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Budweiser International Snow Sculpting Championships – Stomp/Technical Week

Published: January 20, 2016
Picture provided by Summit Daily.

Picture provided by the Summit Daily

The Budweiser International Snow Sculpting Championships start off this week!  Also known as the “Stomp/Technical Week” this first week consists of creating and prepping huge blocks of snow.  This allows for a more consistent medium, giving the sculptors the ability to execute their gravity-defying designs.  As you can imagine, this is an extremely important piece to the success of snow sculptures!

During this week (1/18-1/23) visitors and locals alike are invited to watch and even participate in the creation of the huge blocks of snow by literally stomping them out! The enormous blocks of snow are built in anticipation of the artists arrival so that the blocks have time to settle and compact under their own weight prior to being carved.  If you’d like to volunteer, you can do so by calling Sydney Schwab at 970-453-5020 or by email at sydneys@gobreck.com.

Technical week wraps up on Saturday, January 23rd in Breckenridge and is being celebrated in the form of a “Block Party.”  There will be a Hazel Miller concert at the Riverwalk Center located at 150 West Adams Ave. Breckenridge, CO 80424.  Stop by and check out the 16 blank blocks prior to being carved and enjoy music by Hazel Miller.  This concert is free and open to the public, doors are at 7:00pm and the show is from 7:30pm-9:30pm.

Here is additional information about the Budweiser International Snow Sculpting Championships (provided by GoBreck):

Where are the sculptures located?
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 .

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

History on Display
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.

Don’t Forget to Vote
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.

The Magic of Ice
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.

Park and Stay Awhile
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.

Catch a Free Ride
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 sydneys@gobreck.com or call 970.453.5020.

 

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