay model and then brought to life in snow by utilizing handmade tools. The participants praise the competition as being 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

  • Carving Week: January 24-January 28, 2022
  • Viewing Week: January 28-February 2, 2022
    • Illumination from 4:30 p.m.-11:00 p.m.
    • IMPORTANT: Timed entry reservations will be required on Saturday, January 29, 2022 from 10 a.m.-p.m.
  • People’s Choice Voting: from January 26, 2022 at 12:00 p.m. to January 29, 2022 at 2 p.m.
  • Award Ceremony: January 28, 2022, 5:30 p.m.-6p.m.
    • Located inside of the Riverwalk Center- proof of vaccination required
  • Warming Hut: January 29-January 30, 2022, 10 a.m.-5p.m.
    • Displays the history of the competition and souvenir shop
    • Located inside of the Riverwalk Center- proof of vaccination required
  • Closest parking is F Lot. Snow sculptures are extremely popular and this lot is likely to fill very quickly!
  • Free parking is available at the Airport Road lot with shuttle service every 15 minutes.
    • Yellow Route from the Airport Auto stop to F lot is the most direct route
    • Click here to see the Breck FreeRide transit schedule
  • On the Saturday and Sunday (January 29 & 30) of the event, there will be free parking and complimentary shuttles from Colorado Mountain College
    • CMC address: 107 Denison Placer Road, Breckenridge, CO 80424
  • Ecuador
  • Germany – Agrawal
  • Germany – Theil
  • Italy
  • Lithuania
  • Mexico
  • USA – Breckenridge
  • USA – New York
  • USA – Vermont
  • USA – Wisconsin – Tomczak
  • USA – Wisconsin – Vogt
  • USA – Colorado